Lady Gaga’s “Artpop” isn’t so artful


This is the album cover for Lady Gaga’s “Artpop” album. The picture is from The Guardian.

Although I’m not a “little monster,” as Lady Gaga likes to call her biggest fans, I don’t mind listening to her music. The beat of her songs and her lyrics make me want to get up and dance.

However, Gaga’s new album “Artpop” falls short of everything I expected it to be. I was hoping for something similar to her older songs, such as “Alejandro” or “Edge of Glory,” but Gaga pushed the envelope with a new style of music.

Granted, I applaud her for trying something new; she just doesn’t execute it well.

Some of the songs on “Artpop” literally hurt my ears.

The first song on the album, “Aura,” is very robotic sounding and the lyrics are just plain weird. Gaga sings, “I killed my former and left her in the trunk on Highway 10.” These lyrics just put a bad taste in my mouth. In addition, she sings “Ha Ha Ha” in a robotic sounding voice in the beginning that further adds to the creepiness of this song.

Another song on her album, “Jewels N’ Drugs” featuring T.I., Too $hort, and Twista, was just plain awful. Gaga tries to rap, which she fails miserably at, and I could not understand a word in this song.

Gaga’s song “Fashion!” was nice. As I listened to it, I read through some of the comments and someone said that it sounded like Madonna’s song “Holiday.” I listed to “Holiday,” and the similarities between the two were too obvious to ignore. Although the lyrics were different, the beat and timing of the words was practically the same; Gaga shouts “Fashion” in her song just like Madonna shouts “Holiday” in hers.

But that is not the only Madonna-sounding song on Gaga’s album. Listening to “Venus,” I kept thinking to myself that this sounded just like Madonna; I couldn’t pinpoint which Madonna song this sounded like, but Gaga sounded very Madonna-esque with her vocal tones.

While I do love some of the songs on the album, such as “Do What You Want” and “Donatella,” Gaga tries to sing a different style of songs and she fails. From sounding like Madonna to just sounding disturbing, this album is not one of her best. I rate this album a  5/10.