Born This Way [22 Track Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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."
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2011
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602527641256
  • Catalog Number: 001537472
  • Sales rank: 31,222

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Marry the Night (4:24)
  2. 2 Born This Way (4:20)
  3. 3 Government Hooker (4:14)
  4. 4 Judas (4:09)
  5. 5 Americano (4:06)
  6. 6 Hair (5:08)
  7. 7 Scheiße (3:45)
  8. 8 Bloody Mary (4:04)
  9. 9 Black Jesus/Amen Fashion (3:36)
  10. 10 Bad Kids (3:50)
  11. 11 Fashion of His Love (3:39)
  12. 12 Highway Unicorn (Road To Love) (4:15)
  13. 13 Heavy Metal Lover (4:12)
  14. 14 Electric Chapel (4:12)
  15. 15 The Queen (5:16)
  16. 16 Yoü and I (5:07)
  17. 17 The Edge of Glory (5:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Born This Way (4:21)
  2. 2 Judas (4:07)
  3. 3 Marry the Night (4:20)
  4. 4 Scheiße (9:35)
  5. 5 Fashion of His Love (3:44)
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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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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Album Of The Year

    Just by the Singles JUDAS and BORN THIS WAY you can see how important this album is this year. EDGE OF GLORY is out tomorrow, I can't wait to find out the whole album! Highly reccomend!!

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    She's born this way, and you can be too!

    Stefani Angelina Joanne Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga was born in Manhattan, New York. She is 25 years old. At age 19 she had a record deal, but was later dropped from it. She was then signed over with Akon after writing her first single, Just Dance. From then on she produced her first album, The Fame. The Fame included singles such as, Paparazzi, Just Dance, Poker Face, and Love Game. Her second album was called The Fame Monster. This album included singles such as, Telephone featuring Beyonce, Bad Romance, and Alejandro. Her third album, however, was her best one yet! It was a complete change for her as an artist. Born This Way let Lady Gaga show her fans who she was and let them know it¿s okay to be yourself. The song ¿Hair¿ on this album is about how she just wants to be free and for people to except her just the way she is. I feel like this a good message from her to her fans. Born This Way is a change for Lady Gaga, because it¿s completely different from any other album she¿s worked on. Born This Way has a unique style that I feel no other artist can capture as well as she did. It¿s unique because there is a big variety of different types of music and genres. It¿s mostly about expressing yourself and being comfortable with who you are. Her first album, The Fame was mostly up-beat, fun songs. The Fame Monster had kind of a mix of slower but unique songs that usually you wouldn¿t hear. Born This Way has more of a different vibe then both of her first two albums. This album includes singles such as, Born This Way, Marry The Night, Edge Of Glory, and makes no mistakes. I feel like this sends a message that everyone is beautiful inside and out and to love yourself just the way you are. The song ¿Marry The Night¿ is about living life to the fullest and never giving up on what you believe in, no matter what anyone says. The song ¿Edge Of Glory¿ was written for her grandpa who passed away. This album has a big variety of music, including, Pop, Rock, and even a Country version of the song ¿Born This Way.¿ Some of the pop songs are ¿Bloody Mary,¿ ¿Marry The Night,¿ ¿Judas,¿ and many more. The song ¿Electric Chapel¿ definitely has more of a Rock vibe and is more up-beat than most of the songs on this album. On the second CD that comes with Born This Way Extended Version, there is a Country Version of Born This Way. It has kind of a slower beat and her voice has kind of a tint in her voice to it, personally I like this version better than the regular one, which is another reason you just have to get this album. Born This Way is all about being yourself, loving who you are, standing up for your rights, but most importantly it¿s about not caring what people think of you. She wants you to be comfortable and love yourself the way you are. So go out and buy this album, you won¿t regret it, and remember you were Born This Way!

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

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    Pop Music At Its Best

    That's all there is to it.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    amazing sophomore album

    This CD has everything. I love how she created a 17 song album, but instead of every song sounding exactly the same, each has it's own voice. I'm a gaga fan, been a fan since before she became "epic" but this album is a little darker and more to her NY roots. It has a lot of NYC house music influences, but there are also a lot of Whitney Houston and Madonna influences. She really created a work of art, and i'm sure there will be many people that despise this album, you cannot deny the fact that this woman is hardworking, talented and raising the bar among todays "pop-stars"

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    This is, without a doubt, her best album yet. It's darker and sm

    This is, without a doubt, her best album yet. It's darker and smarter than both The Fame and The Fame Monster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    CHECK IT THIS OUT

    I LOVE THIS CD .I think that Lady Gaga is an inspiration with the song,Judas

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Hauntingly Monterously Awesome

    I got the new CD Yesterday. Listen to the whole thing plus the remixes. Lady GaGa was singing in my dreams. Then when I got up this morning I heard her singing some more. I really like the new CD but I didn't realize until this morning that I like every song on the CD. The new CD is Hauntingly Monterously Awesome. You get to see another part of Mother Monster's Soul. I enjoy the Experience as always. It is a great complement to Lady GaGa's The Fame Monster. If you listen to Fashion Of His Love you going to be reminded of I wanna dance with somebody by Whitney Houston. I had to write about this cause it is still all fresh in my head and has not had time to settle. Awesome CD and I think it is great work from Lady GaGa. I know some are not going to like the new CD. Others are going to love it. That's how it goes with any artist. So the best way to sum it up is I think Born this way is Epic. But, in a sense that most would not understand. True Lady Gaga fan's know that you have to change with music and with the artist. Because it is a reflection of the artist. You either love it or you don't.

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