Song Review: Lady Gaga, ‘Perfect Illusion’

Written by on September 18, 2016

Still looking into Gaga’s “Illusion.”

Scribed by: Erin Keller

Release Date: September 9, 2016

Record Label: Interscope Records

Rating: 2/5

I’ve been waiting for Lady Gaga’s return to mainstream pop since “Applause.” Gaga’s newest release is unlike anything on the radio, but not what I had in mind for her. Let’s just say, at first, I was thrown off by the release of “Perfect Illusion.”

Let’s start with my assumptions: When I heard Mother Monster would release a pop album, I crossed my fingers for middle school dance hits like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” I thought “Perfect Illusion” would have some of the dance electronic elements as some of Gaga’s earlier tunes. Then, once I saw the artwork for the single, it made me think the album was going to be more rock driven, which didn’t make me mad. Just really confused.

After evaluating the artwork, I listened to the song. The first time I heard it,, I hated it. I’m not going to lie, I was disappointed. I wasn’t sure how well the theatrical emphasis on “Love” sounded in the chorus. You don’t have to make it all the way through the song to know what I’m talking about. And that key change…still trying to process whether or not it sounds good.

BUT, the second time I listened to the tune, I really paid attention to the lyrics. I realized the song is deeply personal relating to Gaga’s split from financé Taylor Kinney. While the lyrics are a bit repetitive, the lines “Way too real to be wrong/Caught up in your show/Yeah, at least now I know It wasn’t love,” gives us a little more insight into why the relationship might have ended. Was is the pressures of fame that took a toll? Were Gaga and Kinney blinded by what they thought was love? I still have some questions, but I’ll leave it at this: if this is the any glimpse of what type of content is  to come on the new Gaga record, we’re in for an emotional ride.

Lady Gaga just announced that the title of her new album will be Joanne and will be released October 21. The album includes a collaboration with Florence + The Machine’s Florence Welch. Gaga is also rumored to be the halftime performer at the 2017 Super Bowl.

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