Monday, August 12, 2013

Applause | Lady Gaga

Rating: ★★★★★

Over the course of twelve hours, Lady Gaga's plan to release her new single "Applause" on August 19, 2013 fell through. Hackers posted a large amount of low quality snippets of the song online, giving her no option but to rush release the song today, August 12.

"Applause" can easily be considered one of her best songs to date. Her vocals, for the most part, actually sound different. She uses a different tone when singing live when compared to singing in the studio, but this song carries her live tone, which I love.

The instrumental is quite nostalgic-feeling, giving me reminders of glitchy video game and computer noises from the 1990s. It's something different from what everybody else is doing, which I most definitely expected from Lady Gaga. Everything I wanted out of this song is here.

The chorus of the song is my absolute favorite. It's this great explosion of Super Nintendo noises and Lady Gaga screaming "Give me that thing that I love / I'll turn the lights down / Put your hands up, make 'em touch." The chorus is the real reason that the song is going to catch fire across every nightclub in the world.

The one and only problem I found with the song is vocalization of "I stand here waiting for you to bang the gong / To crash the critic saying, 'Is it right or is it wrong?'" I get that she wanted to put emphasis on it, but it sounds kind of sloppy. I guess after waiting two years for this, I can handle two lines of funky vocals and fall in love with the rest of the song.

Like I said before, Lady Gaga put everything into this song that I was expecting, and it's making me even more excited for the upcoming release of ARTPOP. I'm really expecting ARTPOP to be the best album in existence if the rest of it is going to sound this great. 

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