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Video: Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory

This is NO way to start a Friday.

Lady Gaga videos are usually something to get excited about. In ordinary circumstances, I would have spent a happy twenty minutes posting a selection of the most hilariously bonkers frames and revelling in the multi-million dollar madness of it all.

But not today.

Unfortunately there’s simply no escaping the fact that Lady Gaga’s video for The Edge of Glory is shit. Not just a little bit shit, but really, REALLY shit. So shit in fact, that I practically nodded off halfway though the five and a half minute snooze-a-thon.

For some people, the ‘stripped back’ video thing really works (Robyn, I’m looking at you). But not in this case. Prancing around the Sesame Street set in some Versace S&M gear just doesn’t cut it Lady Gaga. I wanted an army of dancers, 12 outfit changes, 32 technicolour wigs and weird things popping out of your va-jay-jay!

I’m seriously considering going back to bed and pretending that today never happened :(

Album Review: Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Unless you’ve been in a cultural coma for the past three months, you’ll know that Lady Gaga‘s relentlessly hyped album, Born This Way is released on Monday (cue two billion ‘little monsters’ collectively jizzing their pants).

Unfortunately, you’re also likely to have already heard most of what the album has to offer, thanks to a tsunami of spoilers which have included catwalk shows, pre-release downloads, full album streams and a particularly dubious tie-in with, er… Farmville.

So with all sense of release-day excitement completely obliterated (well done marketing types), what’s the album actually like?

PRETTY FUCKING AMAZING.

At the risk of sounding like one of Gaga’s paw waving fanatics, almost every track on Born This Way is roughly seven and a half times more interesting than anything heard on her debut album, The Fame (which was by no-means rubbish).

A dance album at heart, Born This Way is dripping with flamboyant excess, incorporating an eclectic and often baffling mix of influences. Expect to hear some amazingly 80′s saxophone, a raved-up mariachi band, a smattering of Gregorian chanting and even a cameo from Mr Anita Dobson.

Remarkably, it all comes together in a cohesive and brilliantly unique way, creating an album stuffed with potential hits that are all unmistakably Gaga. And yes, those bat-shit crazy, pseudo-European accents are BACK!

Early singles, Born This Way and Judas are Lady Gaga at her most traditional and serve as a great introduction to the album. However it’s surprise hit, The Edge of Glory which manages to pack the bigger punch, and is perhaps more representative of her evolved sound.

Government Hooker is a deliciously theatrical slice of electro sleaze, that would definitely be my stripper music if I were to ever become an actual stripper. While Schiße is a balls to the wall techno belter that will have you clamouring to book the next available budget flight to Berlin.

After a slow start, Marry The Night erupts into a euphoric chorus that’s matched only by Hair in its celebratory sense of gay abandon. You and I is the album’s one obligatory piano rock number, that’s thankfully much better here than previously performed by that ghastly girl on American Idol.

Are there any weak tracks? No, not really. Bad Kids and Highway Unicorn don’t connect with me as instantly as the rest of the album. But they’re far from rubbish, and hardcore little monsters are bound to love them unreservedly.

So despite the questionable artwork and her recent dalliances with prosthetic horns, Lady Gaga has managed to produce her strongest body of work to date. An epic album which will undoubtably sell by the bucketload and cement her position as pop’s most fascinating figurehead.

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Video: Lady Gaga – Judas

Dust off your bible, break out the rosary beads and get ready for some heavy-handed religious imagery… Lady Gaga’s Judas has arrived!

Unfortunately it’s not in the same bonkers league as her sci-fi vagina epic, Born This Way, but it’s still worth a closer look.

Judas bikers

So the theme of this video is 'bikers'... expect plenty of leather jackets, boots, a paunche or two, some questionable personal hygiene and crusty beards.

Lady Gaga and Jesus

I'm hazarding a guess that this chap might be Jesus - his crown o' thorns is a dead giveaway.

Judas

Say hello to Judas (aka that man from The Walking Dead). He's mean, moody and one of those dangerous, sexy types your mother warned you about.

John's backside

No-one wants to look at your arse crack John, put it away!

Shakira's Waka Waka

Shakira pops in to provide some much needed Waka Waka.

Lady Gaga's Shoop Shoop shuffle

Loving the semi-ridiculous / semi-amazing choreography. This finger clicking, side-step shuffle is clearly pinched from The Shoop Shoop Song.

Lady Gaga's Jesus

Is it any wonder Gaga's got a thing for Judas when Jesus goes around looking this miserable? BLOODY CHEER UP!

Lady Gaga loves string

Officially the most fascinating bit of string in pop history.

Lady Gaga gets drenched

LOOK OUT! Symbolic drenching inbound!

Lady Gaga in the bath

Judas pours a can of beer over Gaga's arse. I'm sceptical this was actually in The Old Testament.

This is Gaga getting a proper biblical stoning. Likely reasons include: that hair, that dress, the Born This Way album artwork.

In conclusion… better than Alejandro, not as good as Bad Romance and probably not worth the church getting their cassocks in a twist over.

Can we get on with the album release now?

Born This Way artwork: amazing or crap?

This is the artwork for Lady Gaga’s next album. Is it a left-field stroke of genius? Or is it a steaming pile of shit? I SIMPLY CANNOT DECIDE!

Good points:

  1. It has Lady Gaga on it.
  2. She’s made an effort and put some red lippy on.
  3. Someone’s obviously spent a long time buffing that motorbike.

Bad points:

  1. That font.
  2. That font.
  3. That font.

An inconclusive summary then. But since hardly anyone buys actual CDs these days, it’s probably not worth losing any sleep over.

Video: Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Right then. So Lady Gaga’s latest video has just been birthed unto the world, and true to form it’s bat-shit-crazy and BRILLIANT.

Here are seven reasons why (Britney please take note):

1. It has a unicorn in it.

Lady Gaga and her chin eyeball

2. Gaga's rocking an eyeball on her chin - AN EYEBALL!

Wax head weirdness

3. She gives birth to a wax head.

Machine gun birth

4. She also gives birth to a machine gun (which must have chafed like a motherfucker).

Skulls and suits

5. A pink pony + skull face man + hairography = AMAZING!

Lady Gaga being a bit bonkers

6. Just because.

Lady Gaga's pratfall

7. She falls over for no apparent reason - this should be encouraged.

Wonderful work Gaga. I’m off to get my face tattooed.

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