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REVIEW: ‘Joanne’ gives a million reasons to walk away

by Cody Melin

In my preview of  “Joanne” I pointed out how this album is supposed to be Lady Gaga’s comeback.

After the flop albums of  Artpop and “Cheek to Cheek,” Gaga realized she needed to show off her vocal and acting talents with the hopes to regain notoriety. From theatrical performances to the National Anthem, Gaga climbed her way back up high enough to book the Super Bowl halftime show next year.

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With the announcement of “Joanne” Gaga was supposed to claim her crown once again as the Queen of Pop — but this isn’t the case.

To those who may not know, “Joanne” is titled after Gaga’s middle name and the name of her late aunt. Gaga uses the country-inspired pop to pay homage to her aunt Joanne while expressing herself with what she describes as her personal brand of pop. The album sets itself apart with country vibes that Gaga has yet to showcase in any album. We also see the lady behind the costume. “Joanne” allows for Gaga to express herself without the aid of crazy wigs or meat dresses.

Her emotional and honest ballad, “Million Reasons,” delivers the most impactful lyric of the album. “I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away, but baby I just need one good one to stay.”

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Gaga is able to show off her vocal range with pure emotion  with the work tape version of “Angel Down,” a song paying respect to Trayvon Martin and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.b 

Other than the hits such as “A-YO” and “Hey Girl,” “Joanne” fails to satiate the craving that many Gaga super fans have. The album comes off as bland and repetitive. The pop music that fans fell in love with back in 2008 with “The Fame” may never find its way back into their ears.

Lady Gaga may not be the meat-wearing singer she used to be, but her Joanne phase may not be her ticket to success either.

Cody Melin is a senior broadcast media major. This review reflects the opinion of the author only.

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