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Together, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But to maintain her authenticity as a subversive hero, it really couldn't. "Born This Way" is proof that, for better or worse, Gaga is guided by her own compass. Sometimes it leads her to radio-perfect pop hits ("Hair"). Sometimes it goes weird ("Bloody Mary"). But regardless, this is an artist following her bliss - or in Gaga's case, her mission.
Which tracks on "Born This Way" are Gaga's latest musical triumphs? Here's our Twitter-length track-by-track review of each song.
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1. "Marry the Night" - The nuptials might be Gothic, but the track is unapologetic disco-powered pop that could have been a production number on "Fame."
2."Born This Way" - You know it, you love it. Gaga's "I Am What I Am" manifesto is the album's first of many freak-power pulpit-bangers.
3. "Government Hooker" - Opera vocalizing, minimal techno bleeps, a JFK reference, and conflicting definitions of self as seductive product.
4. "Judas" - Calm down folks, it's just a bad boy metaphor, not religious commentary. A model unification of Gaga's philosophical heresy and sonic poppery.
5. "Americano" - Gaga channels Judy Garland with maracas. Could be about gay marriage, immigration, or trying to repeat "Alejandro's" chart coup.
6. "Hair" - As in metal? "Glee"-destined 80s power ballad (with a sax solo!) puts the liberation message through a personal style filter.
7. "Scheiße" - Apparently she's speaking gibberish that sounds German but isn't, kind of like this dated take on club techno. But what a chorus.
8. "Bloody Mary" - Trance-y dirge name-checks Jesus and features a monk chorus chanting "Gaga." Plucked strings up the cathedral creep factor.
9. "Bad Kids" - Slacker anthem literally opens with the line "I'm a loser, baby," but the Beck-isms stop there. More Moroder-70s than plucky-90s.
10. "Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)" - As bizarrely epic as the title. Can't help but picture Gaga as Rainbow Brite riding toward Burning Man.
11. "Heavy Metal Lover" - Relatively forgettable leather & lust, apart from line one: "I want your whiskey mouth all over my blonde south."
12. "Electric Chapel" - It's a nice day for a technicolor wedding. A fat guitar riff leads Gaga down the aisle with her "holy fool" following.
13. "You and I" - Hello Middle America! This is a Mutt Lange country ballad that makes no contextual sense but that is definitely not the point.
14. "The Edge of Glory" - Menthol-cooled club anthem sounds a lot like Cher's "Song for the Lonely" meets Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now."
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