Has Mother Monster gotten a little off-track? Here's why we think so
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1. Alienating fans by focusing on her fame
Lady Gaga has always been self-referential about her own stardom (a nod to Andy Warhol, who the pop superstar has always pegged as one of her main inspirations) that added another interesting layer to her music - and in some sense actually made her more relatable than ice queens like Madonna, Christina Aguilera or Rihanna. But while the conceit somehow added to her appeal in the past, there's a sense as of late that she's taken it as far it could go, and that fans are now starting to rebel against all the musical egocentrism. Take "Applause," "ARTPOP's" first single that - while it managed to peak at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 - never seemed to catch fire the way Katy Perry's straightforward empowerment anthem "Roar" seemed to, for example. With lines like "If only fame had an I.V., baby could I bear/Being away from you, I found the vein, put it in here," "Applause's" qualities as a catchy pop tune (which it is) have in some ways been overshadowed by the nakedly self-indulgent lyrical content. Going forward, perhaps moving in a more thematically-accessible direction would be wise for Mother Monster.