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For the last couple of years, Katy Perry has been cleaning up the mess left by the controversial rollout and less-than-stellar sales of her previous record, Witness. She took up jury duties on American Idol, collaborated with other musicians (Zedd, Daddy Yankee), released a string of singles to varying degrees of success, and now she's releasing her newest album, Smile. Conceived as the apex of this course-correction process, Perry's fifth LP presents itself as a return to the optimistic top 40 ... read more
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While listening to Chromatica is not hard to imagine how pissed Lady Gaga must be for having to release this record in the middle of a pandemic. It's clearly an album made for clubs and arenas - and for them exclusively. Unlike her previous efforts, Chromatica doesn't really work on its own and, in fact, the LP format does it more harm than good. Somewhere at the halfway point it becomes clear that Gaga isn't interested in taking chances: she just wants to give her fans the electropop tracks ... read more
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If The Fame introduced Lady Gaga - the superstar wannabe who would nevertheless sing about having a superstar life - to the world, The Fame Monster is its logical step forward. The singer's first release after becoming world-renowned, and presented as a companion piece to her debut record, The Fame Monster is a gigantic evolution.

First of all, if part of The Fame's appeal was precisely the idea of a popstar who wasn't "really" a popstar, The Fame Monster is fascinating because it ... read more
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Listening to The Fame almost 12 years after its release, it's easy to notice two things: first, how fully formed the whole "idea" of Lady Gaga was from the get go; and second, how The Fame clearly is a product of its time.

The concept of an ersatz popstar, who would sing about having a luxurious, hedonistic life, while aknowledging that these said "experiences" were nothing but the dream of an "ordinary Jane", is what made Gaga an instantly appealing figure. The ... read more
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It's not necessarily bad BAD, but honestly, even the best tracks are among the most generic stuff any of these people have done. It just feels like nobody really cared about crafting a song specifically for the movie; they just handed whatever leftover they had that marginally fit the soundtrack aesthetic (*cough*that Ariana Grande-Max Martin-Ilya electropop thing*cough*) and job's done.
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