First Hit #1: January 17, 2009
Lady Gaga is a marketing concept. With her love of crazy dresses and inventive publicity, she is being sold as an avant garde pop artist that is pushing the boundaries of the genre. So it’s actually kind of surprising when her singles show up, since they’re just trendy club bangers. Just Dance could have come from literally any artist of the past ten years. The lyrics are just about partying too hard, nothing new, fresh or clever about that – the charts are littered with songs about partying too hard. It also has a rap verse, because it’s the late 2000s and everyone does rap verses. Composition? Well, it’s ’80s influenced electronic dance music, owing a huge debt to Madonna, it’s hardly anything that hasn’t been done before, better, by other people. Gaga might have a crazy dress and strange eye makeup, but she’s not exactly pushing the boundaries. She’s ensconced safely within them, keeping her music right in the middle of what’s popular while professing to be making some kind of grand artistic statement. For someone who wants to be perceived as cutting edge, she makes some of the safest music you’ll ever hear.