The Problem With.. Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory"


So. Lady Gaga's anticipated Born This Way came out earlier this week. After giving it a listen, I'd say its like a roller coaster -- one that has Gaga's roaring head from the cover on the bumper.

It's thrilling in some turns, nauseating in others and it gives listeners a real sense of danger.

Thing is, the Born This Way coaster is probably safer than the road you took driving to the amusement park. The danger, you see, is just an illusion.

Let's face it: For a single with the word "edge" in its name, new Gaga single "The Edge of Glory" isn't all that edgy. Actually, this track is more like a Tunnel of Love section of the coaster. Seriously, check out that Google Chrome ad that's using it.

As the first verse starts up, the track takes on a cheerful mood that may remind you of Katy Perry's playful bearing. Actually, it even sounds like Perry's single "Firework." Gaga must have heard Katy's lyric, "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?," and came up with "Psh! I kill plastic bags for my wardrobe. I'm a suffocation hazard, baby!" as a response.

It makes you wonder if Gaga is getting enough air in that brain of hers. Really: How exactly do you "brush the dangerous," softly while feeding it pieces of meat from your hand?

And, honest, the only reason I can think of that justifies anyone constantly yelling "The edge!," as Gaga does in the chorus, is if I were standing on precarious cliff and panicking at a possible fall: "Oh crap! It's the edge! The edge!" That, or if the dude from U2 walked by. Or the WWE wrestler.

Anyway, one lyric especially stands out among the staleness of the track: "Another shot before we kiss the other side." Um, that just sounds really gross. I don't know anyone who would schedule kissing their partner's "other side" with their regular shots at the physician's office, but I guess I need to meet more people.

All in all, "The Edge of Glory" doesn't know whether it wants to be a Tina Turner-like ballad or a dancefloor hit. Mostly, it sounds like the rest of the band ditched Gaga and E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons at the studio and left them to their own unfortunate devices, leaving the producer to just throw a house beat and melody over the top of their creations.

Oh well. It's still better to be on the edge of glory than to be shot down in the blaze of it, I guess.

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35 comments
Vincent
Vincent

You fail miserably at interpreting lyrics. It's so bad I can't even find it amusing. If you're going to say something stupid then at least entertain us with it.

Brianna Campbell
Brianna Campbell

Can I kick you in the vagina? Okay, thanks. 

You need to stfu about Gaga... 

topher
topher

I suggest you try a new trade, you are not good at reviewing music.  I'm not suggesting you praise the song, but at least do your homework before blathering off a bunch of nonsense that shows you did no research whatsoever for your review.  Your bias and laziness as a writer is clearly showing.

Gagaloo7
Gagaloo7

You have absolutely no idea of the concept of the song you moron.

Dokers77
Dokers77

I'm sorry but your review was kind of harsh. This is a more meaningful song of gaga's and if you can't see that then you must be ignorant.

lol
lol

fuck u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so fuking bad u  dont knowgag like me and her fans do!!!!!!!!

Erick Basave
Erick Basave

You really are stupid. The other side isn't referring to anyone's genitals. it's about the last moments in life, and not giving a damn about what happens.

bornthisway
bornthisway

Whoever wrote this article is an idiot. Gaga wasn't trying to write an edgy song when she wrote "Edge of Glory," she was writing a song about what she imagines someone's last moments on earth are like. Her inspiration was her grandfather's death and how it affected her and her family. The song wasn't meant to be edgy, it was meant to be heartfelt. Maybe before the idiot author of this piece decides to bash on a song or a musician they should be a responsible journalist and make sure they have all the facts before hand.

Fredpeters69
Fredpeters69

Where is Gaga now? Seen a celebrity? Tell the world at Celebmapper.com.Take a photo on your phone, Tweet it, Facebook it, send  it to Celebmapper. The the world can see where the stars are hiding! If you can't take a pic, just tell us and we'll create the biggest star map in the world!

Richard Dickson
Richard Dickson

So because a song as the word "edge" in the title, it's supposed to be edgy?  Okay.

Guest
Guest

Anyway, one lyric especially stands out among the staleness of the track: "Another shot before we kiss the other side." Um, that just sounds really gross. I don't know anyone who would schedule kissing their partner's "other side" with their regular shots at the physician's office, but I guess I need to meet more people. Please never breed. If you can't interpet this line correctly i don't think you should even review the song. The lyric is about "taking another shot" before you die. the other side is the afterlife. You are either pretending or you really this dumb.

Evan
Evan

I think riling up folks who would have otherwise never posted here is as funny as the next guy, but this weekly "LOL pop music" article is really getting to be a waste of space.

Hana
Hana

'As the first verse starts up, the track takes on a cheerful mood that may remind you of Katy Perry's playful bearing. Actually, it even sounds like Perry's single "Firework.'

Gaga wrote The Edge Of Glory before Firework even came out. You're very stupid, do research please.

Gigantricks
Gigantricks

I think by SHOT she meant a shot of whiskey. Stefani Germanotta is known to love her shots of whiskey.

Coleman
Coleman

I'm not a huge Lady Gaga fan and a definite hater of bizarro sax solos and wind synths, but this is a terribly stupid article. turning an awesome line like "Another shot before we kiss the other side" into an anilingus joke? It's not a great song or anything, but this review sounds like something snotty little shit in high school would write for his class paper for the express purpose of sounding edgy.

Josh Armen
Josh Armen

This really is an unprofessional and biased review. There is no validity to it and it has no information to back it's opinions.

Emily Frye
Emily Frye

I'm separating myself for a moment from the song's listen-ability (or lack there of) to say that you gave readers a sub-par critique of Gaga's song. I don't particularly love it either, however your criticisms at times felt lazy. Picking apart the literal meanings of portions the lyrics instead of interpreting lines as a whole? C'mon. If you're going to severely criticize this song you should have stuck with the Katy Perry comparison and how it lacks the originality of some of Gaga's previous singles. "Glory" is a formulated anthem that does sound like something we've all heard before, but instead of elaborating on this you focused on what I think was an attempt at humor...you lost me after the Katy comPerryson. 

I encourage you (with mild enthusiasm) to write another review expanding on the first four paragraphs above. It's okay to hate a song--see any track from Creed's My Own Prison album for examples of hate-able songs--but it's not okay to lazily tear a song apart, unless it's a Creed song. You can do that all day long.

MattL1
MattL1

Yeah, this song it pretty terrible. 

Anthony
Anthony

WOW! this person has no idea what the song is really about

Greger
Greger

This is actually the worst review I have ever read.  You completely misconstrued lyrics in the song, and you wrote the article as if you were a pre-teen trying to act cool to your friends.  Completely irrelevant review of this song.  I'm not saying the song is my favorite by any means, but if you are going to criticize something, at least have a solid back up to defend your point.

walter
walter

I've seen nothing but mixed reviews and its a pretty shitty album from start to finish. I wouldn't call it worthy of being called a Gaga record, Half of those should be b sides.

BigDdweller
BigDdweller

Wow...you get paid to write this kind of crap?!?  Have you even studied the song or the purpose of the lyrics?  

BornLikeThat
BornLikeThat

hey! this song aint that bad as how u perceived. understand the song and the lyrics will come  altogether in place. its like a jigsaw puzzle. currently, you're on the edge of giving up this puzzle, try harder dude!

Ng Kar Wai
Ng Kar Wai

this song is beautiful and meaningful. gosh why are you hired writing this? i can do a much better job seriously.

Mrfantasticfetus
Mrfantasticfetus

Your an idiot really.....this song is wonderful and nothing like Fireworks. Its a beautiful anthem for her grandfather and tackles those last minutes before we lose a loved one. Your completely ridiculous.

JG
JG

To me it sounds like a rip off of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipe of the Heart."

Tom Budden
Tom Budden

Do you realize how stupid you make yourself sound when you write something like "Your an idiot really, Your completely ridiculous"? Please think carefully before you type, I'm saying this for your benefit. Oh and get real, this song sounds EXACTLY like 'Firework'. Wake up for Christ sake. You obviously struggle to come to terms with the fact that your beloved Lady Gaga is utter turd. A ' wonderful, beautiful anthem'? You should be ashamed of yourself.

Farticus
Farticus

Wait...so you're saying that her grandfather porked her? No wonder she's so screwed up. Well that and the fact she has a penis.

MattL1
MattL1

"Your an idiot really..."

Wow.  I don't even know where to start here.

Matt
Matt

The lyrics: "Another shot before we kiss the other side/We're on the edge of something final we call life tonight/Put on your shade cause I'll be dancing in the flames/It doesn't hurt if everybody knows your name"

The song is about passing on, but before you do, life honors you - flashing in tribute to you....

Gigantricks
Gigantricks

Your and idiot? LOL! It's YOU'RE AN IDIOT you IDIOT! Lady GaGa fans have got to be some of the most illiterate people I have ever encountered.

Jaimie
Jaimie

I like that you put your words in capitals to emphasize your point. Almost like you're shouting, no? He also said 'fireworks', 'Its' instead of 'it's' and 'your' instead of 'you're'. If you're going to berate the kid, go for all or nothing. Cute that you pointed out the blazingly obvious though.

MattL1
MattL1

I was quoting the person above. Note the quotation marks.

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