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Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Released: May 2011
Label: Streamline / Interscope
Lady Gaga's second album steps ever so slightly away from the dance pop she helped dominate the charts with -- or, rather, she widens her gait to include a broader musical range. Euro-industrial club beats meet metal meets anthemic classic rock (complete with cameos by E Street Band sax man Clarence Clemons) meets '80s mall pop -- and all of it filtered through religious metaphors (from organ swells to "Judas"). It's a postmodern pastiche of pop references hot-glued together with Gaga's earnest ethos of individualism and freak-flag-flying.
Rachel Devitt
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