Sunday, April 17, 2011

My thoughts on Gaga's Judas

The second single from Mother Monster's highly anticipated new album leaked yesterday and it's already sitting at number one on US iTunes with predicted sales of upwards of 400,000 copies. That should be enough to snag the world's most ragged looking 25 year old another chart-topper and elevate her a further rung above Katy Perry and Rihanna on the pop ladder but is it any good? Here are some random thoughts:

1. It's better than "Born This Way", which isn't really that much of an achievement.

2. "Judas" has been widely likened to "Bad Romance" but I don't agree. That song has an underbelly of hate, hurt and love that is completely missing from Gaga's latest single. There is nothing raw or personal about this. "Bad Romance" will be remembered as one of the best pop songs of the noughties because it rings true. Behind the slick production and catchy vocal hooks is a very simple break-up anthem that will stand the test of time. "Judas", on the other hand, is emptier than Toni Braxton's bank account.

3. I like that it sounds like Bananarama in the chorus.

4. Lady Gaga needs to stop working with RedOne. Sure, he knows how to keep things fresh for musical geniuses like Kat DeLuna but his relationship with Stefania is getting boring. I hate "Born This Way" but it represents - for better or worse - some kind of development, while "Judas" could have been a "Fame Monster" B-side.

5. Time to leave the religious imagery alone. It's so incredibly dull. She's done it before - as has every diva with a rebellious streak since 1980. Just move on, ho.

6. Despite all my bitching, I don't mind it and am able to listen the whole way through without cringing or wanting to call Madonna's lawyers. It's just that, as a former Monster, I expect so much more. Lady Gaga is too talented to be writing throwaway pop songs that Aubrey O'Day would reject.

7. I don't know how I feel about Gaga's third album now. The first two were so brilliant, part of me thinks she can't get it so drastically wrong this time around. But why release these stinkers as singles if there is better material in the can? At least
the cover is BRILLIANT.

How do you feel about "Judas"?

13 comments:

tommie said...

Well, at least her cover art represents her music these days aka SHIT.

rcLoy said...

My thoughts exactly on the religious side of her. Need the party GaGa back!

baidarthebest said...

I've been waiting anxiously for your review, I knew it would crack me up :D
I agree with all what u said except for that I do cringe when lsning to Judas and the cover.I think it's the ugliest cover I've seen and could ever see.
I was left with the same conclusion as urs which basically raises concern over the material of the album.I feel very angry because I had such high hopes for it and since she hyped it to the gods and then we get 'Born This way' and 'Judas' which are not impressive at all.I think she's hit a plateau.

John said...

It's like the third day after Christmas, and your mom is still making leftovers out of the ham. Even if the meal is good, you're still going to rebel.

Flinkman said...

Former Monster just about sums me up at this point too. Don't get me wrong, I will still download the album and I'm certain there will be tracks on it that I adore...but the bubble has burst. You're being very generous in your review of 'Judas,' it's an absolute turd IMO, the first real misfire of her career thus far. I don't think anyone is lyrically comparing 'Judas' to 'Bad Romance' but c'mon, that intro is exactly the same and you can sing BR over the backing track perfectly! Agree about the album cover though, my first instinct was HATE but it's so wacky and LOL that I'm now embracing it...it's actually FUN which is unusual for her these days, I'm just waiting for her to ruin it by trying to give it some ~deep meaning~

Me said...

Poor CRAPalotta! The pancake busted bint has managed to vomit out another utter shitefest that highlights her utter lack of talent and need for overhype and "wacky" outfits to distract from the fact the music is essentially the sound of StefFANNY shitting over her retarded MONGsters

Mike said...

LOL maybe I am being too kind. I think I'm just relieved I can get through "Judas" without wanting to turn straight and write Madonna a letter of apology.

And deep down, I do want to like Gaga. I love her pretentiousness and grandiose approach to pop. It just doesn't work when the music is shit and you come across as a massive tit.

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LordJ said...

Amen this whole era is just not doing it for me. I thought Judas could bring me back in, but it's painfully average while Born this Way was painfully bad. Sigh...

Anonymous said...

gaga > beyonce

Mike said...

FUCK OFF!

Tiago Nunes said...

Sorry guys, I am in love with Judas.

Anonymous said...

total crap, she's trying to recycle her first 2 albums now, I wonder who's gonna remember her in 2 years?