Lady Gaga is one of the great performers of the 21st century. Who else dares to wear a dress made of meat, develops prosthetic face horns or appears before a screaming Carlisle audience in a rubber catsuit that looks as if it were designed with men with a pregnancy fetish in mind? She has taken the nightclub staple of doing a “look” and thrown it out to the general public on a level nobody has achieved since David Bowie, all the while singing and dancing with rigid professionalism and discipline.
So why does her music have to be so bad?
Will Hodgkinson asks the obvious question in The Times.
"Born This Way is the album equivalent of a finely cooked meal with a load of tomato ketchup splurged all over it. It’s full of nice ideas, but they are inevitably subsumed under the all-powering but bland ingredient of Nineties Euro dance. Something original and interesting will start up but, before you know it, a familiar thud-thud beat bludgeons it into non-existence...
"The title track of Born This Way is the big anthem. With lines such as “don’t be a drag, just be a queen” it’s so squarely aimed at Lady Gaga’s gay audience that you suspect she would have roped in John Inman to trill “I’m free” somewhere around the second verse."
Couldn't agree more.
Fagburn's problem with the Gaga is that the music sounds like the sort of music I've been running away from in gay clubs for the last 100 years.
Oh, and I find her ever so slightly patronising.