Hmmm, well, I guess it's not too much of a surprise, given that everyone, their brother, and Gwyneth Paltrow is interested in wooing the country world these days.
Lady Gaga has released a "country" version of her massive hit single celebrating tolerance and acceptance, "Born This Way."
Before I launch into any analysis of Gaga's "Born This Way (The Country Road Version)," which she proudly announced via Twitter on Friday, here is the song for you to listen to first.
My thoughts? Gaga kept the Twittersphere (of which she engages an enormous share) hanging for a long time Thursday night and some of Friday morning waiting for the song. She herself tweeted that she needed a glass of wine eight minutes before launch, suggesting a momentous occasion. So...?
The tune sounds fine. The most country element I can discern in it, however, is the addition of some rootsy harmonica and the lyrics "If I want to make it country, baby, that's OK."
I really appreciate the idea of trying to engage the country audience, and I believe Gaga means nothing but respect (she's actually admitted to loving Taylor Swift's music).
However. All I can say is, this is a nice and genuine attempt to put the "D" in Dixie from someone who isn't country at all--and I kind of enjoyed it, myself--but I don't think she's going to win over many country fans.
At least not as many as Gwyneth--who at least undertook intensive study of the country genre before attempting to sing it--did.
My advice to Gaga: Give the song to Kid Rock to cover instead, and let him take a crack at it.
What do you think of Gaga's "country" version of "Born This Way"? Be sure to let me know your thoughts.
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