Lady Gaga: Born This Way Album Review

May 31, 2011

Selling over 1 million copies during it's first week, Born This Way is breaking all sorts of records, and is being dubbed as album of the decade. It also became the first album to surpass Britney Spears' first day sales record held by a female artist for "Oops, I did it again", by selling 524k copies (as opposed to Britney's 500k). But do this numbers accurately reflect the quality of the album?
I would say Born This Way is a cohesive album, but each track has it's own unique flavor - from the heartfelt You and I to something as upbeat as Judas, creating an overall beautifully thought out range. What really appeals to me is that every song has a story behind it, it gets a certain message across, and that for me is what makes someone an artist, not just a musician.

Promotion for this album started months in advance when Gaga first sang the chorus for Born This Way, which was quickly remixed into a seven and a half minute song. Everyone who has watched any of her performances knows that when she sings something live it sounds totally different than the studio version of the track, so when Born This Way - the song - was finally released as the first single I was a bit shocked, as it was nothing like I expected it to be (and my expectations were very high). Somehow I feel like it never broke the threshold I wanted it to, seeming a bit superficial.
As for the criticism the song got, I personally don't see the resemblance to Waterfalls or Express Yourself, just how I don't see any resemblances between other songs from the album and other artists. What I do see, is a resemblance with some of Gaga's earlier works, but that's what I would call consistency.



For example the beginning of Judas makes me think of The Fame. And the similarities between Scheisse and Government Hooker are undeniable. Also, Fashion Of His Love (available only on the Special Edition of the album) has some lyrics from one of Gaga's unreleased songs - Then You'd Love Me.
The album's second single, Judas, clicked with me right away. And DJ White Shadow's remix of Judas was the perfect bonus.



Just a few days after the release of Judas, marketing for the album's release was in full force, and included the release of several more tracks from the album as promotional songs. And when Edge of Glory came out everyone fell in love with it. It was somewhat different from Gaga's previous singles. The song was inspired by her grandfather's death. A lot of reviewers named it the most radio-friendly song from the album, and they were right. After getting an amazing response from fans, Edge of Glory became a single. To be quite honest, this, along with Judas are probably my favorite songs.
Other songs that I really enjoyed include: Marry The Night, The Queen and Fashion Of His Love. The last two are bonus tracks from the Special Edition of the album.

Here is my attempt at rating the songs, although I have to say, it was a rather difficult challenge:
(click on the song's title to listen to it)

Judas 5/5
Hair 4/5
Bad Kids 3.5/5
The Queen 4.5/5
You and I 3.5/5

Born This Way Week

May 30, 2011

As you may have noticed, I decided to give my blog a special banner this week, in order to celebrate the release Lady Gaga's new album - Born This Way. For me, Lady Gaga represents one of the best artists of our generation, and she definitely inspires me creatively.
I'll be posting special articles the next few days, so make you come back soon.
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Sunday Stand Outs #12

May 29, 2011

Ready for this week's inspiration post? Check out the cool stuff I found around the web next!


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Weekend Shopping

May 28, 2011

With finals slowly but surely creeping up on me, I just wanted to enjoy probably one of the few free days I've got left. I just wanted to relax and get out of the apartment, so I met Adriana (who you already know) and her sister, Laura (remember?) who happened to be visiting her, and we went to a few stores to shop.
Didn't get much for myself, but Adriana was trying on like half the store. Here are a few shots I took afterwards:


Coca-Cola 125th Anniversary Limited Edition

May 26, 2011

A while ago I was talking about Coca Cola's Daft Punk Bottle, available in France, and I said it would be awesome if such limited edition bottles would be available in Romania as well. Looks like my prayers have been answered, because Coca Cola is celebrating it's 125-year anniversary with limited edition glass bottle designs.
And here are some photos I took:

I remember when Coca-Cola and other sodas were sold only in glass bottles when I was young(er), so I really like this design. What are your thoughts?
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Paintings and Sketches by Silvia Pelissero

May 25, 2011

Silvia Pelissero is a young artist from Rome, Italy. Her work consists mainly of traditional paintings, where she uses different techniques such as acrylic, watercolor or charcoal, the result being nothing less than spectacular.
What really makes Sivia's art stand out is how expressive it is, it really manages to captivate one's attention. Check out some of her work here:


View more of Silvia Pelissero's work on her deviantart account.
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Olivia Palermo for Marie Claire UK June 2011

May 22, 2011

‘When it comes to clothes, I remember every collection I’ve seen over the past 10 years’ 
- Olivia Palermo


Style icon Olivia Palermo covers the June issue of Marie Claire UK, wearing a Proenza Schouler monochrome jacket and yellow tank, along with a Marni floral skirt.
Check out the subscriber's cover along with more photos from the shoot and a behind-the-scenes video here:




Gloomy Weather

May 21, 2011

Finally decided to post a few photos from my last visit in Sibiu, Romania. The weather was really crazy at the time, one minute it would be sunny and the next it would be cloudy.
This was the first time I got to climb up the tower pictured above and see the entire city.

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