Written by: Isaiah Smart
The Madonna of the new generation has resurfaced and brought her “Little Monsters” a gift in the form of “Artpop.”
After a brief absence, Lady Gaga returned with a new album that combines a wide array of sounds. The intro track, “Aura,” is a high-energy track that resembles typical pop mixed with techno features.
During track five, listeners reach the first feature of the album.
“Jewels n’ Drugs” offers the southern prowess of T.I., the west-coast vulgarity of Too Short and the Midwest’s tornado rapper, Twista. Obviously, with all the added performers, there’s a lot going on in the background as Gaga sings “Don’t want your jewels, I want your drugs. Don’t want your money, want your love.”
One of my favorite tracks is number seven. Gaga collaborates with the “King of R&B” for a smooth serenade for lovers. “Do What U Want” offers assistance from R. Kelly as the singers let one-night lovers have their way in a night of intimacy.
A lot of songs, like the second track, “Venus,” are easily forgettable while “G.U.Y.” sounds like something that would have been on Gaga’s previous album.
At first listen this album is a tad bit mediocre. I’m used to Gaga providing instant hits like “Sexxx Dreams” that are easy to gravitate toward.
Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of this album. I don’t get the same feeling I got from “The Fame” and “The Fame Monster.” I would give this album a generous three out of five stars. Until a better album from Gaga appears, I’ll just listen to something old.