Lady Gaga — where’s the beef?
Posted by keithosaunders on February 6, 2010
For the last few months I’ve been hearing a lot about this great pop sensation, Lady Gaga. People have reported how she is the natural continuation of self-invented personas, such as Madonna or Prince. I am sad to report that her music makes Madonna’s sound like Aretha Franklin.
I watched a few videos of her today. It is painfully obvious that she cannot carry a tune and that her voice is predominantly doctored in the studio. What’s the gadget-du jour? Auto-tune. Now that’s a device for our age. No one should ever have to hone a craft. Why learn drums when you can just as easily program a beat. No need to practice boring scales on the piano when your synthesizer can sequence the fastest of runs for you.
The thing about Gaga’s videos is — you barely see her for more than a second before the image changes. Her clothes, a series of loud, leathery outfits, left me cold. There was nothing inherently sexy about them. Not even a hint of cleavage. She could just as easily be a man in a wig.
The pièce de résistance: Even her name is contrived — taken from a Queen song called Radio Gaga. So much for any shred of originality.