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  • TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

Another new Gaga song, another new facet of the pop weirdo's aesthetics gone warped and retro-referential. The Lady seems to be pumping us full of singles pretty hard in anticipation of her new LP, each one tackling a different side of her influences. The latest bit, "Hair", is another pump-your-fist, be-yourself anthem, this time focused around the conceit of hair being the end-all signifier of freedom from societal pigeonholing. Add a bunch of compression, more sexy-sax, and a little "Judas"-esque outro from the chorus, and this is easily the most middle-of-the-road, neutered Gaga track to date. "I just want to be me/I just want a lot of friends that invite me to their parties" being so palatable, it's almost Rebecca Black levels of accessibility. Is anyone else worried Gaga is cranking these tracks out so quickly to keep people from thinking about them too much? "Paparazzi" sat on the charts for weeks and weeks before anyone needed to hear anything else. Cue "Hair" a couple of times and I'm already looking forward to the next one.

"Judas" still strikes me as the only Gaga worth knowing on this new record. What happened to the Lady Gaga that was obsessed with herself? I think the Fame Monster is infinitely more interesting than this self-esteem stuff, but maybe that's just me. Perhaps we need the entire Born This Way tome to understand the individual chapters.

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