Multiple fans all over the world are triumphing! Lady Gaga has returned! The bodacious singer has presented her new single, the rockin’¬†“Perfect Illusion”.
“I don’t need eyes to see/ I felt you¬†touchin’ me/ High like amphetamine/ Maybe you’re just a dream,” she sings on the song. We can’t help but wonder if it’s about her split with Taylor Kinney, with lyrics like “It wasn’t love/¬†It was a perfect illusion.‚ÄĚ
Lady Gaga talked about her inspiration at the iHeartRadio Music Summit last month. “The song is about modern ecstasy… We found our sweet, simple, ragey way of saying it… I get this sick adrenaline rush every time I hear it”, she said.
Gaga produced “Perfect Illusion” together with with Mark Ronson, Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker and Blood Pop, who’s known for his work with Justin Bieber and Grimes, among others.
The Guardian notices (and perhaps many will agree) that observing Lady Gaga‚Äôs gradual descent towards middlebrow has been rather baffling. Her last solo album, ARTPOP, released in 2013, was more bluster than soul. The few great pop songs were sunk by baffling publicity stunts ‚Äď was it the flying dress? The half-baked iPad app? The cancelled R. Kelly video? The empress had no clothes.
“Perfect Illusion” has become Lady Gaga‚Äôs first release for almost three years. It has made a noise in the world last month reaching the tops of Billboard and Twitter Top Tracks weeks before its arrival.
Judging by the review from the Guardian, the best moment of ‚ÄúPerfect Illusion‚ÄĚ are the pulsing verses, the guitar-and-vocals breakdown before the final chorus.
‚ÄúBut exactly 30 seconds in, the first chorus turns the volume up to 11 and the song never relents. There‚Äôs barely room to breathe, for the singer or the listener. When the song runs out of choruses less than two minutes in, it even resorts to the dreaded truck driver‚Äôs key change. Gaga belts the title over and over like a mantra but it never becomes any more profound. The real Perfect Illusion isn‚Äôt love; it‚Äôs a blank metaphor her voice tries and fails to imbue with meaning.‚ÄĚ
The song reminds of the triumph of a classic disco record. Perhaps, Lady Gaga has failed to reproduce a true disco diva. Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Gloria Gaynor ‚Äď their voices were smooth, not jagged. Gaga sounds so serious, with not even a hint at camp, or a knowing wink to defuse the tension. While disco was all about dancing joyfully through your tears, ‚ÄúPerfect Illusion‚ÄĚ sounds more like heaving sobs, flailing about in search of a melody.