The Problem With... Lady Gaga's "Judas"


Last week, a new Lady Gaga track called "Judas" premiered. And, with it, she released a new, tacky cover image for her upcoming album (see it after the jump).

This week, Lady also pulled a "faux ga" of sorts with Weird Al. The story goes like this: Gaga's manager snubbed his parody of her last single "Born this Way," but Al leaked the track "Perform This Way" yesterday anyway. A few hours later, Gaga broke through her entourage egg and approved Al's satirical play on her track.

So, OK, that's all settled, Gaga replied pretty quickly on the matter, and a better pop culture pundit than I got a chance to shine one more. Good stuff all around.

Enough, even, to make me think that I should lay off getting all Jeremiah on "Judas."

But, c'mon: How could I miss out of an opportunity like this? I can't. For better or worse, I was born this way.

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MS Word's paperclip wasn't around the one time we actually needed it.
So, on to "Judas."

Lets start with the good. "Judas" is an industrial-influenced affair, similar to one of Gaga's better tracks, "Bad Romance." And it's a great beat -- you could probably sample in an angry man counting to four in German or a perpetually bored woman counting to four in French and throw it on here and it'd work fine.

But Gaga doesn't do that here. And, instead, the track's saving grace is also its curse: This sounds too much like "Bad Romance."

It's at its worst in the chorus. Seriously, listen to the way she extends Judas' name out. If you're like me, you probably just went ahead and mentally followed her line " Ohhh, I fell in love with / Juda-ah-ah-ahs, Juda-ah-ah-ahs" with her "Bad Romance" line, "caught in a bad romance."

A step backward? No doubt. As if her crude homages to Madonna weren't bad enough, she's now fallen all the way down to stealing from herself.

And she's getting even more batshit crazy: In an interview with NME, Gaga says that communication with God inspired this track. Um, OK! Was the conversation brief or long? I'm thinking brief. Because, honestly, what's with that fake Caribbean accent she uses in the verses here? Did God gather up all the pop divas and get them to agree that pilfering Rihanna's accent would make themselves sound exotic?

Gaga's just stabbing herself in the back with this one.
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Umm... I think that Gaga is trying to say that we must love those who hate to "bring them down". Only love will bring down the Judas in our lives. People need to listen more closely.

sit & spin
sit & spin

nah, i think she's sayin' you're a fag. just sayin'

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You're one hell of a Judas. Ha. Thanks for proving my point. Love ya.

Kosta
Kosta

FUCK OFF GAGA HATER!!!

Obowers
Obowers

There is nothing unique or creative about Lady Gaga (or as my favorite snark-expert blogger calls her, Lady CaCa). If you have a "creative director" on staff...??? And, in one breath, she claims God delivered the melodies to her, but in the next she admits to using the exact same chord progression and beats that have been pop music for decades. What a shme, especially sine she is si talented. Cut the schtick and the BS, "lady".

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

"So" and "shame". Damn casted arm typing.

Coleman
Coleman

I actually don't mind the eurobeat-inspired chorus, but the rest of the song? waaaaay bad.

Oo
Oo

"it's a great beat" .... something says you're not the 'hippest' guy around.

Caca Lady
Caca Lady

Can't wait for the predictably horrible (horribly predictable) video for this POS song... as in, makes zero sense, idiotic costumes, 500 gays having choreographed orgies, a supposed "message", and of course the goal of trying hard to offend somebody to create more buzz. Yawn.

Rick
Rick

Steal from herself, what a moron! LOL, The song stands on it's on merit. She has some signature sounds, you put both these songs played back to back together and totally different. The problem with the writer and some others is they expect WAAAAY to much from Lady Gaga and rightfully so, she is an artist that has pushed boundaries creatively and musically but not every song it going to be a unique wonder, get over it.

gibberish
gibberish

can't anyone else see that it's really david bowie's latest incarnation??

Will
Will

U idiot she can't steal from herself since this is her type of music!!!! She is amazing!!!!

Oliversheep
Oliversheep

exactly! how can someone get attacked for writing music that you would expect them to write...

gibberish
gibberish

yeah, it's pretty much look in the mirror and see all the ghey that won't wash away time...

Steve Sandwich
Steve Sandwich

This whole album is going to be several notched down from Fame Monster. She's Elvis-ed herself, surrounded only by paycheck-sucking acolytes, and that dipshit "creative director" that has her in motherfucking FLIP FLOPS skanking around in the BTW video. Just show me that gravity-defying ass.

This record will slump, then she'll do an EP or some shit of acoustic piano greatness and tour solo in the round and have her Harvest moment.

gibberish
gibberish

that is fucking funny, i gotta admit..

MattL1
MattL1

It's kind of boring.

hürt alan
hürt alan

Even GaGa (in NME) said that Judas is Bad Romance #7. It's built with the same formula as Bad Romance & Poker Face . . . and in my opinion improves upon both. This track is #1 in my car and sounds ferocious loud!! Her vocal styling in the verses is fantastic, then the Robert Plant wailing, then the chorus that could easliy have been modeled after any of Phil Spector's female acts. I can't stop listening to it. I think the verse & breakdown lyrics are FANTASTIC, the chorus obviously is rhyme 101. But this song rocks hard. This is a WIN in my book.

Aesop777
Aesop777

Honestly, why make a Bad Romance #7 when she can make new, original music? It makes the whole thing seem like she's running out of ideas and is simply recycling what she knows works. The song is much better than Born This Way, but doesn't stand out like her earlier stuff. The fact that it lasted less than a week on the top spot of iTunes and debuted on the Billboard charts at only #10 (after everyone was so sure she'd beat everyone and debut at #1) pretty much shows that the general public isn't liking this song, even if her Little Monsters do.

JBean
JBean

Uh-huh, and GaGa's the first artist to have two very similar tracks.....?

Hell no, but that's good news! It means you have more meaningless crap to write about! Can I have a job? I like to post obnoxious opinions too. =)

MattL1
MattL1

Why would they pay you when you seem perfectly willing to do it for free?

M
M

Gotta do your research, man. Gaga's quote about God sending her the lyrics was said AFTER she was asked about Judas, but she was still talking about Born This Way. You lose all credibility when you can't get simple facts straight.

Tanya
Tanya

Lady Gaga is a try hard who needs to stop making music

M
M

Why would she stop making music? She's making millions and people are buying it like crazy.

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