The mega diva that has half the people in the world scratching her heads has propelled to new heights of pop artistry with the debut of the incredibly bizarre and twisted video for "Bad Romance" off of the upcoming The Fame Monster, which has been confirmed to be released as a follow-up 8 song EP that can be purchased alone or in a deluxe package, including the original release of her stellar debut, The Fame.
Monster promises to delve into darker and more interesting subjects than The Fame, considering that the tree tracks that have debuted certainly have deeper meanings. Gaga has claimed that each of the songs represent one of her fears, or demons (or Monsters) she's faced. Experiencing her performance in the video and listening to her new recordings has solidified the respect I have for the performance art of Lady Gaga.
Check out the video for "Bad Romance" below:
How about some fresh tracks off of the album?
Alejandro - Lady Gaga
- Gaga's new songs are simultaneously romantic and twisted: RedOne's production is in rare form in this track, which brings flashbacks of the 90s. Particularly "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base and, musically, "La Isla Bonita" by Madonna. The song won't get out of my head. Thankfully, I love it.
This track seems to be about the fear of commitment and love on the behalf of Gaga. She pushes away her boyfriend, Alejandro and her other suitors (hilariously called Roberto and Fernando) because of her youth and daddy issues.
Dance In The Dark - Lady Gaga
-Further into 90s industrial electronica fare, this track is most certainly a call back to 90s dance club trance with a good dash of pop (particularly the swelling synths in the chorus portion, not to mention the incredibly catchy melody.) I keep feeling like this will be incredibly, incredibly dated in the future, but since it's done by such a pop culture aware artist I don't really mind.
What's really remarkable about this song is its theme of image issues that plague women (and the men who help those issues blossom.) "Baby loves to dance in the dark, 'cause when he's looking she falls apart." It's good to see this dealt with in pop music, even if it is kinda ham-handed. She even includes names of famous women with tragic early deaths like Marylin Monroe, Judy Garland, and Sylvia Plath in a spoken, Madonna-esque breakdown.
There is, however, a flaw in the song. Women's image issues are not solely caused by men. Other women have as much a fault as the boyfriend who tells his girlfriend she looks like a tramp. Men may help this problem grow, or even plant the seeds, but other women can be just as cruel. It may be that Gaga wishes that women would band together and try to destroy the problem, as she suggests by her ode to the famous women lost.
Either way, it is a great track that reminds me why I enjoy Gaga's pop so very much.
The Fame Monster is due for release on Nov. 23. What do you think of Lady Gaga and her new efforts? Leave a comment below with your response!
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