Stream the New Album From Lady Gaga

Slate's Culture Blog
Nov. 5 2013 3:51 PM

Stream the New Album From Lady Gaga

132190453
Stream Lady Gaga's new album one week early.

Photo by MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images

Lady Gaga has already shared Artpop singles “Applause” and “Do What U Want,” and now you can stream the whole album now, one week early, through iTunes Radio.

As “Applause” suggested, Artpop finds Gaga leaving behind the Springsteen- and Americana-inflected pop-rock anthems she brought to Born This Way, to return to the electronic dance music that made Gaga Fame-ous. But “Do What U Want,” Gaga’s collaboration with R. Kelly, also suggested an important development on Artpop: She no longer wants you to just dance. She wants you to take her music home to the bedroom.

This is true of the album’s first half in particular. On opener “Aura,” she asks, “Do you wanna see me naked, lover?” On “G.U.Y.” she suggests that you  “lay back … as this audio guides you through new and exciting positions.” The fourth track, “Sexxx Dreams,” requires no explanation.

The rest is a mix of familiar Gaga territory and a few surprises. There are a couple Born This Way-style ballads toward the end, and songs like “G.U.Y.” find her doing the gender-bending that is her signature. (“G.U.Y.” stands for “girl under you.”) As for the surprises, “Jewels N’ Drugs” finds Gaga venturing into hip-hop with T.I., Too $hort, and Twista, though (as the title suggests) she seems to demonstrate a shallow understanding of the genre. At times the album also veers closer to dubstep than ever. “Aura” sounds like it could have been produced by Skrillex—call it Lady Wubwub. But fans can rest assured that Artpop has the one thing they can always expect: infectious, towering choruses.

Tracklist:
1. “Aura”
2. “Venus”
3. “G.U.Y.”
4. “Sexxx Dreams”
5. “Jewels N' Drugs (Ft. T.I., Too $hort, Twista)”
6. “MANiCURE”
7. “Do What U Want Ft. R. Kelly”
8. “ARTPOP”
9. “Swine”
10. “Donatella”
11. “Fashion!”
12. “Mary Jane Holland”
13. “Dope”
14. “Gypsy”
15. “Applause”

Advertisement

Artpop is out Nov. 11.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Sports Nut

Grandmaster Clash

One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

Do the Celebrities Whose Nude Photos Were Stolen Have a Case Against Apple?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

Future Tense

Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company

Food

How to Order Chinese Food

First, stop thinking of it as “Chinese food.”

Scotland Is Inspiring Secessionists Across America

The Country Where Women Aren’t Allowed to Work Once They’re 36 Weeks’ Pregnant

The XX Factor
Sept. 18 2014 11:40 AM The Country Where Women Aren’t Allowed to Work Once They’re 36 Weeks’ Pregnant
Moneybox
Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
The World
Sept. 18 2014 1:34 PM Americans Fault Obama for Giving Them Exactly the Anti-ISIS Strategy They Want
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 18 2014 2:18 PM The NFL Is Not a Nonprofit So why does it get to act like one?
  Life
Doonan
Sept. 18 2014 2:00 PM On the Death of My Homophobic Dog I named him Liberace, but I couldn’t have chosen a less appropriate namesake for this coarse, emotionally withholding Norwich terrier.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 18 2014 12:03 PM The NFL Opines on “the Role of the Female”
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Everyday That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 2:03 PM Ryan Adams’ New Song Is a Reminder That He’s One of His Generation’s Best Songwriters
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 1:24 PM Can the Celebrities Whose Photos Were Stolen Really Sue Apple? It may be harder to prove “harm” than it seems.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 18 2014 7:30 AM Red and Green Ghosts Haunt the Stormy Night
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.