At its core, the album is inspired by the singer's late aunt Joanne Stefani Germanotta, who tragically passed away at 19 years old after suffering complications from Lupus.
She reiterated she did not intend to be "disrespectful in any way" and said she was not a fan of being compared to another artist. "My family came over from Italy, through Ellis Island..." There are times when some songs lack the depth you know she is capable of delivering, especially with the songwriting and producing power she had on hand with Mark Ronson, Bloodpop, Beck and others. She dedicated the song to her friend, Sonja, who's now battling stage four cancer. This is Lady Gaga's first full album release since 2013's Artpop after all, an album that was panned by critics and was her most experimental work to date.
Lady Gaga gave another out-of-the-box after-performance on Thursday night at The Bitter End bar in NY for the promotion of her latest album, "Joanne". I listened to The Fame Monster and Born This Way on repeat, memorized music video choreography, and made my own mother jealous with my devotion to Mother Monster-all things that, for some reason, didn't impress my peers in my all-male Catholic high school. The record has received glowing reviews from fans, including Arrow actor Colton Haynes, who tweeted: "Honestly, @ladygaga 's new album #Joanne is easily my favorite album of the year & I just listened to it".
Gaga's catalog of hits and strong deep cuts continues to grow with each new album.
Lady GaGa insists that she'll never stop singing the songs her fans love, no matter how much her music changes throughout her career.
"[There is an] epidemic of young African Americans being murdered in this country". Lady Gaga still creates dance songs like she's been known for, but while her style may have stole the show before, Gaga's vocals now take center stage.
"They tell me they drive in their cars, and if they hear a siren, there is a paranoia that runs through their body", she continued. This is a tremendous anxiety. "This is something that I care about".
Joanne is out Friday, Oct. 21.