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'Joanne' User Reviews Megathread

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1. Diamond Heart: A really good song that reminds me of a rock-influenced musical. Definitely single potential. 8/10

2. A-YO: A very interesting, amazing song. I love the fusion of various genres and how much of a bop it is! 9/10

3. Joanne: I live for how raw this song's verses are, yet how powerful the chorus is. Gives me chills. Beautiful. 9/10

4. John Wayne: My favorite uptempo song on this album. The intro is quirky and the beat is amazing and groovy. 9/10

5. Dancin' in Circles: The spoken vocals are everything. The production is nice. So catchy and has the most classic Gaga feel to it. 8/10

6. Perfect Illusion: Possibly the most underrated song in Gaga's entire discography. One of her best singles in my opinion. The production is everything and the song is just amazing as a whole. 9/10

7. Million Reasons: An amazing ballad that deserves to smash. The harmonies are perfect. Very enjoyable and truly showcases her voice. 9/10

8. Sinner's Prayer: This song has become one of my favorites and this is coming from a non-country fan. Though the song has obvious country influence, it's more than that. It's a well written track with a killer baseline and overall relaxed vibe to it that I adore. 9/10

9. Come to Mama: The cutest song on the album. I love the 50s vibes this song delivers and the brass section towards the end is phenomenal. 9/10

10. Hey Girl: Another extremely underrated JAM. I love the trade off between her and the beloved Florence. Their voices sound so perfect together and this song is a girl power anthem. 9/10

11. Angel Down: The best song on the album. The production is incredible and definitely shows a resemblance to some of Lana's earlier work. The meaning gets to me and I'm so glad Gaga made a song discussing such an important topic. 10/10

12. Grigio Girls: A cute song. I like the meaning and the production with the "record player sound". 8/10

13. Just Another Day: I love the production of this one. It definitely gives a Beatles/Bowie vibe. The "ladies and gentlemen" parts are a bit cheesy but it's overall a very enjoyable song. 9/10

OVERALL: 88/100

This album is definitely her best LP and ties with the The Fame Monster as her best work thus far. There's no fillers and each song has a life of its own. My ratings will probably change as I listen more as I tend to have new favorites every week, but these are my thoughts at the moment.

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Over a month removed from my first listen, here is an updated review. 

1. Diamond Heart: Good opener, not quite sure it has single potential but it opens the album with a nice rock-y punch. The way the end transitions into A-Yo is fabulous. 7/10

2. A-Yo: A really ****in' fun song. Not sure I'm that impressed with it lyrically, the chorus is a bit of a swing and miss. Like the whole "I can't wait to smoke them all/ whole pack like Marlboro"... great lyric. Actual chorus? Just ok. But the beat saves it. (Strike 1 for Hillary Lindsey) 8/10

3. Joanne: It seemed raw at first. Doesn't feel very raw or interesting at second, third, fourth listen. It's very pretty, but you have to want to be emotional to feel emotional while listening to it. 6/10

4. John Wayne: OHMYGOD. Gets better with each listen, especially over a really loud stereo. Love the whole electro-rock vibe. It's a less cluster****-y Mary Jane Holland. Love it. However, it's short and the chorus is lazy, which is why it would never smash as a single. 8.5/10

5. Dancin' In Circles: Sexy, nice beat. Way too on the nose as far as being a song about masturbation. It feels like a cheap shot. Her sultry spoken parts hit pretty well with the beat, though. 7/10

6. Perfect Illusion: I was so annoyed that this was a single when I first listened to the album and the snippets. After hearing the album though, I saw the purpose for the songs existence. Now, while I'm not sure it should've been the lead, I think the song does make sense as a single. I LOVE the energy, I LOVE the instrumental. However, it's lyrically simple and her voice overpowers the production. 8/10

7. Million Reasons: I like it following Perfect Illusion and prefacing Sinner's Prayer. I hate just about everything else. This song is pure filler and it has been packaged as a single. Un. Real. The lyrics are so bad!!! Like, ****. 6/10

8. Sinner's Prayer: Her best "country" song on the album. It's almost a little haunting with the guitar and the way the song opens. I love the lyrics, I love the whole Kanye-West-Fade-Guitar-Riff. Awesome song. 8/10

9. Come To Mama: HERE IT IS!! THIS IS IT!! SHE DID IT!! Best song on the album by far. Are her lyrics at times a little grandiose? Yes. Do I resent every change she made to the lyrics in Father John Misty's version? Mostly, but I also think he sings a cynical song better and she sings a warm, rallying anthem better. Can't help but think of Amy! 9/10

10. Hey Girl: I was underwhelmed at first. The whole psychedelic element grew on me. But I'm back to bored. I like the whole "Help me hold my hair back...Like we're both seventeen again" sequence, but otherwise it's a drab song. 6/10

11. Angel Down: Haunting. Cool production elements at the end. Lyrically it is trying way too hard. Hm. 6.5/10

12. Grigio Girls: STRIKE THREE HILLARY LINDSEY YOU ARE OUT!!! I mean, just trash. And I was so excited by the name! Just the cheesiest of the cheese, "It's a fired up world" ??? What the ****. 5.5/10

13. Just Another Day: Ok. Ok. I can do this. I love the chorus. I love the message. It's so pleasant, cheesy at times. But it seems self aware, maybe? Idk I just like it. It's cute. 7/10 

14. Angel Down (Work Tape): I like this! Shows how beautiful her voice is. Think I like the Mark version better, not sure it's good enough just as a Work Tape. But I like that this one ends quicker lol. Let's call it a tie. 6.5/10

 

I understand why this album hasn't been super well received. It's scattered. At times, the writing isn't great. And other times, it's the best writing in Gaga's career. She takes some risks that pay off huge and some that fall oh-so flat. At first listen, I wanted to believe this was better than Lemonade-- I mean this was THE album. At second listen, I'm not so sure. 

Come To Mama, Sinner's Prayer, John Wayne.. Some of my favorites in her entire catalog. 

While I hate to score it as such, 7.1/10 is my new ranking. 

 

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On 10/27/2016 at 7:27 PM, alushlullaby said:

Finally fell in love with Grigio Girls fully!

top 5 now:

Grigio Girls

Just Another Day

Come To Mama

Dancin' In Circles

Diamond Heart

Grigio Girls is amazing. Loved it at first listen. It's very uplifting and bitter sweet and melancholic and empowering at the same time, but the sound is quite subtle and easy to listen to.

My favorites: Million Reasons, Dancin' In Circles, Diamond Heart, Grigio Girls, Angel Down, Joanne

Dancin' In Circles is gonna have a special place in my heart already because I played it at some special occasions and now the song reminds me of those times. I didn't even do it on purpose, it just kinda "clicked". So now DIC and Venus are my "favorite" Lady Gaga songs. :)

Tbh I went from being extremely disappointed and hating the album to absolutely loving it... I'll write up a quick review/rating at some point. The only song I don't like is Come To Mama. It's cheesy as **** and really noisy and loud. Hey Girl is just alright but I appreciate the lyrics very much.

Edited by christinahoney

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