Lady Gaga, "Alejandro"

77 Billboard Rating

Lady Gaga gives her former lovers the send-off on "Alejandro"--and what a send-off it is. The 24-year-old pop star's third single from "The Fame Monster" opens with a weeping violin, as a distressed Gaga sings: "I know that we are young, and I know that you may love me/But I just can't be with you like this anymore, Alejandro." Before her Latin love interest has the chance to protest, the track swells with a romping, stomping Euro-pop beat, not unlike that of Ace of Base's "Don't Turn Around." Gaga bids her ex-lovers farewell with a pre-chorus that's full of moxie: "You know that I love you, boy/Hot like Mexico, rejoice!/At this point I've got to choose/Nothing to lose." By the song's end, Alejandro, Fernando and Roberto aren't the only ones sent packing--the listener is dancing out right behind them.

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