Review by Natalie Kucko
In 2008, she was introduced to the music scene with “Just Dance.” She has since captivated the pop genre with smash hits like “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance” and now her deluxe album, Joanne.
Stefani Germanotta, a singer-songwriter from the Upper West Side of New York City, morphed into the superstar now known as Lady Gaga. In her new album, she returns back to her roots that can be pictured as the busy streets of Manhattan.
Lady Gaga released “Perfect Illusion” in September, which was the first single off of Joanne. The song’s fast-paced beat offers nostalgia back to Gaga’s earlier music. Rumors surfaced about the dance track, claiming that it was written about her ex-fiancé.
Joanne begins with a fun song, “Diamond Heart.” The track begins by highlighting Gaga’s raw vocals, then the tempo quickly picks up and the song comes to life. Later in the album, Gaga slows things down with the song her album is named after, “Joanne.” In this track, she bares all and reveals true emotion that most likely refers to her younger self. “Sinner’s Prayer” is another intimate, soulful song on the album that talks about a love affair.
Lady Gaga features Florench Welch, of Florence and the Machine, on “Hey Girl.” This song gives off a slight 80s vibe with its rhythm. Gaga wraps up the album with “Angel Down – Work Tape,” a broken down version of another track called “Angel Down.” This was a genius move on the artist’s behalf. The song allows Gaga’s true talent to shine within a stripped down, acoustic feel.
Although Joanne does not necessarily bring back Gaga’s old dance tunes, it can definitely brighten up the mood. Lady Gaga provides the listener with songs for love, pain, heartbreak or just a casual drive.