By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Juvenile Cinephile On 2016

“Talked about on release, promptly torn apart, and seemingly disposed album of Lady Gaga’s transparent persona swap into country pop, ‘Joanne’ was an album that hit [personal] pleasure sensors. I appreciate belting, which Lady Gaga gives generously, I appreciate kitsch, I appreciate cheese, and I appreciate an artist just going there. Say what you will about Lady Gaga, but she has the gamesmanship and commitment of making a fool while still hitting whatever goal she sought, no matter how weird that goal was. This was the artist that gave us, ‘Venus,’ lest we forget. People’s problem with Lady Gaga is that her movements, turns, and persona swaps are again, so indicating, so transparent, and so seemingly inauthentic. Yet, in all of her work, somebody who is this music school-trained theater kid, postmodern artist hits either a point that is either transcendence or surrender against what we view as her approach, and embraces everything she could possibly be doing.”
~ Juvenile Cinephile On 2016

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