Joanne by Lady Gaga (2016)
Gaga’s previous albums are much more glam/dance/pop and Joanne is a refreshingly stripped-down showcase of Gaga’s incredible vocal and musical talents. There is a lot of variety on Joanne – it’s a little bit country, a whole lot of rock, and at times has Latin and Motown influences.
A few of my favorite tracks include: “A-YO” (a party tune that’s just plain fun); “Joanne” (a heartbreaking acoustic ballad written to her late aunt); “Hey Girl” (a funky duet with Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine); “John Wayne” (a crowd-pleasing guitar-heavy anthem); “Just Another Day” (perhaps a tribute to the late David Bowie or the Beatles); and “Million Reasons” (a beautiful catchy ballad that you won’t want to stop playing on repeat). All the songs on this album truly showcase Lady Gaga’s absolutely stunning vocals and her incredible range as an artist.
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