ARTPOP - Lady Gaga
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  • Summary: The third studio release for the dance pop artist features guest appearances from R. Kelly, T.I., Too Short and Twista as well as production from David Guetta, Infected Mushroom, Madeon, Rick Rubin, DJ White Shadow, will.i.am, Zedd, and Zisis.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    84
    Coherently channeling R&B, techno, disco and rock music as a pop artist while discussing sex, drugs, lust, God, fame and creativity, Lady Gaga has offered fans her most sonically and lyrically diverse album to date.
  2. 80
    She doesn’t do anything wildly original with them [musical genres], but she has fun.
  3. Nov 11, 2013
    70
    The concept is artful and logical, yet ARTPOP never insinuates or settles in the subconscious; it always assaults, determined to make an impression even when all it has to say is that it doesn't have much to say.
  4. Nov 10, 2013
    60
    It's no instant classic, then, but neither is it the calamity that some have foreseen, being a typically mixed Gaga outing with some ludicrous highs, questionable digressions (Jewels 'N' Drugs, in which three rappers add little to the mix; or Donatella, a charmless ode to the equally charmless Versace supremo) and plenty of not-unpleasant filler.
  5. Nov 11, 2013
    60
    ARTPOP wants to hide that it doesn’t have much to say.
  6. Nov 22, 2013
    50
    This is two albums in a row now that were basically a bit boring, and she needs to sort it out soonish please.
  7. Nov 7, 2013
    40
    Throughout ARTPOP signifier upon signifier is piled on top of sometimes brilliant melodies, creating enough room for breathless readings of Gaga’s ‘art’ certainly, but failing on the more basic level as engaging pop music.

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  1. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    ARTPOP is the best album ever!! i am a gaga's huge fan but i didn't expect this perfection!! all the songs are just perfect!!ARTPOP is the best album ever!! i am a gaga's huge fan but i didn't expect this perfection!! all the songs are just perfect!! venus,g.u.y,sexxx dreams,manicure,gypsy,dope,applause,do what u want are my favorite!! her voice is just incredible!! the lyrics so mature!! the QUEEN is back!! and i agree with some people who think that gaga is a flop..she is F..... Legend Of Pop... artpop is just a masterpiece!!! Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    The album was spectacular. Simply amazing from the first to last track, is not it? How to finish an album so good to hear, without evenThe album was spectacular. Simply amazing from the first to last track, is not it? How to finish an album so good to hear, without even thanking with "applause"?! Lady Gaga thorough and detailed as usual, put his personality and perfection in ARTPOP and that we can feel when listening to it. Speaking of listening, I'm listening to the album since launch and just stopped listening to him to watch ArtRave, another spectacle afforded by it, the amazing singer Lady Gaga. Expand
  3. Nov 11, 2013
    10
    This record is amazing. I can't stand the mixed or negative reviews this album gets when compared to the artistical "crap" that was releasedThis record is amazing. I can't stand the mixed or negative reviews this album gets when compared to the artistical "crap" that was released by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus or anybody else. The entire album is written, (co-)produced and "done" by the artist not by a dozen of different songwriters or producers per track.

    ARTPOP is a truely epic pop release this year, far beyond every other release by a "high class artist".
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  4. Nov 11, 2013
    9
    ARTPOP probably fell short of most of our expectations. We could sit around and talk forever about what ARTPOP isn’t. But what it IS, is aARTPOP probably fell short of most of our expectations. We could sit around and talk forever about what ARTPOP isn’t. But what it IS, is a decent record. Feeling less of a mixed bag than Born This Way, the sounds and quality of these songs read more cohesively than on it’s predecessor. ARTPOP is essentially one giant electronic dance pop album. And for every experimental verse is a HUGE pop chorus. (As exhibited by “Aura” and “Venus”). There’s variety to Gaga’s vocal delivery, while often displaying a throatier bellow (As exhibited by “MANiCURE”, “Do What U Want”, and “DOPE”).
    As with Born This Way, the promotional campaign for ARTPOP has been primarily hype. Gaga debuted half the album two months prior at the 2013 iTunes Festival. I found that I preferred the lower vocal delivery and more industrial rockier feel of the songs from the performance (except “Jewels & Drugs”), but I believe this says more about Gaga as a performer, than it says about the Album lacking. But unlike Born This Way, the overarching Theme is not communicated well, if at all. A “reverse Warholian expedition” this is not. Save for “Venus” which is semi-inspired by the famous Boticelli painting, we have mere mentions of this idea in “ARTPOP” and “Applause” in which she explains that “ARTPOP could be anything”, “We could belong together”, and “One second I’m a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me”.
    As far as the songs go, they’re crafted well and sound fantastic. Even trap-y “Jewels & Drugs” sounds okay, despite the mess it was during iTunes Fest. “Aura” with its cinematic intro and glitchy verses, certainly Gaga at her most experimental, is still grounded in a glorious pop chorus. The galactic “Venus” demonstrates harmonized chanting vocals reminiscent of QUEEN or Bowie, and brings it to a chorus possibly as big as “Bad Romance”. “G.U.Y” and “Sexxx Dreams” both dark and dirty dance songs demonstrate an airier vocal, with the later sounding like Janet Jackson followed by a Disco bridge. 80’S rock romp “MANiCURE” channels Pat Benatar, complete with a chanting chorus and eerie sci-fi synth. “Do What U Want”, with throatier Christina Aguilerian vocals, pulsates and throbs while dismissing critics (and enticing lovers). Gaga softly coos over underwater bleeps and pulses, while percolating beats build with angelic wailing on “ARTPOP”. Hiccups, squeaks, and grunts jitter over bubbly synths culminating in a huge drop, bringing out the rave in “Swine”. “Donatella” exhibits the snarky, ironic, satirical lyrics of The Fame (while also weirdly paying homage to friend and designer Versace?). Glittery piano introduces “Fashion!”, a strutting disco number that harkens Bowie (while sharing the title of practically 5 previously released songs). The throbbing “Mary Jane Holland” displays some more ironic lyrics while theatrically confessing love for weed. The confessional “Dope”, and sprawling “Gypsy” take up the piano ballad spots of the album, while utilizing synths to help integrate the songs with the album, unlike on previous Gaga records. And ending on the finale of “Applause”.
    As much as ARTPOP may not be doing what it needed to conceptually, sonically it provides much to be satisfied with.
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  5. Nov 11, 2013
    8
    Whats often unacknowledged regarding the majority of negative Gaga articles is the way that people throw objectivity out the window and justWhats often unacknowledged regarding the majority of negative Gaga articles is the way that people throw objectivity out the window and just project. Theres rarely loose ties, rarely rationale, just biased malarkey equivalent to some old queen annoyed by the fact that the younger generation has taken a liking to something they feel they've already seen or some jaded artist that scoffs at the fact that this blatantly commercial entity in popular culture dares to consider herself an artist if even remotely.

    Lady Gaga is a contemporary commercial pop star that very much acknowledges and thinks of herself as a commercial pop star as well as an artist. Her intent on fusing art into her career isn't through the music so much as it is her general image which if you actually have paid proper attention to her and her goal within her career has always been her intention.

    I see way too many critiques centering their entire articles trying to take her down a peg by harping on the fact that shes not experimental enough in sound for her to be allowed to consider herself an artist and nearly completely brush aside the fact that this album succeeds in its attempt to be a solid commercial pop record with great hooks and interesting references/samples that once again prove her to be a step above most of her contemporaries (Perry, Minaj, Rihanna). This album is imperfect (has everyone become so hellbent on "putting her in her place" that we ignore the fact that perfection is a rarity anyway?), but its the furthest thing from a travesty. Its one of the best commercial pop records released this year.
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  6. Nov 11, 2013
    3
    Generally I am happy with the album, with a few caveats. The music is thumping, but some of the lyrics are lackluster and could use tweakingGenerally I am happy with the album, with a few caveats. The music is thumping, but some of the lyrics are lackluster and could use tweaking (maybe working with a lyracist might help?) I would have been happy if "Jewels & Druge" & "Dope" were left off of the album entirely. "Fashion" & "Donatella" have fun moments, but feel like filler. Further, I honeslty prefer the Swinefest vocal on some tracks to those that were laid down for the album ex. "Artpop", "Sex Dreams".

    Still waiting on a true acoustic album from Gaga that's were here voice & talent shine through.
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  7. Dec 3, 2013
    0
    ARTPOP brings in the boring again for Lady Gaga. While tracks like GUY and Gypsy are stand outs, the rest of the album just lulls a girl toARTPOP brings in the boring again for Lady Gaga. While tracks like GUY and Gypsy are stand outs, the rest of the album just lulls a girl to sleep...bring back 'The Fame', Gaga! Expand

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