Lady Gaga – Joanne (2016)- Album Review

When Lady Gaga came on the scene back in 2008, I thought she was just a 21st Century Madonna.  Boy, was I wrong.  Where Madonna never really grew up in her music, Lady Gaga certainly has.

The album is eclectic in its musical styles, but they all blend nicely together in a very cohesive album.  She definitely has her pop/dance songs such as the first single “Perfect Illusions” to “A Yo” which would fit nicely on any P!nk album.

Lady Gaga rocks out on the coolest song of the album “John Wayne” and has a country-blues tinged song “Sinner’s Prayer”.  Her vocal maturity shows through on the exceptional songs “Joanne”, “Diamond Heart” and the heartbreaking love song “Million Reasons”.

One of the highlights is the song “Angel Down” that was inspired by Trayvon Martin. It is a very moving and sad song.  The only misstep I found was “Hey Girl’ with Florence Welch.  It is the one song I found flat musically and not very interesting.

For the album, she worked with Mark Ronson, Beck & Josh Homme (eclectic group) who helped her craft a well-rounded, sensational album.  I can now say I am officially a fan.

10 keepers out 11 songs – 91% (4.5 out 5 stars).


NOTE:  This is my first 200 word album review which was inspired by a challenge by Mike Ladano from way back in August. I am a little slow getting around to it.  Click on his name and check out his site.  It has tons of reviews and some awesome stories.

32 thoughts on “Lady Gaga – Joanne (2016)- Album Review

  1. Nice post. Am wondering if she was referring to her recent broken engagment in ‘perfect illusion’? I hope she is not turning into Taylor Swift…

    Will have to check out her song with Florence. Really really like Florence…have even blogged about her. Cheers.

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  2. I’m not a fan of Gaga, but I have been very intrigued by this one. Not quite sure why. Very striking album cover… maybe it’s that.

    I’ll give it a bash and see how I get on!

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  3. Hi! Nice review, I really enjoy your writing style. I’ve never really delved into Gaga’s music before, i’ve only ever been aware of her singles, but from what i’ve heard her songs are great. I like how she can adapt into different styles with ease. I’ve just set up my own reviews blog, check it out if you have time!

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  4. I love this in-depth review. I connected with 9 or 10 of the songs on Joanne in my first listen…which is a high amount for me. My absolute favorite is Grigio Girls…I could leave that one on continuous loop all day 🙂

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  5. I’ve never really listened to Lady Gaga before apart from when she’s shoved down my throat by the radio but I have read a couple reviews today of her latest release that has made me curious. I am listening to it now and am rather surprised.

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