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  • Summary: The reigning pop queen releases her second full-length studio album.
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Born This Way
It doesn't matter if you love him or capital H-I-M Just put your paws up 'Cause you were born this way, baby My mama told me when I was young We are... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. This isn't up to The Fame or The Fame Monster. But both of those keep growing, and with its mad momentum and nutty thematics, this one could too--despite being laid down on tour trailed by 28 semis.
  2. Jun 24, 2011
    85
    Yet, for all of GaGa's flamboyance, there was a humanity in her most memorable work that inspired a devotion in her legions of fans that went far beyond vigorous dance floor workouts. On Born This Way the quirky vulnerability is often lost behind the massive productions.
  3. May 24, 2011
    80
    Gaga goes over the top and keeps on going: exhilarating, exhausting blockbuster entertainment.
  4. May 23, 2011
    70
    The record is blitzing, happily ludicrous, and plenty of fun for a while, but at the core there's Gaga, singing beautifully but clouded by all the readymade pop around her.
  5. Q Magazine
    Aug 8, 2011
    60
    Born This Way feels like the first proper Lady Gaga album. [Aug. 2011, p. 114]
  6. 60
    By the end of it, there's little doubting Gaga's sincerity. For all of her schlock and posturing, it's hard to remember the last time a pop star was this sincere.
  7. May 24, 2011
    0
    Beyond all else, perhaps, think of this zero as the massive bedazzled orifice out of which our heroine has spawned a new era of popular culture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 429
  1. May 23, 2011
    10
    An amazing album! Yes, perhaps not the album of the decade, but comes close to pop album of the decade atleast! the songs are so differentAn amazing album! Yes, perhaps not the album of the decade, but comes close to pop album of the decade atleast! the songs are so different from the other mediocre stuff that is put out. I love it! Expand
  2. Jun 29, 2011
    10
    This is an amazing album! I think this album should win album of the year at the grammy's because it sold a million in a week ! Adele is herThis is an amazing album! I think this album should win album of the year at the grammy's because it sold a million in a week ! Adele is her biggest competitor! Expand
  3. Jan 24, 2013
    10
    This is an amazing album. yeah the sound is different for Lady Gaga but the songs are really really great. it does not sound like the otherThis is an amazing album. yeah the sound is different for Lady Gaga but the songs are really really great. it does not sound like the other generic **** out there at the moment. this album may not be to ever bodies liking, especially if you LOVED her other albums, but trust me, its great just give it some time. Stand out tracks: Marry the Night, Born this Way, Scheibe, Judas, Hair, the end of Glory, You and I, Government Hooker, Highway Unicorn, Bad Kids! such a good over all album and the concert is absolulty AMAZINGGGG! Expand
  4. Dec 4, 2011
    10
    The album features influences Heavy Metal, Disco, Glam Rock. The vocals are perfect, the lyrics are a challenge, the melody is incredible.The album features influences Heavy Metal, Disco, Glam Rock. The vocals are perfect, the lyrics are a challenge, the melody is incredible. Gaga has brought us something really good and different. Expand
  5. Dec 7, 2016
    9
    It is and will remain one of the best and most important pop records of the decade. Apart from the odd head scratcher ('Highway Unicorn', 'TheIt is and will remain one of the best and most important pop records of the decade. Apart from the odd head scratcher ('Highway Unicorn', 'The Queen', and the title track), every track is incredible in it's own way. This is pop's answer to hard-rock - taking pop and pushing it to it's ultimate limits. It didn't only confirm Lady Gaga's talent, it enhanced it. Expand
  6. Feb 5, 2012
    8
    Lady Gaga really did an amazing job promoting this album. The amount of hype created made this one of the highest-selling albums in 2011.Lady Gaga really did an amazing job promoting this album. The amount of hype created made this one of the highest-selling albums in 2011. However, and I don't really like saying this since I'm a fan of hers, this album wasn't as great as The Fame or The Fame Monster -which I actually consider her best work to date-. Anyway, it was a good album, with great production -Gaga, Garibay, RedOne and Blair are really amazing musicians and their creativity has no limits. Most of the songs were very well done with very deep lyrical content which maybe only her fans get to know (e.g. Judas) and amazing beats.
    Interscope made a risky move with this album by not concentrating on the singles sales (not a lot of single material) but on the album sales, but thanks to all the promotion this album had, they could achieve this.
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  7. May 23, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the worst things I've heard in my entire life. All the tracks sound the same, the production is a mess and Lady Gaga's vocals are not on point here. Expand

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