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Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” Is Full Of Pure, Stripped, Untethered Feeling


As a big fan of the Minimalist Aesthetic (TM) and light pastel tones, I find Lady Gaga’s new album cover for Joanne to be particularly eye-catching. That particular shade of pastel pink is gracing every self-respecting aesthetic Instagram feed, but I don’t feel it’s just a trend gimmick. Lady Gaga’s new album is named after her real self, the Joanne who fought and struggled to reach the top, the Joanne that is full of history and raw emotion. Gaga’s new single is so full of pure, stripped, untethered feeling, much like her album cover. This is Gaga like we’ve never seen, baring herself and putting aside the mask of Hollywood phoniness (not that she was ever phony to begin with, mind you). Lady Gaga just wears a hat and no ridiculous makeup, or unbelievably high heels, or meat dresses, or anything else that exuberantly expresses her individuality. It’s pure and simple and memorable and clean, and I think the synth-pop we have grown to love might be toned down slightly for this album.

“Million Reasons” spoke to me personally, and I’m sure it will to loads of people out there who have almost thrown everything away and given up. I cannot begin to tell you the number of times I’ve had a list of cons a mile long, and I’ve done something just because there was one good reason to do it. “Million Reasons” is simple, broken down and acoustic, and Gaga has a chance to showcase some powerful vocals with no distractions. And if you’re not convinced with the audio release yet, watch the last bit of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, where she belts out her new song and you can actually see that this comes from deep within her. This comes from Joanne, and not just Gaga. This is Gaga’s pure talent.
Joanne is out 10/21/16. Watch the video for “Perfect Illusion.” Listen to “A-YO.”


November 3, 2016

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Keerthana Batchu Keerthana is a third-culture multilingual chemical engineer, trying to figure out how to survive in a corporate world AND reach as many people as possible. She also has no damn clue about the "cool" side of pop-culture, but she tries.

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