New album just released today. £9.99 on Amazon and everywhere else.
If 2014’s Tony Bennett collaboration failed to convince fans that present-day Stefani Germanotta is more interesting than the electro-pop auteur they fell for on The Fame Monster, Joanne might just succeed. Certainly, country-pop feels like a more believable fit for Gaga than jazz. Produced by Mark Ronson and Grimes’ pal Bloodpop, and featuring collaborations with Beck, Father John Misty, Florence Welch and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Germanotta’s fifth LP balances an unmistakable whiff of “authenticity” with the truly undeniable pop songwriting for which she was first famed. Ranging from square-dance-ready bops like ‘A-Yo’ to windswept prairie ballads inspired by her grandmother, Joanne is Gaga’s most rewarding reinvention yet, and her most consistent album in years.