Gaga cowrote "The Edge of Glory" with Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow, and recruited E Street Band sax man Clarence Clemons to blow a superfluous solo at the 3:02 mark, which frankly only serves to put us in a "New York State of Mind." But the song's a winner because it's a fastball straight down the plate -- no tricks, no gimmicks, just a heartfelt vocal, an anthemic melody, and enough of a glimmering backbeat to get the room moving. Even its name seems engineered to be nostalgic, simultaneously recalling "Edge of Seventeen," "Glory Days," and "Blaze of Glory."
Compared to glitter grenade "Born This Way" and the manic "Judas," "The Edge of Glory" is a fantastic piece of songwriting that shows off Gaga's fondness for the history of pop. Now the only question is how these pieces fit into the rest of the very bizarre Born This Way puzzle.
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