Lady Gaga's New Single Sounds Like...
...Madonna, say many, but critics still mostly impressed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2011 10:09 AM CST
Lady Gaga is shown in a promo for "Born This Way."   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Lady Gaga’s new single is here (click here to listen), and, shockingly, the Guardian notes, the throngs of people freaking out over it has not yet broken the Internet. Early reactions:

  • It sounds "a lot like Madonna’s 'Express Yourself,'" writes Michael Cragg for the Guardian. “So much so that those two words are currently trending on Twitter.” The spoken-word parts definitely hearken back to the Material Girl, but ultimately Cragg deems the song less a copycat, more “a knowing nod and a cute wink.” And while it might be “ridiculously camp ... one suspects it will probably shift a few copies.”
  • The Sun is slightly less forgiving, concurring with many Twitter users that the song “bears more than a passing resemblance” to Madonna’s 1989 track. The newspaper notes that one Twitter user even claims, “you can literally sing the original over this one.”

  • Nitsuh Abebe went into his first listen of the track completely prepared to analyze its deeper meaning, especially in regards to the gay community, but was soon overwhelmed by the fact that the song is “bonkers mecha-disco,” he writes in New York. “The song’s so disco that the line about people being ‘Orient-made’ barely even registers, because it sounds like something nobody would have thought twice about saying in 1978.”
  • The Huffington Post notes that some believe this will become “a legendary anthem.” One of those people is Elton John, who told Rolling Stone he believes “Born This Way” will “obliterate 'I Will Survive.' I can't think of how huge it's going to be."
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