I had high hopes for this Gaga. I really, really did...
Audio for Applause.
So Applause is the first single off ARTPOP which will drop on November 11. And the track is just... I don't even know which way to go from here. I'm having mixed feelings, and the beat that opens up the song is just not even as good as I expected it to be. Applause is like a grade-B track that offers generic tones and doesn't really offer much. Let's go by it slowly.
Applause starts off with the beat that strings through almost instantly annoyingly that is almost repetitive until she hits a note and just keeps playing through until it hits the chorus. Come on. The lyrics at least are still a good imitation to her past singles, but if we're living in the future with your vast songs such as Born This Way, The Edge of Glory, Marry The Night and even Alejandro, I am not gonna' lie, this song has been underwhelmed and truly so. I know huge monsters have been waiting for this track and most of them might just count on the fact that it's a Gaga song, but nobody can deny if it's a great song. The verses seems to be as if Lady Gaga's doing a David Bowie impersonation? I can't even tell even if she's having fun or taking it a serious stretch too far.
The breaking point doesn't even stop there. The chorus is a complete mess from front to back, but it is the only good song worth listening to on the track. I couldn't even hear the lyrics properly, nor even hear what comes after the song. She goes A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E and goes back and forth through 'Put your hands up/make them touch'. I'm not scratching my head, but I'm really on the fence, if not really just in disbelief. It's not a heavy hitter, as you'd call from Just Dance nor any of the Born This Way album tracks. The Fame was probably the one that you'd recall to be amazing, but if ARTPOP goes the route Applause is going, I might have to reconsider a little bit. It does sound like a different version of LoveGame (maybe worse), but it does do a throwback to The Fame, the album that caught fire and skyrocketed our monster mother to success.
I live for the applause, applause, applause
ORIGINALITY: 7/10 - It's a big question mark over here. The generic tone easily heard like a grapevine.
SOUND: 6/10 - I'm not on this. The chorus is the best thing on the song, other than that, I guess you can really digest.
LYRICS: 6/10 - Gaga's been on her feet in writing (she wrote Just Dance in five minutes), so Applause is great, but it can't really push this track further anymore I suppose.
OVERALL: 19/30 - Applause was what I'd feared going into this track. It didn't fit up to Gaga's vibe, wasn't exactly her type of song, and it just fell flat on instant the moment I pressed play. I'm sorry, but it's mediocre effort Gaga. It will hit number one on iTunes no doubt by her strong followers, but will the song really speak for itself? Until then, let's just give a clap for Gaga's soon-to-arrive album ARTPOP.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.