July 31, 2012 at 6:26 am #5075
I’m just curious as to what we all want to see in Gaga’s new album. I’m hoping that she would have well-crafted radio friendly songs that are not generic and push the boundaries of music (i.e. the Beatles). I really don’t want Gaga to go backwards to the Fame, but rather for her to forge ahead. I believe that doing something unique, different and pushing the boundaries of pop music can be very commercial and successful at the same time? Thoughts?August 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm #5102
The two biggest things I want from this album in terms of the sound are crisp, clean production (layered synths are great, but I don’t want the production to get quite as cluttered as it often did in Born This Way) and songs that really, I mean REALLY show off Gaga’s voice. I know she probably hesitates to fully belt out her best vocals on an album because then she has to try and match them while dancing live, but I’d like her to really go for it anyway this time. Also, I know this sounds sort of contradictory to what I just said, but I’d also like her to do more fun things with voice manipulation. Image, for example, if Gaga belted out some amazing melody and hit a crazy high note perfectly and then a digitized version of her voice took the note even higher to an impossibly high level. That kind of thing. Anyway, I’m no record producer, but those are some of the things I’ve been dreaming of.August 5, 2012 at 7:44 am #5103
I totally agree. The BTW production was rather messy, sometimes the production sometimes overpowering Gaga’s beautiful voice, and I noticed how the Fame was very clean and uncluttered. I believe that’s why a lot of critics felt listening to BTW was exhausting, b/c of all the big sounds. I just want the production to accentuate and highlight Gaga’s voice. Scott, do we want Gaga to do an Aguilera (Stripped) type album where she hits her highest and lowest notes? I kind of like when Gaga’s songs are within normal range so that everyone can sing her songs. Personally I’d like an acoustic, rock sound to the album. I stan for the Stefani Germanotta band, LOL.
But I totally agree with you. The production is there to support gaga’s voice and the melody.January 13, 2013 at 9:10 am #5451
I was thinking more about ARTPOP and what I would do if I had actual musical talent. I don’t know why more people don’t do this, but the reason why Bach is so amazing is b/c he has 2 melodies going at the same time, and his music NEVER gets old as a result. I mean, I’ve been hearing the Goldberg Variations for decades, and it’s still something I listen to.
Can Gaga not have the 1 melody of her vocals, and the 2nd melody as the production back-up so you can have 2 concurrent melodies at the same time? Even Mozart was not able to do counterpoint, but do we not have computers that can do this for you?
The lyrics would not even have to be good b/c it’s the melodies that will be amazing. I mean, as long as the lyrics aren’t so bad as in “Short Shorts”.January 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm #5452
That’s an interesting idea! I wouldn’t be surprised if she has at least tried it seeing as she says she’s written like 50 songs for the album so far. I just hope we get to hear some of them soon!
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