Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album, Joanne, is finally available to listen to in its entirety on Spotify:
While the album has been receiving mixed reviews from critics ahead of its release – as wide and varied as “slightly frustrating” (Vulture) and “the most sonically varied, emotionally honest album of her career” (USA Today). Whatever reviews you’ve read, it’s time to decide for yourself what you think of Gaga’s most stripped down, country-twang record yet. Personally, we’re in love with the album – it’s reminiscent of the soundtrack of an old Western movie – with a modern twist, of course. Here’s our favorite tracks:
The Country Anthem: “A-Yo”
She’s already released this one as a single, and for good reason: “A-Yo” is Gaga having fun – just listening to her belt “Mirror on the ceiling” you can picture her hopping and kicking and snarling onstage with her guitar and cowboy hat.
The Heartbreaking Ballad: “Million Reasons”
“Million Reasons” is perhaps Gaga at her most stripped-down, ever, and at perhaps her most musically gorgeous. While it’s not really something we’d hope to hear at the club, we’ll certainly cry to it in the rain.
The Sunset, Top-Down Getaway Song: “Sinner’s Prayer”
Next time you’ve robbed a casino in Las Vegas at gunpoint with your true love, and your speeding away into the desert sunset in your pale pink convertible, play “Sinner’s Prayer.” It’s moody, sexy, and inevitably makes you want to smoke a cigarette and spit some sunflower seeds.
The Song You Play to Celebrate Your Work Week Ending: “Come to Mama”:
When you’ve finally wrapped an exhausting week, it’s 6 PM on Friday, you’re feeling a little wobbly and exhausted but also ready to party, and you just need to collapse into your mother’s embrace for a second – it’s time to play “Come to Mama.” It’s kind of Beatles-sounding, but, of course, with Gaga’s powerful wailing thrown over jazzy beats.
Your’s and Your Best Friend’s Song: “Hey Girl”
Yes, dreams do come true, and at long last, Lady Gaga and Florence Welch have released their fabulous, uplifting duet. Their voices are meant to be listened to together – just different enough for you to tell them apart, but similarly rock ‘n roll enough to create a gorgeous, streamlined girl power song.
The Song at the Part of That 60s Movie Where Someone Dies: “Angel Down”
One of the best things about this album is it’s tone, reminiscent of moody, soulful country-rock, somewhat evocative of Bob Dylan or John Mellencamp. And that’s never more apparent on “Angel Down,” a slow, sad, twangy, warbling song perfect for listening to on your front porch as the silent tears cascade down your face.
The Anthem to Play in the Credits of Sex and the City 3: “Grigio Girls
Perhaps our favorite song on the album is the ode to sisterhood, femininity, and white wine: “Grigio Girls.” It’s simultaneously joyous and a little sad, tinged with nostalgia – and also very much a celebration of alcohol. If they don’t use this song for either the opening or closing credits of the new Sex and the City movie, they’ll have to make an American Crime Story season about that decision.
The Song That Makes You Feel Like You’re in a Dive Bar: “Just Another Day”
As she introduces the rest of her team, croons and laughs, “Just Another Day” brings us virtually into the sticky floors and smoky air of her Dive Bar Tour, which continues this weekend in New York City.