Fans all over the world are patiently awaiting November 11, for the release of Stefani Germanotta’s fourth studio album ARTPOP. The pop icon has 40 million Little Monsters on Twitter who are eagerly waiting the arrival of the album. Lady Gaga consistently teases her fans with lyrical tweets and continues to release little hints about the album; only increasing the anxiousness of her fans. ARTPOP was released in Japan earlier this week and though it was due to come on Monday, the album leaked in North America on November 2. Some devoted fans continue to stay faithful and wait for the album to hit stores, while others, including myself, gave into the pressure.
ARTPOP has a wide variety of sounds throughout, and features artists like T.I., Twista, and R.Kelly. The album is a very promising dance record and the vocal arrangements are simply amazing; however, parental advisory is recommended for this album due to the large amount of sexual references. The album itself deals with suggestive themes in a few songs so I would not encourage this album to be played at a children’s birthday party.
The album’s first single, ‘Applause’ made its debut in early August after snippets of the song leaked online, prompting its week-early release – which was a very smart choice on Lady Gaga’s behalf. ‘Applause’ is about the love and dedication she has for her loyal fans. The electropop song reminded me of the pop icon’s first studio album, The Fame where we first heard ‘Just Dance’, ‘Paparazzi’, and ‘Pokerface’.
What is admirable about the album is the new territories that Lady Gaga found herself experimenting with. For instance, ‘Jewels N’ Drugs’ has a gangster rap feel to it – a sound that we never would have expected to hear from Mother Monster. Lady Gaga does not rap herself on the song; but she does feature huge rap artists that brought the true rap feel – including Twista who continues to rap faster than the speed of sound.
Similarly, ‘Dope’ was another song that was released this week; Lady Gaga preformed this song at the YouTube Music Awards. The performance of ‘Dope’ – which you can see here – was extremely passion-filled and it is very easy to see Lady Gaga’s emotions though she tried her best to hold it together. This song is the first ballad that we have heard from Lady Gaga since the track, ‘Speechless’, on her second album, The Fame Monster. In the song, the artist expresses that “she needs [someone] more than dope” and that her life would end without that person – a feeling that I am sure we can all relate to.
Another song on the record that is very interesting is ‘Do What U Want’, where Lady GaGa pairs up with R&B artist R. Kelly. The pairing is something that I would never have imagined to take place. Nonetheless, this duet is very well done. R. Kelly adds an R&B flare to the pop album, which is refreshing.
I also found myself extremely addicted to ‘Gypsy’. The song starts out very calming, with just Lady Gaga and her piano. As the song progresses, it only gets better. Gaga sings about how “she doesn’t want to be alone forever” and that she “loves gypsy life”. The song is extremely relatable on a variety of levels; we have all have had a fear of being alone and wanting to “pack [our] luggage and say good bye to our family and friends”.
I won’t not give away anymore of the mystery that lies within the 15-track album. Be sure to pick up a copy if you are a Lady Gaga fan – and if you downloaded the leak like I did, still buy one and give it to someone else.
Be sure to follow Lady Gaga on Twitter to keep up-to-date with her crazy life – recently she announced that she plans to be the first artist to perform in outer space, a performance set for 2015! Do you think she can do it? Only one way to find out!