The 8 Best Songs on Lady Gaga's 'Joanne'

Lady Gaga has revealed Tony Bennett played a key role in restoring her faith in the music industry.

Opener "Diamond Heart" begins with a preview of the vocal prowess Gaga highlights throughout the record. Songs like "Perfect Illusion" and "A-Yo" resemble 2009, "Poker Face" Gaga, while the title track "Joanne" and power ballad "Angle Down" are more subdued, delicate, and possibly an overcompensation for ArtPop. I don't mean to disrespect Madonna. she's a nice lady.

"It's not like that", she said. Because we know Gaga has the range and the wherewithal to craft a persona-and this one does demonstrate her impressive ability to expand on a theme until it fills a complete, cohesive character-but is it just that?

"LOOK who showed up to watch me perform!"

"Can I just hang off the back of your horse, and can you go a little FASTER?"

"I hate to sound like a hippie but I kind of am one and so is he", she explains.

The result is more emotional tracks compared to past hits, ranging in topics from her love life to her friend's battle with cancer (the bonus track "Grigio Girls") to her aunt Joanne, who died from lupus before Gaga was born (Joanne is also Gaga's middle name).

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And if you don't like it, you know where the exit is.

Besides dipping into country, Gaga also exposes listeners to her talent for creating up-tempo piano songs, a skill that mostly went under the radar in her previous EDM.

That's right, since signing with new management after her 2013 album Artpop, Gaga has been dressing down in an effort to emphasise her singing ability.

The beauty of "Joanne" is found in how Lady Gaga hops among the genres, but Ronson and co-producer BloodPop are still able to effortlessly bring it all together.

She finds this different sound again in the seventh and 11th song off the album: "Million Reasons" and "Angel Down". Unlike her loyal Little Monsters, Gaga occupies a specific musical space to most of the world.

During a glue-free day, she told the Daily Star: "I am not glued today, but I was glued at SNL. On "Dancin" in Cirlces", she invites Beck to help her push a cheeky metaphor of self-pleasure to its breaking point, reinforced by hip-hop tones that feel wholly out of place on a record that is much more Wild West than dance floor.

This year has been full of weird and edgy ways to promote albums (we're STILL reeling from Beyonce's surprise drop of Lemonade...), but Lady Gaga's tactic is perhaps the most novel. She sings that she has become resilient enough, thanks to her strong-armed father - "A cruel king made me tough/Daddy's girl, never good enough".

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