Lady Gaga’s previous albums The Fame and Fame Monster spawned a series of massive dancefloor hits including ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Telephone’. Both albums set her up as a music and cultural magpie, stealing from icons such as Madonna, Michael Jackson and David Bowie. Born This Way is hatched from that same clutch of icons but takes the shock tactics Lady Gaga uses on the red carpet and channels them into songs.
No topic is off limits with sex and religion featuring heavily in tracks such as ‘Bloody Mary’ and ‘Judas’ – only Lady Gaga could turn the betrayal of Christ into a pop song with a chorus that goes, “I’m just a holy fool / baby it’s so cruel / but I’m still in love with Judas baby.” And just like her fashion sense, it’s difficult to gauge if there’s real genius behind her song choices, or whether it’s just done to cause controversy. Continue reading