Pop Music Needs Lady Gaga, Lady Gaga Needs an Editor

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Well, that's where we get back in to the world of subjectivity, but the simplest answer may be this: she needs a strong producer to help direct her wilder impulses.

All artists should be true to themselves, of course, but all artists need to be willing to kill their babies when they're not working too. Artpop is proof that Gaga is perhaps a little too in love with her work. You cut out some of the fat from the record and we're not even having this conversation because deep inside Artpop is a good record being hidden by a lot of bloat.

A leaner, meaner ARTPOP still probably doesn't have the sales success of The Fame or Born This Way, because no amount of trimming is going to magically make good singles appear (although perhaps if she spent more time working on what was good and less time on what wasn't a song like "Manicure" gets that extra bit of polish that makes it something special), but at least the critics wouldn't have been able to turn the narrative from "Lady Gaga releases another popular album" to "the Lady Gaga Experiment is over!"

That wouldn't stop the haters from finding reasons to hate her and it might make her fans a little more insufferable, but it would be better for an often-boring mainstream-pop landscape that needs Lady Gaga around to keep things interesting. If not for her, all we're left with the emotional vacuum that is Katy Perry, a bunch of other singers who sing whatever their producers tell them to and Taylor Swift, the John Cena of pop music who would become infinitely more interesting if she would just turn heel.

So yes, if Lady Gaga could just find a musical partner to help her turn her wilder impulses into something a bit more fun to listen to, we'd all be better off. Still irrational, of course, but certainly in a better place.

(Writer's Note: Yeah, I know, it is I who need the editor. Good job, trolls.)

Lady Gaga performs Wednesday night at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.


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acheng2
acheng2

ARTFLOP has NOT sold 2.5 million copies worldwide. That is BS that her record company is trying to pass. It has not even sold 2 million copies worldwide. Don't believe the BS you hear from her PR people; they lie about everything. 

htownjesse
htownjesse

Is she still around? 7K empty seats at AT&T in SA? Inevitable death spiral.

chrislane
chrislane

Great article. I completely agree.

th3blackswan
th3blackswan

I'm a Gaga fan, I love ARTPOP however it has its flaws... & I agree with your entire article. She has all these great crazy ideas but somehow doesn't know how to make everything work and were left with a bloated album... Another thing that I have thought about is that This album was ready in december of 2012... & They had her rewrite a lot of the songs and add new ones, which makes me wonder if her lack of success was her own second guessing of her album? She had songs that she talked about but never released and I wonder if they got substituted with other not-so great songs. I wish she would go back to making songs with RedOne instead of DJWS... or just make an album with ZEDD, who produced G.U.Y. which is the song on the album most comparable to Bad Romance and could have had major success had it been the first single!!!

jromero2784
jromero2784

I totally agree! He current producer DJWS sucks horribly! I hope on her next album she  has a way better new producer to help her!

drepet123
drepet123

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Perfectly put. She is far above other pop stars and keeps people talking. The fact that her "worst" record still has a metacritic rating of 61, which is equal to Katy Perry's best record rating for "Prism", is truly saying something and people need to see it. Katy got this great review for her album but no one wanted to talk about the fact that it got a equal rating as Gaga's, all anyone could focus on is how Gaga didn't make a album as good as before. Every artist has a bad album. Madonna has several terrible albums and still she is considered a force to be reckoned with. People need to just realize that even at her worst Gaga is a name that is always going to be in music and will always push music. Non of the other artists 6years ago were as edgy or dressed how they do now so she truly broke the mold for them (and I understand trolls that the mold was before broken by others but not in this generation)

KarlKandy
KarlKandy

I agree with this article somewhat. But Cory you do give Gaga way too much credit and props. She stinks now and everybody knows it.

Yes, Paparazzi was/is her true masterpiece. She may never return to that height. Will Red One even work with her? She doesn't want to pay anyone what they are worth...so her product suffers with sub-standard tracks and production quality.

She has not sold 2.5 million. That is a lie. I an surprised she is even able to tour this album. I am sure tickets are not selling because of Artpop. She's just lost too many loyalists.

I am looking forward to Madonna's new album. It will indeed be a refreshing new piece of pop culture and jewel in Madonna's crown.

Miss Angela Cheng, keep doing what you are doing. You are the Queen of Internet Whistle Blowers! If you are really Perez, so who cares, so what? You deserve respect!

panochas
panochas

@acheng2 Thank you! finally someone noticed that the media keeps inflating her numbers, but the only thing is inflating is her belly (she's a fat slob now)

acheng3
acheng3

@acheng2 not sure if ur perez or gaga's pissed off former assistant or just a unibomber type psycho but...ur not really doing anything to HURT gaga. ur just some faceless troll with no credibility. Some people will of course believe the tripe u put out there...if Jesus could convince people he walked on water I'm sure you can continue to get a very SMALL percentage of the public to jump on your "let's get Gaga to commit suicide in front of the world" bandwagon.

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