I know I bash Lady Gaga a lot, but was secretly looking forward to her duets album with Tony Bennett. I always thought she had the voice for Jazz. Unfortunately, Gaga just tried to pull a Beyonce surprise with the first single “Anything Goes” and failed in a way she couldn’t even do with ARTPOP–the song sounds like something you would hear in an elevator. Not just a regular elevator, but an elevator IN AN ABORTION CLINIC.
The song starts off okay, with Gaga using different octaves. But it rapidly goes downhill. She soon over-sings and sounds like a sexually repressed alley cat that had just been raped by a mountain lion. What was she thinking? But Gaga’s (surprisingly) poor vocals aren’t the biggest disappointment of the song.
Let’s face it–Tony Bennett is a legend. But legends can’t go on singing forever like they did in their youth. I hate being ageist, because I really have a lot of respect for the man. However, Bennett sounds out of breath and, even worse, bored. Lady Gaga sounds awful, but at least she is trying. Let’s hope the rest of this album isn’t as bad.