After months of anticipation, Lady Gaga released her third studio album ARTPOP last week.
According to sales predictions, the LP will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with sales between 240,000 and 260,000 copies — a stark difference from the 1.1 million copies her sophomore Born This Way sold
Due to a busy schedule, it took me a while to sit and listen to ARTPOP from start to finish, but when I finally got the chance, I was not disappointed. Although I don’t think that the album is her best effort to date, this project is a brave expression of art that only Lady Gaga can pull off.
Gaga’s ARTPOP is very cohesive and presents itself like a larger-than-life Broadway production, from the Zedd-produced opening number “Aura” to the curtain call with “Applause.” Transitions between songs, such as “Donatella” to “Fashion!” are seamless, helping maintain the energy of the album.
The tracks are well-produced with a somewhat futuristic sound, particularly on cuts “Manicure” and “Venus.” Finally, I love that Gaga shows off her voice a bit on “Do What U Want,” featuring R. Kelly, and “Gypsy.”
The primary drawback to ARTPOP is that it is not radio-friendly. While I appreciate Gaga for taking creative risks and experimenting with her sound, some songs are just too busy/over-produced, like “Donatella” and “Swine,” while others are just forgettable, like the album’s title track.
And then her collaboration with T.I., Twista, and Too $hort, “Jewels N’ Drugs,” was a little underwhelming, but I still like it.
Top 5 Songs
I don’t think that ARTPOP is for everyone, but I’m happy that I bought it. Here are my top five songs from the album:
- “Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly)”
RATING: 3 out of 5 stars
What are your favorite songs from ARTPOP?