Lady Gaga's new album Joanne ends up favouring variety over excellence

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Tim De Lisle for Event Magazine

 Lady Gaga                                         Joanne                                 Polydor, out now

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Lady Gaga needs a hit. If you’re only as good as your last album, she is a fallen star – Artpop, from 2013, was a resounding Artflop. 

Luckily for all of us, you’re not only as good as your last anything, you’re as good as the sum of your gifts, which, in Gaga’s case, remain formidable.

Her answer to her wobble is to go back to basics – not her own early triumphs, which lay in pop-rock bangers, but the four foundation stones of the music itself: folk, blues, country and gospel.

`She is a one-woman Eighties revival, borrowing from Men At Work here and Toni Basil…

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