The Problem With... Lady Gaga's "You and I"


You know what sucks about waking up late in the morning? Pretty often, the only thing that's on TV is The View. As a dude, this is a bit shameful to admit, but I actually keep the TV on ABC to watch the show. The View, as you know, supposedly offers insight into what women talk about. It's an interesting watch in that regard. 

Take this past Monday's show with Lady Gaga, for example: We got a rich quote by Gaga about hot dogs being jealous of cigarettes and insightful comments about late musicians Amy Winehouse and Clarence Clemons

On the other hand, Gaga played her latest single, "You and I," alone on a piano, backed by recorded instruments.

"You and I" sounds like Gaga's stadium-rock bid to reach her fans in Middle America by singing in a country drawl and bringing up working-class images. 

The first problem is that she singles out a special dude in Nebraska. I bet a few fans in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas feel cheated that their state didn't get a mention. 

The chorus, meanwhile, unreliably transcribes a conversation between Gaga and her Nebraska guy. If Gaga was recalling this in spoken word, it might sound like this: "Yeah, shoog, I heard you. Something, something... this place... me smearing lipstick all over you... Oh yeah, you're from Nebraska"

And girls say guys never listen. 

Another line in the second verse crowds up a couple vehicle metaphors into a confusing image: "Muscle cars drove a truck right through my heart," Gaga sings. Actually, that's not so terrible. Muscle cars driving trucks sounds like a neat idea for a Hot Wheels campaign. 

But, overall, it comes off rather weak -- kind of like that salsa from New York CIty that tried to pass itself off as the real thing in those old Pace Picante ads. Like that sauce, Gaga started writing the track in New York City.  

New York City?!?!?!?!?! 

Well, to be fair, they really do make some mean sauces there. 

But "You and I" just sounds weaksauce.
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8 comments
Laura
Laura

yeah, she's pandering - the track was produced by Mutt Lange, forcryinoutloud.  And Brian May's guitar is a bit drowned out by all the production crap.  However, I like this song, because I like overproduced Mutt Lange nonsense.  AC/DC and Shania FTW!

Carlos
Carlos

It's a beautiful record. The only problem around is this article. It seems lIke it was written by a 17 year old who dislikes Gaga.

Ftbotsb
Ftbotsb

I don't understand how you can release a "single" of a song that's already been released on an album.  My problem with "You and I" is that it's on the same album as "Judas" which I believe are about the same person!  To me, the songs are contradictory and having them on the same album seems wrong.  Maybe it's just my OCD kicking in.

Steve
Steve

It's a sweet song, Springsteen with a strap-on.    At least it's not auto-tuned and written by some American Idol song-machine dipshit.

Smarterthanyou
Smarterthanyou

This article is extremely biased and obviously lacks thorough research. For many of the performances GaGa has replaced the "Nebraska" with other names depending on her location (ie. Australia, America, or the name of a radio or talk show). Also, the article lacks the insight to understand how groundbreaking it is for her to attempt to pull this record off as a mainstream pop hit.

ryan
ryan

how is making a generic country song groundbreaking? that's like saying that lil wayne's "rock" album was groundbreaking because he's a rapper growled over some awful, generic, overproduced guitar chords. . . being a vain, attention whoo-ar who typically makes derivative simplified club music who decides to make one derivative simplified country song does not make you groundbreaking.

MattL1
MattL1

Of course it's biased.  It's an opinion piece written by a music critic.

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