Lady Gaga is back with a brand new album – but what have critics been saying about it?
The Guardian: *** “For the first time, she’s made an album using not much more than the resources that predate her stardom: the big, clear voice and life-as-she-sees-it honesty.”
NME: **** “There is a real raw heart to ‘Joanne’”
Consequence of Sound: “The result is a work that may not close any circles, but instead start the pattern of a new shape: something weird, but compelling, and largely authentic.”
Rolling Stone: *** 1/2 “Joanne is Lady Gaga’s best album in five years, since the disco-stick hair-metal manifesto that was Born This Way.”
Entertainment Weekly: “Joanne is a curious bauble, demonstrating that although Gaga’s power to shock has waned, her artistry continues to evolve in exceptional ways.”
Vulture.com: “Joanne is divisive by dint of its sheer audacity, but so fun when it gels that we should all get over ourselves and let it happen.”
The Telegraph: **** “Lady Gaga, it turns out, is an old-fashioned rock and roll showgirl at heart.”
The Metro: “Joanne is her most cohesive, focused and mature album to date.”
Digital Spy: **** “Joanne is clearly Gaga’s most personal album, popping aside the synthetic personas for something more honest and, well, human.”
All Music.com: *** 1/2 “decidedly earth-bound, a record made by an artist determined to execute only the stunts she knows how to pull off.”
The Financial Times: ** “a well-meant but unconvincing 1960s folk-pop pastiche.”
Pop Matters: “Even if Joanne fails to connect with you emotionally, it’s nonetheless the album that will make fans and observers once again rethink what they know about the daring diva.”
Evening Standard: *** “This could be the point where she wins vanilla America back with a collection of serious, well-crafted songs that contain the DNA of past greats.”
Joanne is available to buy and download from Amazon now.