What, Lady Gaga getting naked in a promotional video for some new agey mind and body exercise wasn’t enough for you? FINE. Here’s here new single, rushed to radio following a rash of leaks over the weekend. “Applause” is the first single from Gaga’s forthcoming ARTPOP album, due November 11th.
“Applause” is unfortunately more of the same from Gaga, and could just as easily be a leftover from 2011’s enjoyable but tepid Born This Way. Like that LP, “Applause” is a competent but fairly by-the-numbers dance record, lacking any of the artistic tweaks that made The Fame Monster EP and Gaga’s earlier singles compelling. Whether or not Gaga has run her course musically remains to be seen (heard), but for now, you be the judge. Is “Applause” worth of an ovation, or jeers?