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Lady Gaga


Third album from the all-pervading NY pop singer, the follow-up to 2011's massive-selling Born This Way

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  1. 8.4 |   Billboard

    Her most sonically and lyrically diverse album to date. ARTPOP is imperfect, but so is its creator. It is a complicated album that should be applauded (pun intended) for inspiring interpretation, as well as telling fans that it's also okay to just dance
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  2. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Gaga’s third full-length studio album is no peek, but a full-frontal exhibition of her psyche in all its batshit glory
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  3. 8.0 |   Time Out

    This excellent if slightly sprawling LP reminds us how much Lady Gaga knows about classic hooks, high camp and huge choruses
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    ARTPOP is the true sound of 2013: impossibly busy, overflowing with ideas and in love with the idea of being loved
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  5. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Musically, there’s a lot going on: it’s like wandering drunk around a vast, labyrinthine club, and peering into a disorienting series of darkened rooms in which she tries on various musical genres as if they were hats
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  6. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Artpop isn't the sound of an artist moving forward, but of one scrambling to maintain, if not reclaim, her position among today's pop elite
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  7. 7.0 |   All Music

    The concept is artful and logical, yet ARTPOP never insinuates or settles in the subconscious; it always assaults, determined to make an impression even when all it has to say is that it doesn't have much to say
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  8. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    It's a bizarre album of squelchy disco (plus a handful of forays into R&B) that aspires to link gallery culture and radio heaven, preferring concepts to choruses
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  9. 6.0 |   Clash

    Not a great pop album, then, but certainly the product of a great pop star. And that’s a difference that demands acknowledging more than ever before in Gaga’s case
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  10. 6.0 |   State

    A flawed beast that never quite manages to morph into the bewitching animal it purports to be
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  11. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    ARTPOP is possibly Gaga’s least poppy album to date
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  12. 6.0 |   NME

    A decent pop record - camp, silly, witty, ridiculous
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    The outré queen of pop fails to put her music where her mouth is. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   The List

    There’s a really concise, focused, idiosyncratic pop album somewhere in here, but at 15 songs and an hour long, ARTPOP is not quite it
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  15. 6.0 |   Spin

    She remains singularly compelling and lovable as a celebrity, even if her records don't always match up to her outsized persona. Even at their worst, they only prove that the art is sometimes unworthy of the artist
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  16. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Contradictory, evasive, often infatuated with her over-egged ambiguities, but not quite predictable enough to dismiss yet.
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  17. 6.0 |   The Observer

    It's no instant classic, but neither is it the calamity that some have foreseen, being a typically mixed Gaga outing with some ludicrous highs, questionable digressions
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  18. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Musically, it's pretty much the standard modern electro fare familiar from dozens of contemporaries, from Kylie to Britney
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  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    A decent, if flawed, pop album, its good bits good enough to keep her filling stadiums as big as the gulf between her ideas and her music
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  20. 5.5 |   The Quietus

    It's not Gaga's finest hour. There are moments where she reminds us that she can still do wonderful things, but for the most part, Artpop shows us an artist who is trying to do too much all at once
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  21. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    That refusal to experiment as wildly as she once did reads as fear, and a pop star who’s afraid ends up sounding like the once-weird Lady Gaga does on ARTPOP: boring and normal
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  22. 5.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Artpop is the third album by pop recording artist Lady Gaga. Therefore it has similarities to her previous work but is inherently different because it is a different album. It is 59 minutes and four seconds in length
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  23. 5.0 |   Fact

    A star as big as Gaga can make career dips and still come back with insanely great, game changing, records. Madonna did it, and I hope Gaga does
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  24. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Like most of the mega-level popstars, Gaga has some killer tunes in her repertoire but no classic album
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  25. 4.2 |   A.V. Club

    ARTPOP’s lack of substantial personal connection and its tenuous grasp on reality makes it a tough record to like
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  26. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Both her previous albums have been patchy but fun. This one, despite the presence of a crunk apocalypse, featuring hip hop stars TI, Too Short and Twista, and a Rick Rubin-produced piano ballad, just doesn’t quite get away with it
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  27. 4.0 |   musicOMH

    ARTPOP strikes all the right poses for Lady Gaga’s vociferous fanbase to proclaim it as a work of genius. Taken in a wider context, however, it’s a depressing testament to how moribund pop music is at the moment
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  28. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    Artpop never rises above the level of sideshow curiosity, lost in its own sense of meaning and self-importance
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