Skip to main content


'Gypsy' Is Easily Lady Gaga's Best Track from 'ARTPOP'

This past weekend was certainly a "pop emergency" for Mother Monster as her fourth studio album, the highly anticipated ARTPOP, leaked all over the interwebs (like that can of green paint that spilled all over the hatchback of my Prius three years ago). The culprit? According to Gaga's angry tweets, it was those sneaky pirates in...Japan.

While the album is the supersonic pop experience we all expected, there's one track that shines bright and stands out: "Gypsy." Starting out as what sounds like a piano ballad with some beautifully evocative lyrics, the song soars into an anthemic chorus custom-made for dance floors around the globe: "I don't wanna be alone forever, but I can be tonight..."

The title refers to the lifestyle the pop icon has adopted, hopping from country to country, longing to have someone accompany her on her lonely journey. It even includes a background chant that lists all of the places she's visited (places like Malaysia, Sweden, and Norway get shout-outs). It's inspiring, it's empowering...

It's basically this era's "The Edge of Glory."

And if it isn't the next single, then Gaga has a lot of explaining to do.


@TheFirstEcho

Comments

Anonymous said…
I must thank yyou for the efforts you have put in penning this website.
I'm hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well.
In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very
own site now ;)

Here is my webpage ... read this wartrol reviews short article [http://wartroltreatmentreviews.com/]
Jenn said…
Isn't "The Edge of Glory" from this era? How can a song from 2 years ago be from a new era?

You know I love your posts, but didn't you just post the other day about how you need to stop comparing younger actresses to not-as-young-actresses? ;)
Hiko Mitsuzuka said…
Yes, Jenn, but "era" usually refers to the time between the release of a pop star's album and the release of her next one. Has nothing to do with age. As in, "Edge of Glory" is from the Born This Way era. Sorry for any confusion.

Popular posts from this blog

The Class of '98 Turns 40

We are the Class of '98.

We're a little too old to be Millennials, yet too young to be GenXers. As of now, half of our lives has lived in one century while the other half lives and moves forward in another.

For us, Cabbage Patch Dolls were the 80s, Tamagotchi was the 90s, and Napster was the dawn of the 00s. We grew up with cassette tapes and Saturday morning cartoons. We came of age with CGI dinosaurs and the rise of the Frappucino. And we approach middle age with memes, reboots, and viral videos all designed to distract us from middle age.

We were too young to fully understand the words "Challenger explosion." We were too young to appreciate the fall of the Berlin Wall. But by the time places like Waco, Oklahoma City, and Littleton pinged on everyone's radar, we started to grasp how scary the world could be.

Our adolescence was defined by jagged little pills, prescriptions from Dr. Dre, and the fact that some of us were naughty by nature. We learned that nirva…


13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 'The Golden Girls'

When one nostalgically binges on all seven seasons of The Golden Girls like me (I swear I have a life), you pick up on a few things. Certain patterns appear as you continuously witness the consumption of countless cheesecakes inside a fictitious Miami kitchen and hear one St. Olaf story too many.

Here's what I noticed after playing my DVDs of this 80s classic over the past several months (and if you're already familiar with the following factoids, excuse me for underestimating your fanaticism)...

1. Actor Harold Gould, who played Rose's long-term boyfriend Miles Webber from Season 5 to Season 7 (and throughout most of the short-lived spinoff, The Golden Palace), also appears in the first season as Arnie Peterson, Rose's first serious beau after her husband's death.

2. The same can be said for Sid Melton, who played Sophia's deceased husband Sal (in flashbacks and dream sequences). He also appears in a Season 6 episode as a jester in a medieval-themed restauran…

Just Because: 9 Music Videos That Take Place in Laundromats

It's one of the biggest music video tropes that's rarely explored in pop culture.

The public laundromat has become a go-to location for artists when making a music video for a single they wish to sell to the masses.

But WHAT IS IT about a space where ragtag groups of strangers gather to fluff and fold their delicates? Is it the obvious metaphor of dirty versus clean? The scintillating possibility of people stripping off their clothes for a wash?

I was feeling a little nostalgic (as usual) and took a look at some of the vids that have fallen under the spell of spin cycles over the past 30 years...

"EVERY HEARTBEAT" / AMY GRANT (1991)

Back in the early 90s, the Christian pop tart followed up her massively successful "Baby Baby" with "Every Heartbeat," a personal childhood favorite of yours truly (the Body & Soul Mix, of course). In one of the two vignettes featured in the video, a laundry-toting hottie attempts to flirt with a young woman who re…