Lady Gaga – Joanne - 2016 Electro Pop - Ltd Deluxe Edition Black Vinyl 2LP
Lady Gaga – Joanne
Streamline Records – B0025845-01, Interscope Records – B0025845-01
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Black
19 May 2017
Electronic, Rock, Pop
Country Rock, Pop Rock, Acoustic, Ballad
A1 Diamond Heart 3:30
A2 A-Yo 3:27
A3 Joanne 3:16
B1 John Wayne 2:54
B2 Dancin' In Circles 3:27
B3 Perfect Illusion 3:02
B4 Million Reasons 3:25
C1 Sinner's Prayer 3:43
C2 Come To Mama 4:15
C3 Hey Girl 4:15
D1 Angel Down 3:49
D2 Grigio Girls 3:00
D3 Just Another Day 2:58
D4 Angel Down (Work Tape) 2:20
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Interscope Records
Copyright (c) – Interscope Records
Manufactured By – Universal Music Distribution
Distributed By – Universal Music Distribution
Exclusive Retailer – Urban Outfitters
A&R – John Janick
Coordinator [Production Coordination] – Lisa Einhorn-Gilder
Creative Director – Andrea Gelardin, Brandon Maxwell, Lady Gaga, Ruth Hogben
Design [Graphic Design] – An Yen, Brian Roettinger
Executive-Producer – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson
Management – Bobby Campbell (2)
Mastered By – Randy Merrill, Tom Coyne
Other [Assistant To Lady Gaga] – Ashley Gutierrez
Other [Fasion Direction] – Brandon Maxwell
Other [Hair] – Frederic Aspiras
Other [Makeup] – Sarah Tanno
Other [Styling] – Sandra Amador
Other [Vocal Instruction] – Don Lawrence
Photography By – Andrea Gelardin, Collier Schorr, Florence Welch, Lady Gaga, Ruth Hogben
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Scanned): 602557205152
Barcode (Printed): 6 02557 20515 2
( medium .com) "
Even if Lady Gaga explores new genres on Joanne, the essence of her music is still there. In other words, there are still irresistable pop hooks that you cannot help but sing along to. The lead single “Perfect Illusion” is a good example for this. So is the funky, celebratory promo single “A-Yo”.
Irrespective of catchiness, Gaga’s voice simply fits rock and country influenced tracks perfectly. We already learned that when she released “Yoü And I”, which — by the way — remains her best song.
Strong hooks, impressive vocals, and the occasional outstanding lyric make Joanne a good album. But there’s a difference between good and amazing. Besides, some tracks do fall flat (“Million Reasons”, “Hey Girl”). Moreover, Gaga has a tendency to try a little too hard to sound very edgy and rock’n’rolly.
So, what is it that transforms Joanne from a good album into an amazing one? The answer is quite simple: Joanne tells stories. And that is precisely why it may be able to bring about a much needed change in the music industry.
All these DJs may be talented composers, but hardly any of them are songwriters. Indeed, the kind of club-oriented music they make has no need for thoughtful lyrics. And so its celebrated creators focus on beats, not stories. They either cover or sample the simplest age-old songs they can find or write equally simple lovesongs with one cringeworthy line after another.
Sure, this is a generalisation. In fact, some Avicii songs have fantastic lyrics. And sure, the DJs are not the only culprits. Indeed, the charts had already featured too few lyrical masterpieces before the age of the DJs began. But now that they’ve taken over, they’ve sounded the death knell for storytelling in the charts.
Introducing: Lady Gaga The Storyteller
Back to Lady Gaga, who just dropped Joanne into this DJ-dominated music landscape. Stefani Germanotta has shown flashes of promising storytelling before, for instance on “Yoü And I” and “Dance In The Dark”. But it is with her new album that she shifts her focus from writing catchy dancesongs to sharing compelling tales.
“Perfect Illusion” may be rather simple lyrically, and “Million Reasons” may be one of the repetitive lovesongs we’ve already heard too many of. If you listen to other album tracks, however, you’ll find yourself catapulted into the past and glimpsing into the lives of various characters.
These include Gaga’s deceased aunt Joanne. She is the addressee of the album’s country-influenced title track, which details her death and Gaga’s reaction to it. Meanwhile, the opening track “Diamond Heart” is about the singer’s past as a go-go dancer (“better get a good look baby, ’cause soon I’m breaking out of here.”)
“Come To Mama” features references to the Bible and addresses the waves of hatred and violence that are threatening to drown the world at the moment. “Dude in a labcoat and a man of God fought over prisms and a fourty-day flood,” Gaga sings on the second verse. Then on the chorus she concludes that “there’s gonna be no future if we don’t figure this out.”
The dark ballad “Angel Down” tells the story of Trayvon Martin, the African American high school student that was killed in 2012. “Shots were fired on the street by the church where we used to meet. Angel down — but the people just stood around.”
Finally, there’s “Grigio Girls”, one of the tracks only available on the deluxe version of Joanne. Possibly the best song on the record, the midtempo countrysong is melancholic and empowering at the same time."