It’s been nearly three years since the last time we pressed play on a new album from pop eccentric Lady Gaga by her lonesome. Granted, part of that time lapse was due to forays outside of her main genre with mentor/jazz legend Tony Bennett and work on television via FX’s hit ‘American Horror Story’ series, but much of it was presumed time taken to recoup from the critical and relative commercial failure that was 2013’s ‘ArtPop.’
With word she was set to reconnect with longtime hitmaking partner-in-crime RedOne, fans and critics alike were undoubtedly expecting a “return to form” for the songstress upon the official unveiling of her 2016 efforts. While they got no such thing in the set’s first releases, ‘A-Yo,’ ‘Million Reasons,’ and, of course, ‘Perfect Illusion,’ diehards were still singing anticipatory praises to the album (‘Joanne’). The masses – as evinced by the poor performance of each of the previously mentioned tunes on the Billboard Hot 100 – were not so easily convinced.
Fast forward to its release date (October 21st), the album – even at a discounted $3.99 – is being greeted with low buzz and mixed review. But, as usual, the only reviews we care about are yours – That Grape Juice faithful.
That’s why we’ve come to ask…
Are you buying Lady Gaga’s 5th album ‘Joanne’?