I first saw Gaga three summer ago performing “Just Dance” on an episode of So You Think You Can Dance. I must admit, I thought she was a little crazy and “Just Dance” didn’t sell me at first listen. So, what sold me? The day I heard “Pokerface” for the first time. I loved everything about it. So, I went to Myspace (do people still do that?) and I heard “Lovegame.” I was hooked. Gaga for Gaga. “Pokerface” was even on the MUST PLAY list for our wedding.
The obsession culminated with VIP floor tickets to her Cleveland concert on my birthday last July. The concert was AMAZING! From the Semi Precious Weapons pre-show to the last encore, I was hooked. It was most definitely the best concert I had ever been to.
Then the waiting game started. I needed new music and I needed it yesterday. But it didn’t come. It wasn’t until November (?) that they even announced the name of the next single, “Born this Way.” I love Gaga’s support of the LGBT community so I was stoked and eagerly anticipated the release. Finally, in February, it came.
I was underwhelmed.
The song didn’t make me want to get up and dance. It didn’t make me want to go out and save the world from homophobic assholes. It just didn’t move me. I appreciated the message but it seemed to sacrifice the musical quality for it. But, I told myself “I’ll still buy the album, no matter what.” I didn’t like “Just Dance” right away. I was sure this was just a fluke.
Then “Judas” was released last week.
What happened to the club tracks that made you a star, Gaga? You changed the face of American radio! Is this a new sound? Is this the direction you are taking your career? Because, honestly, I think it’s just so-so.
Gaga is in town tomorrow and, to my surprise, I’m not all that sad to be missing it. The new album hits May 23rd. At this point, I’ll probably have to listen to a few more tracks before I put down the money. In a way, it kinda makes me sad to see how my feelings have changed in a year. Luckily, I’ve got lots of amazing new music to keep me entertained- Semi Precious Weapons, Mumford & Sons and Adele are rocking my world these days. I’m thinking Florence and the Machine may be next.
So, any thoughts? I truly adore Gaga and hope that her new album rocks my world, but, in the meantime, anyone wanna share the Florence and the Machine album???