Lady Gaga's powerful voice stars on uneven 'Joanne'

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With Lady Gaga getting ready to release her highly-anticipated album "Joanne" this Friday, she's been slowly teasing the public with a few opening tracks. Named after the aunt she never met, "Joanne" is a song for Joanne Stefani Germanotta, who passed away at the age of 19.

That was not the only tender moment of the night, Gaga even paused to say "I love you Dad" to her father, to whom she dedicated the night's performance.

And now Gaga has honoured Trayvon in her new song, in which she sings "Angel down, angel down/Why do people just stand around?" I can't wait to see where her new era takes us.

"A-Yo", in all its infectious country pop glory, fits right there alongside Joanne's lead single "Perfect Illusion" and the somber "Million Reasons" to help create Lady Gaga's most promising outing so far in her career.

Ronson and Gaga were late joined later by producer Bloodpop to finish the record - the follow-up to 2014's "Artpop" - and Ronson has praised the United States producer, real name Michael Tucker, for making sure the record didn't sound "retro". "This was a lot of my inspiration on the album", said Gaga. "It was really Joanne, and that story of our family, and the toughness that made us who we are, that gave me the strength to go, 'You know, I'm going to live the rest of my life in a way that she couldn't'". "I'm my grandmother's granddaughter", which really emphasises the human element that really shines through on this record.

I'm just a musician period.

The headline of New York Times critic Jon Caramanica's Joanne review said Gaga "fishes for inspiration" on the album.

The album's first single "Perfect Illusion" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and harkens back to the classic Lady Gaga sound more than any other song on the album.

Introducing the song, Grigio Girls, Lady Gaga said that her friend, Dunham, has had a long battle with cancer.

Ronson executively produced the album, which is out on October 21.

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