31.) Lady GaGa – Born This Way
How does Lady GaGa follow up The Fame Monster, which was one of the most successful albums of modern times? On an artistic level, she chose to follow it up with the biggest, boldest, most personal album she could. And I don’t mean personal in terms of lyrics (though there’s that, too), but more like in terms of influences and sounds that GaGa loves. This album’s artistic project is to be a bold reappropriation of the late 80’s artists that most influence GaGa. When “Born This Way” totally rips off Madonna’s “Express Yourself” it is an intentional artistic nod. When Clarence Clemons (RIP) plays sax on “The Edge of Glory” it is because the specter of Bruce Springsteen appears throughout the entire album (but especially that track). New Wave influence? Check. Judas Priest influence? Check. Bon Jovi influence? Listen to album opener “Marry the Night.” This album is maligned in some circles, but those people are looking for different things in pop music than I am, I guess. The levels and mixes are ****ing perfect on this album. It’s dynamic and it sounds KILLER at a dance party. There are some clunker tracks here, which is a shame. Take out the horrendous “Government Hooker” and the album’s first 7 tracks are the best stretch in GaGa’s career. “Bloody Mary” is deliciously moody with techno-Gregorian chanting on the chorus, and she takes bold musical risks with the German electro track “Schibe” and the bizarre flamenco-influenced “Americano.” This album, most of it anyway, rules. **** you.
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