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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the pop artist features a duet with Florence Welch.
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Million Reasons
You're giving me a million reasons to let you go You're giving me a million reasons to quit the show You're giving me a million reasons Give me a... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 83
    Joanne still represents a striking course correction for Lady Gaga. By abandoning the dance club for the dive bar, she may have tossed aside her status as a pop star once and for all. But Gaga has emerged as something better and truer.
  2. Oct 19, 2016
    80
    While its modernity is expressed by mixing and matching genres or adding digital zing to familiar tropes, for all its bravura exuberance and pop slickness it is old fashioned to its core.
  3. Oct 21, 2016
    75
    Joanne may not become the multiplatinum blockbuster Bella Donna was, but the record absolutely feels like Gaga is once again on an upward trajectory.
  4. Oct 21, 2016
    60
    It’s understandable that Joanne finds Gaga performing authenticity, if only because it’s the strongest way to convey artistic evolution to the masses in 2016. The image here--the illusion, really--is as imperfect as it is meticulously rendered.
  5. Q Magazine
    Nov 15, 2016
    60
    Flawed though it is, this brave and canny album hits the reset button and buys her a future. [Jan 2017, p.105]
  6. Oct 24, 2016
    60
    Joanne’s influences are writ so large it takes a while to settle. At its core, however, is a career-extending, creative curio that, even in its weaker moments (Come to Mama is wretched), is never dull.
  7. Oct 19, 2016
    40
    While Joanne is elemental, nothing about it is bare. Instead, it’s confused, full of songs that feel like concepts in search of a home, small theater pieces extruded from other imaginary productions and collected in one miscellany bin.

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  1. Oct 25, 2016
    10
    I really love the way she goes.. This album is perfect! Come to Mama,Dancin' in Circles, John Wayne,Diamond Heart album highlights.. AndI really love the way she goes.. This album is perfect! Come to Mama,Dancin' in Circles, John Wayne,Diamond Heart album highlights.. And Perfect Illusion and Million Reasons very good songs. Expand
  2. Oct 23, 2016
    10
    "Wow......ok, so I did not expect that. I saw the reviews and thought this was gonna be pretty mediocre but there's something so fresh and"Wow......ok, so I did not expect that. I saw the reviews and thought this was gonna be pretty mediocre but there's something so fresh and different about this. Like, I'm sorry, but this woman could've hired loads of writers to make her loads of hit current singles and instead she does this? Balls. She has balls. I like balls. That's exactly why the album is a hit. Seriously, she could have enlisted Major Lazer and The Chainsmokers and made a fun but forgettable album that sounds like every other thing on top 40 right now. It would've meant an easy #1 album but Gaga doesn't follow trends, she makes them." -Reddit User on "Joanne". Truly an amazing album. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2016
    10
    This is a fantastic album. All the songs could make you sad, could make you happy, could make you dance...could make you feel. And this isThis is a fantastic album. All the songs could make you sad, could make you happy, could make you dance...could make you feel. And this is what good music is supposed to do! Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Uno de sus mejores trabajos hey gurl muy recomendable. Muy satisfecho su trabajo Expand
  5. Oct 21, 2016
    10
    HOW can you think this is a step down from ARTPOP? The production is so much cleaner, and we can actually see her voice shine in this record.HOW can you think this is a step down from ARTPOP? The production is so much cleaner, and we can actually see her voice shine in this record.

    I haven't been a huge fan of her previous work but I'm a big fan of Joanne, and her fans who are complaining about not getting the sound they wanted from this record should know that...

    Gaga shouldn't have to make the music YOU want but rather, she should be making the music SHE wants to make. She's never been making music like what's being played on radio- she's again bringing something different to pop music. Give this music a chance!

    That being said, I also think many of the songs on Joanne are more radio-friendly than the songs on ARTPOP.
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  6. Oct 21, 2016
    10
    Gaga rainha do pop, Joanne obra prima, tudo feito em estúdio, nada comprado, que pisão na NYT que disse que a produção é porca, porca é aquelaGaga rainha do pop, Joanne obra prima, tudo feito em estúdio, nada comprado, que pisão na NYT que disse que a produção é porca, porca é aquela review, PODE ENTRAR GRAMMY Expand
  7. Feb 22, 2019
    0
    Her worst album ever, it's terrible and so disappointing, we miss the old Lady Gaga, it's so sad.

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