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Joanne

Lady Gaga

Joanne

Fifth studio album from the NY pop singer with Mark Ronson executive producer and contributions from Kevin Parker, Father John Misty and Josh Homme

ADM rating[?]

6.4

Label
Polydor
UK Release date
21/10/2016
US Release date
21/10/2016
  1. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    By abandoning the dance club for the dive bar, she may have tossed aside her status as a pop star once and for all. But Gaga has emerged as something better and truer
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  2. 8.0 |   Digital Spy

    Joanne is clearly Gaga's most personal album, popping aside the synthetic personas for something more honest and, well, human
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  3. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    We’ve witnessed a lot of pop queens come and go, but despite some career setbacks, Gaga is intent on sticking around for the long run
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    It’s a simple, warm and vital message from a high-concept pop star who’s reminded us that, if she’s definitely not like the rest of us underneath it all, she’s certainly all human
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  5. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An inconsistent stab at genre promiscuity can’t hide the voice and the heart at the core of Gaga's talents
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  6. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There is so much warmth here, so much that's human, and a lot to love
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  7. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Joanne may not become the multiplatinum blockbuster Bella Donna was, but the record absolutely feels like Gaga is once again on an upward trajectory
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  8. 7.5 |   Beardfood

    Here she dabbles with country and rock and manages to make her own signature style
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  9. 7.4 |   Gig Soup

    She has come to terms with the fact music means more than just a one track, streamlined approach
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    The less is more production suits her, and for a first time we get a real and lasting glimpse of Stefani herself
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  11. 7.0 |   Clash

    Certainly not the all-conquering opus it was intended to be and will prove divisive, but it remains a daring and exciting record
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  12. 7.0 |   All Music

    Where previous Gaga albums were high-wire acts, Joanne is decidedly earth-bound, a record made by an artist determined to execute only the stunts she knows how to pull off
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  13. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Joanne is Lady Gaga's best album in five years
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  14. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Now that her peers have caught up to her visual provocations, Lady Gaga seems less like an audacious pioneer than one among many, and Joanne feels tentative, an affront to the Gaga of yesteryear
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  15. 6.0 |   DIY

    A brave, if not entirely seamless, shift in tone from one of the world’s biggest pop stars
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  16. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    “Joanne”, the song, shows us she can do intimate, acoustic and confessional; Joanne the album suggests she needs more good ideas before it becomes a successful junction in her career
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  17. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    A dearth of memorable melodies makes Joanne's restlessness often feel aimless
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  18. 6.0 |   The Observer

    At its core is a career-extending, creative curio that, even in its weaker moments (Come to Mama is wretched), is never dull
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  19. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Gaga’s greatest achievement is yet to come, and Joanne, flaws and all, feels like the necessary step to get there
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  20. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    While she may have eschewed the outlandish costumes, Gaga has replaced them with a different kind of pretense
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  21. 6.0 |   The Independent

    This Mark Ronson-co-produced effort effectively abandons the electropop dance arrangements of Artpop in favour of more stolidly rockist fare, as if pursuing rock’n’roll authenticity
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  22. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Joanne stumbles a bit, and will be received with bafflement by everyone other than hardcore Little Monsters, but you can’t help admiring her boldness
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  23. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Gaga drops the strangeness for an album that could win her mainstream attention again
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  24. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    This probably isn’t quite the sound of the real Stefani Germanotta, but if you squint hard enough there’s a semblance of a real person in amongst the pop haze
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  25. 6.0 |   Q

    The derailed megastar wisely presses the reset button. Print edition only

  26. 6.0 |   Earbuddy

    The creative juices were definitely flowing for Joanne but not always in a good way
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  27. 4.0 |   NOW

    The pop star ups the country and classic rock influences, and loses her endearing wackiness in the process
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  28. 4.0 |   The FT

    Ballads feature committed singing as the artist dials down her usual excess in a most personal album
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  29. 3.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Just about the worst album released this year
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