Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lady Gaga - Judas

Lady Gaga is always full of surprises.  "Judas", the follow-up single to her record breaking "Born This Way", was slated to be released on April 19.  The schedule was going exactly as planned when the unthinkable happened.  A low quality two minute clip of the track was somehow leaked and posted online.  This would surely hurt the massive anticipation behind the single, so Gaga released "Judas" to radio and digital sources immediately, four days ahead of the original release date.  This rushed release had her Little Monsters everywhere in a panic, trying to hear the new single.

To start things off, "Judas" is completely different from "Born This Way".  While they both have that "Gaga" sound, "Judas" isn't an inspirational anthem like the title track from her upcoming record.  The lyrics are much darker with various Biblical references.  "Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to."  I'm sure the religious groups that are often seen protesting outside her concerts will react to this track.

Religious standpoints aside, "Judas" is a heavy dance song with an industrial sized beat.  The synths are intact, as always.  "Judas" could be Born This Way's equivalent to The Fame Monster's "Bad Romance".  They both have the bizarre chant-like hook, "Gaga ooh la la - Judas Juda ah ah", and lyrical themes of, well, a bad romance.

One major change found on "Judas", as compared to the rest of Gaga's discography, is her vocal technique.  During the verses,  she sings with a strange almost-accent.  Once the chorus comes around, she's back to her traditional soaring vocals.  The bridge melody sounds strikingly similar to the German lines from the remix of "Scheiße" that was used during the Mugler fashion show in Paris.  When you put it all together, the result is another milestone in Gaga's career.

The vast differences between "Judas" and "Born This Way" have me wondering which direction her new album will take in a lyrical sense.  No matter which way she goes, Gaga is always pushing the boundaries for modern pop music, and "Judas" is no exception.  One has to wonder if Gaga leaked the song purposely just to give it to her fans a few days early...

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