Giving credit where credit is due, before Britney Spears released Blackout in 2007, most popular music was either rock or RnB influenced. From then onward, it is my belief that many artists followed Britney’s lead in releasing slicker tunes with synthy dance edges (we cannot forget the influence of Myspace music at this time, also).
Point is, there was a lot leading up to Lady Gaga releasing “Just Dance” in 2008, while at the same time she was a pioneer in her field. From then on, for Gaga, it was hit after hit – Paparazzi, Poker Face. The second album. Telephone. Ironically, she was probably most iconic during this stage in her career, while denying to Paris Hilton she was deserving of icon status.
Of course, with the support of her die-hard “Little Monsters” she then did decide she was deserving of icon status and went into what I consider to be a self-serving and forgettable stage of her career. Songs like “Judas” and “Alejandro,” lets not kid ourselves, dated heavily. I already feel like “Born This Way” is 20 years old – not in a good way, either. I don’t even know any songs off “Cheek to Cheek” or “Joanne” – because they didn’t get much radio play.
With all this in mind, I can’t help feeling like her sole motivation in writing and releasing this latest offering “The Cure” is because it is her only way to guarantee she will get radio play – which is as much a comment of the sad state of the music industry nowadays as it is on herself as an artist.
This song is essentially a carbon copy of every song already on the radio at the moment. It is only better than those other songs because it is by Lady Gaga, by the same token it is simultaneously utterly disappointing when compared to the standards she has set with previous releases.
The good: it is a bit of fun for the moment; a throwaway tune. It fits seamlessly into rotation among other songs with virtually identical chord progression, structure and that goddamn tropical house influenced chorus. In this way, a radio listener in their car hearing it for the first time may already instinctively hum along, feeling a bit like – isn’t this something I have heard before?
This song is perfect for: supermarket radio, retail stores, doctor’s waiting rooms, government service agencies. What more can I say.
I rate this: nothing. I have utterly no emotions while listening to this song. After listening to this song, I feel exactly the same as if I had never heard it at all.