Artpop

 
Pop provocateur's joyless album sends iffy messages.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although Gaga has long claimed her music is some form of social commentary, it's very hard to see where the pop ends and the art begins. Vague references to misogyny and body positivity are lost in a sea of mixed messages. For instance, in one chorus she alternates between saying, "Don't want your jewels / I want your drugs" and "Don't want your money / want your love."

Positive role models

Although Lady Gaga has long been an alleged human rights champion and inspirational figure to many, the songs are very self-centered and hypersexualized, propping up materialism and celebrity as ideals to chase.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The album as a whole is very sexual and seductive, with several songs directly focused on sexual fantasies, including "Sexx Dreams" and "G.U.Y. (Girl Under You)." The guest rappers on "Jewels and Drugs" are particularly vulgar, including a reference to "good p---y in the passenger seat."

Language

 "Jewels and Drugs" includes the words "f--king," "bitch," "ho," and "p---y." Other tracks occasionally include the words "s--t" and "bitch."

Consumerism

It's hard not to see Artpop as a very promaterialism album. There's a song dedicated to design icon Donatella Versace ("Donatella"), which praises the upper class and mentions luxury designer Christian Louboutin, as well as an ode to fashion ("Fashion!"). Guest R. Kelly also mentions go-to tuxedo master Tom Ford.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many of the songs either directly or indirectly refer to Gaga's struggles with addiction (which is supposedly limited to excessive marijuana consumption), particularly the cheeky "Mary Jane Holland," which mentions "magic truffles" (presumably filled with psychedelic mushrooms). There are also mentions of ecstasy, "the green in your blunt," smoking "Marlboro Reds," and drinking Champagne.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lady Gaga's album Artpop is a mildly provocative exercise in hypersexuality and half-hearted feminism. As with her previous records, Gaga seems to be going for shock value or some misguided critique of pop music but inevitably falls into the trap of actually making the type of music she claims to decry. There are seductive dance-floor songs encouraging someone to "do what you want with my body," a track fantasizing about sleeping with a guy's girlfriend, and a crude number about wanting to be the "girl under you." There's profanity, including "f--k" and "p---y" in one song, and lots of promaterialism songs that mention luxury brands. Many of the songs refer to Gaga's struggles with addiction and mention marijuana, other drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.

What's the story?

ARTPOP is the long-awaited third studio album from electro-pop superstar and tabloid queen Lady Gaga. The record features production from such EDM heavyweights as Zedd and Madeon as well as guest appearances from R&B crooner R. Kelly and rappers T.I., Too $hort, and Twista.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Gaga's devoted fans, known as "Little Monsters," may be able to find something to love in this overproduced, trashy dance music, but it'll be hard for everyone else to locate any redeeming value. Some of the music is sort of exciting if you don't really pay attention to the lyrics, but most of the songs come off as loud and obnoxious. Gaga's voice has never been her selling point, but she at least used to stand out. In the years that have passed since her last release, her abrasive electro sound has taken over the mainstream, leaving her sounding out of date or at least generic.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the blurry line between art and pop. What separates music intended as an artistic statement from that constructed for purely commercial purposes? Is there really a distinction?

  • What sort of statement do you think artists like Lady Gaga and M.I.A. are trying to make with their chart-topping dance hits that they claim are social criticism?

  • Is Lady Gaga a superstar because of her talent or because of the image she has cultivated or both?

Music details

Artist:Lady Gaga
Release date:November 6, 2013
Type:Album
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Dance/pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySodaDog November 22, 2013
age 13+
 

Another work of Art from Lady Gaga....Lay off, GSN Hatena & CSM..

This album lives up to everything i hoped for. It's a really good choice for any Lady Gaga fan! It may have sex and profanity, but it isn't THAT inappropiate. You can ever hear that stuff at school!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Written byAnonymous November 19, 2013
age 18+
 

This album is not for kids. 21+ Only if want these sex songs. If you don't want this. Don't get it. I Love it because of Lady GaGa has done it. I would have to say Nothing is Positive. Lady GaGa wants the guy to do something to her body (I say Lady GaGa wants to be Degraded). Rated NC-17/ TV-MA Album.

Lady GaGa's Artpop Review: Sex 8/10: The sex songs in Artpop are 2. Venus, 3. G.U.Y (Girl Under You), 4. Sex*x Dreams, Do what U want (Featuring R. Kelly), and 9. Swine Plus one in 5. Jewels & Drugs. Language 8/10: A Load of it. That's why this CD has the Parental Advisory Sticker on it. Consumerism 8/10: 2 Songs with this is 10. Donatella, & 11. Fashion with a lot more then that. Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking 8/10: Track 5 Jewels & Drugs. There are a lot it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byJWilliams303 November 19, 2013
age 14+
 

Not her best work...and this is coming from a little monster

I am a very big fan of Lady Gaga and have always listened to her ever since her first single "Just Dance". I was very excited for this album to come out and was hoping it would be at least just as great as her last album "Born This Way". When "Applause" came out, I did like the song, but it wasn't really her best work to be honest. Then when the album got released, I was hoping that all the other songs would be better than "Applause" was. The album in general is alright...sadly the album wasn't as great as I was expecting it to be. Don't get me wrong I still like to listen to the songs on the album, but the songs just aren't as catchy like "Bad Romance", or "Poker Face". I'm not saying I hate the album, but I'm not saying that it was worth the wait either. I was hoping for more catchier songs than what is on the album. The songs that really stood out on the abum was "ARTPOP", "Do What U Want", "Mary Jane Holland", "Dope", and "Gypsy". All the other songs are just alright. All in all, I would have to say that this album was ok, but not an album to get very excited about.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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