Lady Gaga, Sophomore Slump?

  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 12, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    Lady Gaga's latest singles are, in my opinion, lackluster.

    Here is a quick review of her upcoming releases:

    Born This Way (3/5) An empowering pop song in it's own right, however it sounds a bit too reminiscent of another controversial pop star.

    Judas (2.5/5) Was this a b-side to the Fame Monster? The introductory "juddah, gaga" lyrics might persuade some fans to listen to her older hits (ehem, "Bad Romance").

    Edge of Glory (3/5) Dance anthem queens of the 90's rejoice! Numerous club remixes are likely to follow this one.

    *This was my grading scale: 0/5=pure shit, 3/5=typical pop music, 5/5=phenomenal, groundbreaking and original
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    And then there's this...

    bed7f4762ca25751_lady-gaga-Born-this-way

    A unique and discerning album cover is vital because it gives the listener a first impression of what the CD is about.

    Is Gaga trying to tell us her album was put together quickly and cheaply?

    Mediocrity and Lady Gaga shouldn't belong in the same sentence but this album seems to be heading in that direction. Then again, once your first record dominated the Top 40 and shattered numerous records its hard to go anywhere but down.


    I'm sure others will vehemently disagree with what I have written, but I hope this review will reflect at least a minority of others. Feel free to disagree, I would be interested in reading other's opinions : )
  • creature

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    May 12, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    It cannot be called a sophomore slump if it's her third album.
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    May 12, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    judas isnt that bad, IMO...the other two...well not so much, the cover does look like something out of cartoon show(guess which one)...anyways, i wait til the album comes out or leaks...there are probably 10 more songs...
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    May 12, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    creature said
    It cannot be called a sophomore slump if it's her third album.


    Her album The Fame Monster was a re-release of The Fame.
    This is her actual second CD, although I can see your point.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 12, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    I don't think in any way it can be considered a slump, regardless, it's really still too early to tell. Look how much airplay and buzz she has gotten before the CD is even released. I'm sure there will be some great songs on the CD that we have yet to hear. My money says Gaga will deliver the goods.
  • in_this_corne...

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    May 12, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    I don't know why people are so critical of her newer singles- though I've only heard the first two.

    First she's criticized for sounding too much like Madonna with Born This Way. Then she's criticized for sounding too much like herself in Judas.

    I don't know if people expected "The Fame Monster Monster" or what, but so far I like what I've heard. At first listen, I wasn't impressed with either single, but both have grown on my immensely, especially Judas.

    "The Fame Monster" is a tough record to follow and surpass which I think skews peoples' ability to embrace her new stuff. I mean, how does she top Telephone? I love that song.

    I can't believe I just replied to a LG thread. But I think she's getting unfairly criticized. Then again, that's what happens to people on the top.
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    May 12, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    i dont know what u talking about, i got judas stuck in my head
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    May 12, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    creature saidIt cannot be called a sophomore slump if it's her third album.
    The Fame Monster was not her second album
  • Teqkilla42

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    May 14, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    To be fair, The Fame Monster did get an album of the year nod by the Grammys.

    I don't think she's slumping at all. She's definitely changed, and radically at that. Her collaboraters have changed from Flo-Rida and Beyonce to Clarence Clemons and Brian May. I'm VERY excited for the full album. Born This Way is great, Judas is amazing, and Edge Of Glory is possibly her best song to date.
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    May 14, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    Originally intended to be a re-release of The Fame with eight additional tracks, Gaga and her record label announced that The Fame Monster would be a standalone album containing the eight new songs. The deluxe edition of the album contains The Fame in its entirety along with The Fame Monster. The album deals with the darker side of fame, as experienced by Gaga over the course of 2008–09 while traveling around the world, and are expressed through a monster metaphor. Gaga compared the feel of her debut album and The Fame Monster with the Yin and yang concept. Cover artwork was done by Hedi Slimane and has a gothic look which Gaga had to convince her record company to allow her to shoot. The composition takes its inspiration from Gothic music and fashion shows. Contemporary critics gave a positive review of the album, with the majority of them complimenting the songs "Bad Romance", "Telephone", and "Dance in the Dark". In some countries the album charted together with The Fame while in others like the United States, Canada and Japan, it charted as a separate album. It has reached top ten in most of the major markets. She announced The Monster Ball Tour supporting the album, which started on November 27, 2009, and continued through until Spring 2011.


    It counts as a second album... so technically it's her "Junior" album. icon_razz.gif
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    May 14, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    It's gonna open with AT LEAST 500,000. It's hardly a slump. I'm not a fan of her, but she's the farthest thing from underperforming commercially this era.
  • Teqkilla42

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    May 14, 2011 7:41 PM GMT
    staple_ saidIt's gonna open with AT LEAST 500,000. It's hardly a slump. I'm not a fan of her, but she's the farthest thing from underperforming commercially this era.


    Exactly. Let's just put it this way: A single peaking at #10 is "under performing" for her right now.
  • Joeyphx444

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    May 14, 2011 7:48 PM GMT
    Lady GaGa??

    Ohh I'm too busy listening to Adele's new album

    NOW THIS IS MUSIC!!!!!
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 14, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    JayPride42 said
    staple_ saidIt's gonna open with AT LEAST 500,000. It's hardly a slump. I'm not a fan of her, but she's the farthest thing from underperforming commercially this era.


    Exactly. Let's just put it this way: A single peaking at #10 is "under performing" for her right now.


    Im not saying her album won't be a commercial success. In fact I think the album will quite successful financially, however, materialistically I see it as a slump.
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    May 14, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    It's not her sophomore album, The Fame Monster was (although much of it was just The Fame). She's got some good tracks but Born This Way was not a great one in my opinion.
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    May 14, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    It's easier to obtain a crown than keep it.
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    May 14, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidIt's easier to obtain a crown than keep it.


    Soooooooooooooooooooooooo not true.
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    May 14, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    Verules said
    Soooooooooooooooooooooooo not true.


    I think so. Coming out and building her image was the easy part. Keeping herself on top is going to be tough. Look at Judas. It seems like typical Gaga but she gets called out for that. Stick to what we know and we say she's just repeating her old songs. Try something new and we miss the old Gaga.
  • Teqkilla42

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    May 14, 2011 8:36 PM GMT
    InsatiableBloom said
    JayPride42 said
    staple_ saidIt's gonna open with AT LEAST 500,000. It's hardly a slump. I'm not a fan of her, but she's the farthest thing from underperforming commercially this era.


    Exactly. Let's just put it this way: A single peaking at #10 is "under performing" for her right now.


    Im not saying her album won't be a commercial success. In fact I think the album will quite successful financially, however, materialistically I see it as a slump.


    That doesn't make sense though. You can see it PERSONALLY as a slump, but from a popular and critical standpoint, most people think she's growing and improving.
  • Phosphor

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    May 14, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    InsatiableBloom said

    bed7f4762ca25751_lady-gaga-Born-this-way

    A unique and discerning album cover is vital because it gives the listener a first impression of what the CD is about.



    She's a gobot. It's awesome.
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 15, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    Well I guess it will please the Michael Bay's "Transformers"/Gobots crowds.
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    May 15, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    This is what happens when a new artist comes along and they become people's religions all of a sudden and ppl forget there was music before them.

    That said, I love Judas.

    P.S. Edge of Glory isn't the 3rd single from the album. It's only a promo single...
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    May 15, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    JayPride42 said
    InsatiableBloom said
    JayPride42 said
    staple_ saidIt's gonna open with AT LEAST 500,000. It's hardly a slump. I'm not a fan of her, but she's the farthest thing from underperforming commercially this era.


    Exactly. Let's just put it this way: A single peaking at #10 is "under performing" for her right now.


    Im not saying her album won't be a commercial success. In fact I think the album will quite successful financially, however, materialistically I see it as a slump.


    That doesn't make sense though. You can see it PERSONALLY as a slump, but from a popular and critical standpoint, most people think she's growing and improving.


    It does make sense, actually.

    Sales do not equal quality. It hasn't really been well received by critics, either, so...

    I also think the problem a lot of people are having is the fact that this album was blown WAYYYYY out of proportion with hype as Lady GaGa said it's the album of the decade. People are expecting masterpiece after masterpiece, but they are only hearing good pop songs.

    But I don't get it, really...Judas peaked at #10 on Hot 100 and it has already peaked on radio, but it is a great song, imo!
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    May 15, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
    I agree. I dont care what other bitches say.

    It's a total sophomore slump...

    What happened to her?


    p.s. IMO Judas MV was....just pure crap....
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 15, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    JayPride42 said
    InsatiableBloom said
    JayPride42 said
    staple_ saidIt's gonna open with AT LEAST 500,000. It's hardly a slump. I'm not a fan of her, but she's the farthest thing from underperforming commercially this era.


    Exactly. Let's just put it this way: A single peaking at #10 is "under performing" for her right now.


    Im not saying her album won't be a commercial success. In fact I think the album will quite successful financially, however, materialistically I see it as a slump.


    That doesn't make sense though. You can see it PERSONALLY as a slump, but from a popular and critical standpoint, most people think she's growing and improving.


    In short, the professional critical reviews and mainstream reviews are generally mixed.