Leah Brzezinski, contributor
What is “ARTPOP?” I’ve purposely avoided giving a rat’s ass about Ms. Gaga, but finally relented. It’s the theme, people!
Look at this title — in all caps! It’s already annoying me. A glance at the track list -“G.U.Y,” “MANiCURE,” “Jewels n’ Drugs,” “Sexxx Dreams” — there’s little doubt. This shit is totally ART… and POP! It’s ARTPOP! After a listen, it’s just sort of bizarre, remixable club samples strung together into simple dance songs. Decent techno beats, pleasant, unobtrusive vocals; she’s part Madonna, part Kate Bush, part Marilyn Manson. I’m both offended and amused by the smutty lyrics (G.U.Y. stands for “Girl Under You,” by the way. N.A. Nice Acronym).
I’ll admit it’s stuck in my head, especially “Do What U Want” and “Applause.” Sure, I’d use it as a workout or a hatesex soundtrack, or for drunken 3:00 a.m. dancing at a gay bar/alone in my apartment. Regardless, shame will be involved. That’s actually a pretty good litmus test for most art/pop.
Rating: 5 out of 12 cans of PBR