The trouble with Lady Gaga circa Born This Way is she started to feel a bit like a show-off. Like, OK, we get it, you’re high concept, whatever. She started to feel like a drunk aunt at a party, and I say that as someone who was one step away from getting “Little Monster <3” tattooed across my forehead in 2009. Applause is, thank God, Gaga’s homecoming.
It’s simple, it’s gorgeous, it’s a snappy three minutes long rather than a dragged-out fifteen. Here are the best goddamn moments in Gaga’s latest venture:
The Head Spin
Yes! Gaga! Yes! Spin for us! Spin!
Gaga isn’t really a dancer, which is why I love her choreography so much. I have two left feet and a heap of crowd-related anxiety issues, so the great choreography reminds me that I too may one day become a pop star.
The Big Tent Thing
Wahoo! Big white tent jacket! Look at me swirl! I am a pretty Pokemon!
Is she Leda? Is she Swan Lake? I love a bit of anthropomorphic inter-breeding so Gaga as a sexy swan lady totally floats my boat.
Gaga is at her best when she’s marching up and down like a latter day supermodel. Case in point.
The Undead Gaga
This is a nod to previous-era-Gaga, right? Reminds me of her amazing Grammy’s performance. It’s the right mix of spookalicious and brutal glamour.
The Esoteric Hand Gesture
Love it babes. Give the Illuminati conspiracy theorists something else to panic about on lame web forums. This looks a bit too complex to teach myself, but might try and perform it as a greeting at job interviews.
Everyone is always so keen to disparage Gara for stealing/referencing Madonna or Bowie or whatever, but no one has noticed that Gaga is totally ripping off Miley Cyrus’ appalling video for I Can’t Be Tamed or Untamed or whatever the hell it’s called.
I wish I would get this much of a response when I wear hand bras and thrust about like a Jack Russell.
ALL IN ALL: this might not be ‘Bad Romance’ and the chorus might sound way too David-Guetta-after-a-few-Apple-Sourz, but it’s a fun song with a fun video. Play it to your grandmother. Play it to random school children you encounter on the street. Gaga, we salute you.