Joanne

Joanne

Music CD - 2016
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Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Streamline Records ; Interscope Records, c2016
Branch Call Number: MCD ROCK
Characteristics: 1 audio disc : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
Contents: Diamond heart
A-yo
Joanne
John Wayne
Dancin' in circles
Perfect illusion
Million reasons
Sinner's prayer
Come to mama
Hey girl (feat. Florence Welch)
Angel down
Grigio girls
Just another day
Angel down (work tape)

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LPL_JoelB Jan 12, 2018

Joanne brings a pleasant shift in sound for Lady Gaga, orienting more towards a songwriter approach with acoustic guitars, more piano, and less four-on-the-floor dance anthems (though there is plenty to dance to on this album). I welcome this shift in sound. Gaga has always shined brightest when it's just her and a piano. Though I think I would like to hear Gaga doing this sound one album from now. This album feels incomplete and not entirely thought out. "Perfect Illusion" and "A-Yo" are two of the poster-releases for this record, and are fine pop radio bangers, but I don't find myself returning to them often. "Million Reasons" showcases Gaga's piano singer-songwriter chops and is a solid single. It is obvious "John Wayne" and "Sinner's Prayer" are attempts at a grittier country sound, but seem a bit forced. After track 8 the songwriting becomes very forgettable - pleasant at a surface-level listen, but ultimately lacking substance. The exception to this is "Just Another Day", (which is unfortunately ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE DELUXE EDITION, for some heinous reason) a bouncy, joyful track that sounds like a room full of musicians hammering out a great take in one go. This live room feel contrasts the rest of the record, which makes this track feel like a B-side that made the cut for the sake of marketing a deluxe version of the album. But it's one of the most musically genuine, honest tracks on the album. That's the Gaga I want to hear.

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