Everyone goes Gaga for Joanne

November 7, 2016
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For the last two years, Lady Gaga to disappear a great deal from the spotlight that she used to continuously attract in extraordinary costumes and confident behavior.

 

Two week ago, though, on October 21st, Gaga released her fifth album, Joanne. For what felt like the millionth time in the last few months, people couldn’t stop talking about Lady Gaga.

 

The release of Joanne was sandwiched between a number of ­­­­exciting announcements for the singer. First, it was announced that she would be the performer for the Super Bowl 2017 halftime show. Then, a couple days after her album was out, she hung out with James Corden for his carpool karaoke and showed everyone that she was still the fun, confident, and quirky girl that we all know and love. Later that week, she performed on Saturday Night Live and stunned everyone with her vocals. To top it all off, this week, it was confirmed that Gaga was added to the list of acts set to perform for the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will film in Paris and be aired on December 5th on the CBS Television Network.

Think life couldn’t get any better for Lady Gaga? Well, think again. Joanne debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart after moving 201,000 equivalent units. Not only does this make Joanne the fourth largest début of 2016, but it also makes it Gaga a record holder. Joanne is the Gaga’s fourth number one album Billboard 200 albums chart in the 2010s, a feat that hasn’t even been achieved by Beyonce or Taylor Swift who both have three. Thus, Gaga became the first, and as of now the only, woman to have four number one albums on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the 2010s.

 

While there’s no doubt that Joanne is a success, once you listen to the album, it is clear why.

 

Joanne holds a bit of something for everyone. Songs like “Perfect Illusion” and “Dancin’ in Circles” are more catchy, electro-pop dance songs similar to the style of music of a lot of Gaga’s older songs. Yet “John Wayne” and “Million Reasons” appeal to the country music lover. “Joanne”, the title track of the album, and “Angel Down” both seem to be about loss and come off as haunting, but in different ways. “Joanne” feels very raw with Gaga’s stripped down vocals accompanied by only an acoustic guitar, while “Angel Down” tells a story of murder and hopelessness, which doesn’t come as a surprise as it’s been revealed that the song was inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin.  Indie music lovers – make sure that you listen to “Hey Girl”, which features Florence Welch, a funkier tune, and lyrics about friendship. Finally, it wouldn’t be a Lady Gaga album without references to the bible (“Judas”, anyone?), and “Come to Mama” does just that.

 

As for my favorites, I can’t help but sing-a-long when I hear “A-YO”. The song is unbelievably catch, yet its’ edgy lyrics make it a bit more unique than your average pop song. I also can’t help but love “Million Reasons” and its’ incredible honesty. I think almost everyone can relate to wanting something that we know is bad for us, but still looking for that one excuse to allows us to follow our hearts desire. Gaga’s apparent vulnerability as she sings the song only makes it that much more powerful. And with that, I can confidently say that Joanne was Lady Gaga’s latest gift to the world of music.

 

-Roxy R.

Feature Image by  Leslie Crow

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