Lady Gaga: Judas

Posted April 25, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0

Sounds like “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” but pales in comparison to them

Gaga has proven to be the queen of the disco on many occasions. Just in time for Holy Week, Lady Gaga is making another prolific statement by mixing art with religion. In her latest agitation against organized religion, Gaga ruffles up the feathers of conservatives with “Judas,” a titlating bass-throbbing, orb-induced dance number that flows in the same manner of her previous uptempos. Essentially, it is the leftover grit from “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” but it’s also Gaga’s way of taking a 200-year old story revered by millions and injecting it in a modern Romeo and Juliet tale. Clearly, she’s in love with the bad boys (“Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain/Even after three times, he betrays me”). The best line of the RedOne-supported dance cut is when she finally brings up an interesting battle between good and evil: “Jesus is my virtue, but Judas is the demon I cling to.” In the end, Judas wins, in her eyes. It’s not the friendliest pop song Gaga’s concocted, and it has nothing to do with the offensive, tongue-in-cheek jab at Christians. The dance floor will certainly respond positively to the beats, but the lyrics and melody might need a call to repentance. It just isn’t Gaga’s best. Maybe a couple of “Hail Marys” and some communion juice would’ve done the trick.


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J Matthew Cobb

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