Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lady Gaga's Born This Way

It's been long due.

Here's what I think of Lady Gaga's 2nd album, "Born This Way". Song by song "analysis"!

Marry The Night
Truth to be told, I really don't get it at first. I was like "WTF is this?" I never really expect it to sound so 80's which such heavy church influence. I didn't even go "gaga" when she released this on Farmville. But everything changes when I manage to listen to it properly on the CD. It sound so grand after a few proper spin. It's like its meant to be play on those super big arena with all a grand piano. Faves part? The breakdown at the end.

Born This Way
Oh hello, and I thought this would be the 1st song of the album. Yeah, no doubt that this is such a gem. I love how this is so upbeat-pop. It's crazyyyyy. It's like she wanted this to fuckin' shine after the sombre-mood opening MTN. Love the contrast, love the song.

Government Hooker
Can I just say the metal influenced beats is totally predictable after the fantastic but commercially flopped "Judas"? I like the metal-dance-pop thingy going on. It's feels so raw with the electronic beats but at the same time, the complex layering of beats shifting non-stop between verse and chorus is genius. OK, 3rd song in, and this is definitely NOT the album I am expecting. And I think it's a good thing.

God, why do this have to be Gaga's first flopped single? (Who am I kiddin'? Top 10 debut is not an easy accomplishment!?) I have a soft spot for this song. Everything about this song is so brilliant! (big words, I know). The breakdown of middle 8 is pure orgasmix. I love the fact she's not exactly singing in it, but more of an Jamaican styled rap/talk thingy? I think this song is so ahead of its time and not everyone know how to appreciate it. That's for sure. Gets better everytime I hear it. I like the video. Lipstick gun. Major lol.

Uh, this "cup of coffee" is definitely "Alejandro" part II with extra latin flavor added in. I dig the "la la la" part and the thumping background electronic beats but sadly there's no worthy climax. Not my cup of coffee la :/ What's with the gunshot at the end? @@" I changed my mind. I freakin' love this track. Sudden realization while listening to this on my way home in the car.

Ah, this sound so familiar. I must say I love this. This is definitely one of the highlight of this album. I am my hair - so silly yet so true. I find myself to be able to relate to that. Don't ask me why~ Listening to this puts me in a good mood, it's so carefree and fun. I always like this side of Gaga. Yet, I am still not too sure about the saxophone though, is it necessary? Hmm..

That's SHIT in German! Haha. Did she write this in Europe since it's so euro-techno? It's so tacky but somehow it works, can you imagine some other pop star singing this? Only Gaga. It's made for the dance floor baby! "Shitty" title, awesome song.

Bloody Mary
The tempo is a bit too slow for my taste but I love how the song soar into something big in the chorus. Don't really care for all the religion connotation in this, it doesn't make any sense to me, so whatever. Her falsetto in the middle-8 is so delicate and beautiful, I'm wondering how come she doesn't show that side of her voice more? Anyway, anyone heard the 25% faster tempo version? Click here. Pretty genius.

Black Jesus † Amen Fashion
Is it me or this is just so random? What kinda statement is she trying to make? Black Jesus and Amen Fashion? I don't get it at all! But I adore this. The synths are so efficient. It sticks to my head for a great amount of time. Worthy bonus track. Should be in the normal edition.

Bad Kids
"Don't be insecure, if your heart is pure." That's speaks so much to me. I must say this is one of my favorite track during my 1st listen and still is one of the best track in BTW. There's so much attitude in this which I love. The opening electric guitar + verse is so crazy mad. I can feel her gusto in this and I am lovin' every minute.

Fashion of His Love
Another highlight for me. This is so 80's inspired dance pop which I appreciate! Not too sure again about the lyrics but yeah, the bells and synth is pretty brilliant. It stuck in my head for a long while and I must say that I don't mind that.

Highway Unicorn (Road To Love)
This is a very complex song. Why? Just because I don't quite get it. I don't particularly hate it but I don't find myself connecting to it. But I do find a lot of people are lovin' this track. Hm.

Heavy Metal Lover
O yeah, this is my kinda song. At 1st listen, I thought she was singing "something something Gaga" but dumbo me, she's actually singing Heavy Metal Lover. Hahaha. I don't know what else to say but I just love this track. I find myself repeating this a lot.

Electric Chapel
Is it me or she's really going for the pop/rock/metal/electronic fusion inspired genre this time around? The influenced is pretty darn obvious in this track but somehow she can manage to turn around the chapel bells and sharp electric guitar into something so dancefloor ready. So Euro-trashy (somehow it reminds me of some dirty S&M club, LOL) and I am a convert.

The Queen
I like the vibe of this song. The intro reminds me of wedding bells. And to have this after the sexy dirty "Electric Chapel" couldn't highlight the difference between this two gems. LOL. It's just so happy-go-lucky, who's with me on this? *don't keep me hanging alone here* Love the guitar solo outro :)

Yoü and I
I love this song to bits. One of my faves song by her. Ala "Speechless" from TFM.

The Edge of Glory
I don't think I need to express myself about how amazing this song is. Definitely the top track in "Born This Way". Everything works perfectly. The fuckin' saxophone bloody pawned everyone in the Top 10 chart everywhere this summer.

Video is okay. She's taking a break I suppose but the video below totally stole my heart.

Puts a smile on my face and I'm telling you, I love TEOG even more after watching this video.

To bloody sum of what I think about BTW, just go and get the album already, there's a reason why this is one of the year most anticipated and best selling album. It might not be the classic Gaga album (too early to tell) but it's definitely one of the best album this year. No doubt about that.

To be honest, I was expecting her to return to her dance pop inspired "The Fame" concept type album for BTW but hell no, Britney already gave us that with Femme Fatale (side note: FF is a good album!).

Sometimes you don't get what you want but you get something so much better, and that is Born This Way.

OK. That's all. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Songs That I'm Diggin' Now

Lets start off with something great shall we?

Beyoncé - Run The World (Girls)

I gotta be honest, I kinda detest this song when I first heard it but damn, it has grown on me immensely. Those Jamaican influenced beats really got some wicked voodoo magic thingy going on. LOL. Too bad most of my peeps don't dig it as much as I do. The 1st song that I really like from Bey (apart from Irreplaceable) and suddenly everyone doesn't want to be on her team :( Did you see her Billboard Awards performance? MEGA. The goodies starts at mark 3:00.

And then I found out about this.
Major Lazer's Pon De Replay.

Major Lazer "Pon De Floor" from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.


Swedish House Mafia's Save The World

Don't you love the doggies and puppies in the video? LOL. And it's strike no. 3 for SHM. I don't think they can do wrong in my book. One is mindfuck the 1st time I heard it. Miami 2 Ibiza is pure class. And now, Save The World is one of the best song I've heard so far this year apart from the really fantastic Calvin Harris' Bounce. (video below, gotta show him tons of love!)

The Strokes' Under Cover of Darkness

Heard this yesterday while I was channel surfing. And was hook by the time the chorus kick in. Something that draws me in. Great stuff.

The Decemberists' This Is Why We Fight

I don't get it at first but I decided to give it another go after J showin' some massive love for them. I love the lead singer's vocal in this, it's so laidback lazy but so powerful at the same time. No backin' out now. I am sold.

f(x)'s Pinocchio (DANGER)

Don't ask me what is this song about. I have no idea. I don't care about the lyrics. I just care about the highly addictive quality of this song. It got stuck in my head. End.

Nicole Scherzinger's Right There feat. 50 Cent

I am seriously beginning to warm up to her. And god knows how obvious she wants a freaking solo career during her PCD days. Don't Hold Your Breathe is a great pop song and this is surprisingly good as well. But seriously, what happened to 50 Cent? Anyway, she's more than half naked again in her video (what's new?) and I love the way she move her booty in the video. Oh la la~

Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory (Live on American Idol)

How great is her vocal in this live performance? Sometimes she doesn't need all the crazy dance moves to put on a show. Love it so much. BTW what's wrong with the Sax player? LOL. I love how she fall into "edge of glory" at the end of the performance. Sweeeet.

Now playing: Swedish House Mafia - Save The World (Official Music Video)
via FoxyTunes

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Calvin Harris' Bounce feat Kelis

One of my faves track for this year!


Now playing: Calvin Harris - Bounce
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Lady Gaga's Judas is finally here! Let's check it out shall we?

Lady Gaga's Judas

My deal with this single is definitely different from "Born This Way" (click to read).

First, the opening verse reminds me of "Bad Romance" with all those ohh, ohh, aohh.. and then she storm off with something so metal-ish and comes as a good surprise. (Much influence from Teeth?) The metal+techno beat definitely come hard and raw. Nothing I've heard before (my music palate doesn't really go to that part of the music world). And then the 1st verse hit and surpise (again!) her vocal is very laid-back, almost like a state of rap talk than singing compared to her "BR" power vocal house. OK, she sound very natural but I need some time to get used to. A very different side of GaGa.

And we reach the most crucial part of any song released, the chorus. That's when she picked up the vocal and it sound more like home to me. Woots. The chorus is not as freakishly catchy as I want it to be but its good. I still can hum along without any major effort. Good sign of a pop song.

"I'm in still in love Judas baby! Judas.. Gaga!".

And then it struck me, who is Judas? Who effin' cares?! LOL.

The 2nd verse and chorus come and go with such complexity in the beats and synth. Who would have thought metal and techno would work like that? Only GaGa and RedOne it seems. The laid-back vocal is definitely growin' on me. But the ahh, ahh, ahhh part in the verse definitely sound like she's having sex and enjoyin' it. Not trying to be controversial or anything but yeah it does reminds me of that. No kiddin' ;)

Well, lets celebrate the middle 8 where the breakdown is really gorgeous. The rapid fire beats means serious business and then the all too familiar rap talk verse ala the french verse in BR is back. I'm just glad its not dubstep-ish! LOL.

It seems tons of people are comparing Judas to Bad Romance, heck, that's what they said when Bad Romance is out, it sound just like Poker Face. Give her a fucking break, just because she's famous these days, it doesn't means spewing such statement will make you sound smarter ;) I do get that you can't satisfy everyone but yeah for those who criticize her and not see California Gurls and Tik Tok are basically the same song show how much you understand the world of pop music. Nuff' said.

There's just one thing. I must confess that I'm gettin' really tired of her "religious" point of view in everything she come out with these days. Can I have the party The Fame Gaga back? There is something just so carefree about "Just Dance" that I love. Now everything just seem so serious and dark. And sometimes it does show that she is trying too hard to shock everyone. No? And to be honest if some new artist is releasing this, I don't think this will be the big break he/she will get. Just because this is from GaGa, it will be huge (it's sittin' on top of the iTunes chart everywhere!) and definitely create some sort of big dent in this generation music history. Great! And now I'm preparing myself for the Born This Way, is it going to top The Fame Monster? Only time will tell and by the look of it. I doubt it.

Update: OMFG. THIS GOTTA BE ONE OF GAGA'S BEST VIDEO EVER!!!!!!!! Lovin' the storyline :) I can't fucking wait for BORN THIS WAY!!!

Now playing: Lady GaGa - Judas
via FoxyTunes