ARTPOP [Explicit Version]

ARTPOP [Explicit Version]

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by Lady Gaga
     
 

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If Born This Way was made for the Little Monsters, its 2013 sequel ARTPOP was made for the world. Lady Gaga has grand designs for her third album, to pull a "reverse Warhol," which presumably means she wants to channel high art into pop instead of pop into high art, but it's a little difficult to discern Gaga's intent,

Overview

If Born This Way was made for the Little Monsters, its 2013 sequel ARTPOP was made for the world. Lady Gaga has grand designs for her third album, to pull a "reverse Warhol," which presumably means she wants to channel high art into pop instead of pop into high art, but it's a little difficult to discern Gaga's intent, either in this statement or ARTPOP as a whole. Willfully existing simply on the surface, a surface that perhaps (or perhaps not) signifies a greater depth, ARTPOP is teasingly garish, its bright colors and brittle beats attacking with glee, the emphasis always on big, pulsating beats, shattered reflections, and sound cascading over song in every instance. Inevitably, this emphasis on production means the pop in ARTPOP winds up diminished; perhaps it's "pop" in the pop-art sense, as it's shamelessly intentionally populist, but as pop music it's stiff, relying not on hooks in either its melody or rhythm, but rather a full-on glitz blitz that can dazzle as often as it tires. Lost in her self-generated mythos, Gaga doesn't much care whether her music sticks as long as she's not ignored -- even such seemingly soul-baring moments as the single-spotlight showcase "Dope" aren't confessional so much as gear shifts designed to capture attention -- and ARTPOP continually demands attention as it eschews the notion of love, right down to how all the sex songs deliberately separate the body from the soul. This isn't limited to Gaga's exhortation to R. Kelly to "do what you want with my body" on "Do What U Want," either. At times -- particularly through the album's first half -- ARTPOP is a non-stop erotic cabaret, Gaga contorting herself to fulfill any desire, switching roles between a guy and a girl, and a bottom and a top, her ambidextrous sexuality signaling power, not sensuality. This same arrogance glides her through songs about style -- the ludicrous "Donatella," a tribute to Versace that borders on character assassination; "Fashion!," which isn't a David Bowie cover, no matter how much it longs to be -- and through the songs about drugs, a cycle that takes her toward a concluding coda where Gaga stands resplendent in the applause. The concept is artful and logical, yet ARTPOP never insinuates or settles in the subconscious; it always assaults, determined to make an impression even when all it has to say is that it doesn't have much to say.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2013
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602537543045
catalogNumber:
001929502
Rank:
12003

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lady Gaga   Primary Artist,Piano
R. Kelly   Vocals
Donnie Lyle   Bass
Nick Monson   Synthesizer
Adam MacDougall   Keyboards
Jason Lader   Keyboards
Natalie Ganther   Background Vocals
Nicole Ganther   Background Vocals
Giorgio Tuinfort   Piano
Sean Erick   Horn
Bijon Watson   Horn
Tim Stewart   Guitar
Kevin Williams   Horn
Leon Silva   Horn
Sonja Durham   Voiceover
Hugo Leclercq   Synthesizer
Lyon Gray   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

R. Kelly   Composer
Vincent Herbert   Executive Producer
Donnie Lyle   Musical Director
Bill Malina   Engineer
Sun Ra   Composer,Sample Source
Rick Rubin   Producer
Too $hort   Composer
George Atkins   Engineer
Twista   Composer
JoAnn Tominaga   Arranger,Instrumentation
Julian Peploe   Text Layout
Ryan Hewitt   Engineer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Abel Garibaldi   Vocal Engineer
will.i.am   Programming,Producer,Vocal Engineer,Instrumentation
Ian Mereness   Vocal Engineer
Amit Duvdevani   Composer
Infected Mushroom   Producer
Nick Monson   Composer,Producer,Bass Arrangement,Guitar Arrangements,Additional Production
David Guetta   Producer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Dennis Dennehy   Publicity
Giorgio Tuinfort   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ryan Shanahan   Engineer
RedOne   Composer
Ghazi Hourani   Engineer
Zombie Zombie   Sample Source
Lady Gaga   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements,Bass Arrangement,Guitar Arrangements,Piano Arrangement
William Grigahcine   Composer
Andrew Robertson   Producer
Amanda Silverman   Publicity
Julián Arias   Composer
Sean Oakley   Engineer
Anton Zaslavski   Composer
Erez Eisen   Composer
Elliot Carter   Engineer
DJ White Shadow   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Paul Blair   Composer
Zedd   Producer
William Adams   Composer
Clifford Harris   Composer
Benjamin Rice   Producer,Engineer
Daniel Zaidenstadt   Engineer
Dino Zisis   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Martin Bresso   Composer
Hugo Leclercq   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Nicolas Mercier   Composer
Rick Pearl   Programming
David Guette   Composer
Jeff Koons   Cover Art

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