ARTPOP (LP) [Explicit]


Lady Gaga

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Amoeba Review

11/11/2013

Sure, the costumes are amazing, but when is Lady Gaga’s music going to catch up to her outré public persona? ARTPOP aims to answer that question. From the get-go, ARTPOP is a stranger beast than her Eurodisco-foisting debut, the superior Fame Monster EP and its so-so follow-up, Born This Way. She made the insane “Aura” a single, with its Spaghetti Western riff, funhouse vocals and lack of discernable hooks, as if to prove this point. Yet plenty of ARTPOP also trades in the kind of hooky radio pop—and trendy genre hopping—she’s been known to employ. “Sexxx Dreams” is classic Gaga in the vein of “Paparrazi” and “Just Dance,” playing into Gaga’s ability to focus a singular idea into a dynamite pop song—in this case, the subject is clarified by the line: “when I lay in bed, I touch myself and think of you.” She rides EDM trends with the trapstep beats of “Jewels N’ Drugs,” featuring Too $hort and T.I., and puts out a laid-back pop/R&B single similar in character to Drake’s smash “Hold On, We’re Going Home” with “Do What U Want,” featuring none other than R. Kelly. At times ARTPOP is a bit scattershot, like she wanted to push the envelope while still ensuring she had enough hits to maintain relevancy, and you wish she would have pushed it further. But if it’s a sign of how strange Gaga is willing to move pop music down the line, let’s hope fans stay with her on ARTPOP, which just manages to have it both ways.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Aura
Lady Gaga 03:55
2.
Venus
Lady Gaga 03:53
3.
G.U.Y.
Lady Gaga 03:52
4.
Sexxx Dreams
Lady Gaga 03:34
5.
Jewels 'N' Drugs
Lady Gaga , T.I. , Too $hort , Twista 03:48
6.
MANiCURE
Lady Gaga 03:19
7.
Do What U Want
Lady Gaga , R. Kelly 03:47
8.
Artpop
Lady Gaga 04:07
9.
Swine
Lady Gaga 04:28
10.
Donatella
Lady Gaga 04:24
11.
Fashion!
Lady Gaga 03:59
12.
Mary Jane Holland
Lady Gaga 04:37
13.
Dope
Lady Gaga 03:41
14.
Gypsy
Lady Gaga 04:08
15.
Applause
Lady Gaga 03:32

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