Born This Way Lady Gaga (CD)
YP cadet Christopher Wang
Debuting atop the Billboard 200, Lady Gaga's second studio album Born This Way is a masterpiece in electropop. Now a household name, Gaga goes back to her roots, creating the sledgehammer pop that led to her fame. Typically, the album is laced with religious and cultural themes, and a little controversy.
Gaga fans can't help but feel a sense of misgiving in the opening track, Marry the Night, which begins with self-indulgent church organs and a sense of the grandiose. All ill-will quickly fades by the chorus, as an irresistibly glittery beat and tight synths begin to permeate through the track. The end result is brilliant, and classic Gaga: edgy urban pop that is distinctively danceable. No one else can carry a hook quite like Gaga.
First single Born This Way is the fastest-selling song in iTunes history, and for good reason. Although fans will notice that the sound is still familiar, Gaga continues to push the boundaries of pop.
Born This Way shows off Gaga's impressive vocal capabilities. From a capella to solid chants, there is a powerful underlying theme of identity.
Gaga's Little Monsters will be delighted with Born This Way and even her critics will have to admit that the tracks are dangerously addictive.