Born This Way [22 Track Special Edition]

Born This Way [22 Track Special Edition]

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by Lady Gaga
     
 

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Not long into the ceaseless promotional parade for Born This Way, Lady Gaga's second full-length record and easily the most anticipated record of the 2010s, a certain sense of inevitability crept into play. It was inevitable that Born This Way would be an escalation of The Fame, it was inevitable that Gaga would go where others feared to tread, itSee more details below

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Not long into the ceaseless promotional parade for Born This Way, Lady Gaga's second full-length record and easily the most anticipated record of the 2010s, a certain sense of inevitability crept into play. It was inevitable that Born This Way would be an escalation of The Fame, it was inevitable that Gaga would go where others feared to tread, it was inevitable that it would be bigger than any other record thrown down in 2011, both in its scale and success. Gaga has taken it upon herself to filter out whatever personal details remain in her songs so she can write anthems for her Little Monsters, that ragtag group of queers, misfits, outcasts, and rough kids who she calls her own. Whatever performance art shock Gaga had on The Fame/The Fame Monster has turned into pure theater. Her drama club ambition to marry rock & roll rebellion with her disco beats turns Born This Way into Like a Prayer by way of Bat Out of Hell. Gaga has chosen not to dig under the skin. She's quite content to state her themes then let them be, using them as the connecting thread on an '80s pastiche set to a relentless Eurotrash throb. Echoes of Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar, and Bruce Springsteen -- whose longtime running partner Clarence Clemons blows sax on two songs --- can be heard throughout, but it is naturally Madonna who is the cornerstone, giving Gaga the "Express Yourself" melody and a pop precedent for Catholic guilt. Lady Gaga knowingly recontextualizes the Material Girl for a post-modern collage, the sly similarities offering tangible reminders that Gaga is the heir to the diva throne. And Born This Way does solidify her standing as something of a pop visionary. Gaga's true gift is her considerable dexterity at delivering the basics. Unlike so many of her peers, she does not cut and paste her tracks digitally, she constructs from the chords up, then accessorizes at will. She doesn't abandon this sensibility on Born This Way, but she does take it for granted, never pushing her compositions or productions into unpredictable territory. She serves up the expected, which can be quite satisfying: "Marry the Night" glistens with a neon pulse, "Born This Way" has a giddiness to its self-importance, "Judas" turns "Alejandro" into towering gothic disco, she achieves her metal-disco fusion on "Bad Kids," and she even shows vulnerability on "You and I."

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Jon Pareles
The album is as catchy and euphorically overblown as the music that made her a sensation.... "Born This Way" is an album of bangers; every song, give or take an introduction, picks up and roars.... She draws on club beats like trance and techno but never settles for the repetitiveness of much dance music; it’s a funhouse of an album, with sonic jolts and gimmicks that she spent months on. The album has abundant echoes of the 1980s: not just Madonna, Lady Gaga’s obvious predecessor in many things, but also the heft and piano pounding of ’80s heartland rock.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2011
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602527641256
catalogNumber:
001537472
Rank:
18547

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Marry the Night  -  Lady Gaga
  2. Born This Way  -  Lady Gaga
  3. Government Hooker  -  Lady Gaga
  4. Judas  -  Lady Gaga
  5. Americano  -  Lady Gaga
  6. Hair  -  Lady Gaga
  7. Scheiße  -  Lady Gaga
  8. Bloody Mary  -  Lady Gaga
  9. Black Jesus/Amen Fashion  -  Lady Gaga
  10. Bad Kids  -  Lady Gaga
  11. Fashion of His Love  -  Lady Gaga
  12. Highway Unicorn (Road To Love)  -  Lady Gaga
  13. Heavy Metal Lover  -  Lady Gaga
  14. Electric Chapel  -  Lady Gaga
  15. The Queen  -  Lady Gaga
  16. Yoü and I  -  Lady Gaga
  17. The Edge of Glory  -  Lady Gaga

Disc 2

  1. Born This Way  -  Lady Gaga
  2. Judas  -  Lady Gaga
  3. Marry the Night  -  Lady Gaga
  4. Scheiße  -  Lady Gaga
  5. Fashion of His Love  -  Lady Gaga

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lady Gaga   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Brian May   Guitar
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone
Julio Hernandez   Violin
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Background Vocals
Carlos Murguía   Background Vocals
Brian Gaynor   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
DJ Snake   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Mario Hernandez   Guitarron,Vihuela
Andy Abad   Requinto
Fernando Garibay   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Clinton Sparks   Keyboards
Kareem Devlin   Guitar
RedOne   Background Vocals
David Gomez   Background Vocals
Trevor Muzzy   Guitar
DJ White Shadow   Keyboards
Suemy Gonzalez   Violin
Jorge Alavrez   Background Vocals
Paul Blair   Guitar
Brian Lee   Background Vocals
Peter Van Der Veen   Background Vocals
Stephanie Amaro   Guitar

Technical Credits

Vincent Herbert   Executive Producer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Olle Romo   Programming,Engineer
Tom Ware   Engineer
Brian Gaynor   Programming
Justin Shirley-Smith   Guitar Engineer
DJ Snake   Producer
Gene Grimaldi   Mastering
Nick Knight   Creation
Rafa Sardina   Engineer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Horace Ward   Engineer
Gretchen Anderson   Producer
Fernando Garibay   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Musical Director,Instrumentation
Clinton Sparks   Producer
Cheche Alara   Arranger,Composer,Instrumentation
Wendi Morris   Management
Dyana Kass   Marketing
RedOne   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation,Vocal Editing
Lady Gaga   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Musical Director,Instrumentation
Kamau Georges   Programming
Nicola Formichetti   Creation
Troy Carter   Management
Bobby Campbell   Marketing
Amanda Silverman   Publicity
Trevor Muzzy   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Jeppe Laursen   Composer,Producer
DJ White Shadow   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Todd Tourso   Creation
Laurieann Gibson   Creation

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