Is Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" a born success?
The title track from Gaga's upcoming album was released at 6 a.m. EST today. It is now available for purchase.
You can listen to "Born This Way" online at Lady Gaga's official website. The site will likely attract lots of traffic throughout the day. If you have problems, try listening to "Born This Way" on PerezHilton.com.
I crawled out of bed early this morning to listen to the song's debut on Q107.3. My instant reaction? Better than "Alejandro," but not as good as "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance."
Dance track "Born This Way" is perhaps Gaga's most disco-inspired tune so far. Naturally, that may or may not be a good thing. Many people say it's a ripoff of Madonna's "Express Yourself." In fact, "Express Yourself" was even trending on Twitter this morning -- presumably a result of Gaga's song debut.
I think comparisons to David Guetta's "When Love Takes Over" are more accurate. "Born This Way" also sounds like almost anything by Gloria Gaynor. I don't understand the listeners who say they hear pieces of TLC's "Waterfalls" in the song.
Is it catchy? Sure. Gaga had a lot of pressure to release another major hit, and to some extent "Born This Way" exceeded my expectations. That is, I instantly concluded I'd listen to the song again. I also imagine it accompanying movie power sequences centered on the fitting room fashion shows.
That said, Gaga best showcases her vocal strengths when she's at the piano. Call me naive, but I still think Gaga's genuinely a good singer. Unfortunately, her vocal uniqueness often gets buried between dance beats.
"Born This Way" doesn't do much to buck that trend. In fact, between the spoken word portions and disco beats, I can imagine Kim Zolciak making a vocally inferior version of the same song.
If "Born This Way" gains a significant following, it'll likely be due to the song's message and beat, rather than something especially compelling about Gaga's vocals. My opinion might change if I saw her perform the song live.
But I think the tune is strong enough to ensure Gaga won't vanish into obscurity anytime soon. And yes, I will respond to all criticism today by claiming I was born this way.
Consider yourself warned.
What do you think of the song?