In next week's magazine, Nitsuh Abebe reviews Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which he says is "like the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit of pop: a well-worn format, ramped up to messy sensationalism, part bloody earnest drama, part playful ridiculousness, and definitely hoping you will ask out loud whether that last thing really just happened." Also: "Here is the thing about Lady Gaga records, though: They tend to mellow very quickly from the initial sound and fury, revealing themselves as not just 'underpinned' by conventional pop but mostly devoted to it." Read the rest of the review right here.
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