Album review: Lady Gaga – Born This Way (Streamline/Interscope)

When Lady Gaga released her first single back in 2008, all she wanted to do was Just Dance. Three years later, after many highs and lows for this New York pop supernova, her message is the same and she remains unfazed. New album Born This Way firmly establishes that Lady Gaga is still the ringleader of the pop industry circus. Self-empowerment has always been the key with her music and this aptly titled album is an effective blend of feel-good lyrics and infectious rhythms. It’s a delicate recipe of fourteen original tracks laced with tried and true pop formulas from the past two decades, skilfully resurrected by a young woman who has clearly done her homework. The album deals with all the things you would expect from a Lady Gaga release: sex, drugs, rock n roll and Jesus Christ. Oh, and we can’t forget gay rights! Whether or not you agree with her is up to the individual listener, of course, but it’s clear her aim is to be inclusive as opposed to offensive. With three singles Born This Way, Judas and The Edge Of Glory already officially released and tearing up the charts, there is no doubt in my mind that, despite the leaking of the album one week prematurely online, it will achieve the success that has been prophesised. If you’re in the mood to move or need a pick-me-up in your week, Born This Way will surely do the trick. Well, it certainly worked for me!

Catherine Hamilton

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