Lady Gaga

Streamline/Interscope 2013

Review by David Bowling


Lady Gaga has reached a point where she has two careers. She is the outrageous personality and the music artist who sells tens-of-millions of albums, singles, and downloads. Sometimes her ability to produce brilliant pop music is lost in her off-stage persona.

The Fame, The Fame Monster, and Born This Way made her one of the most recognizable people in the world. She has now returned with her fourth studio effort, Artpop. Given the quality of her first three releases, she had a lot to live up to and she doesn’t quite make it as the album has some inconsistency to it. This does not make it a bad or even an average album as there are enough excellent tracks to make it more than a worthwhile listen.

“Applause” has been riding high on the charts for the last several months and “Gypsy” and “G.U.Y. (Girl Under You)” are hits in waiting. “Swine” is just a fun song. “Dope” is a piano based song, a style she should visit more often.

The excitement of the previously mentioned tracks does not hold up throughout the album.  I think she just tries too hard in places and is too precise. Still, even when not at her consistent best, Lady Gaga still creates better music than most people. No doubt, Artpop will become s huge seller and some of the tracks will be a fine addition to her legacy.

Rating: ***1/2