ARTPOP Review: MANiCURE
Gaga often speaks of her love for rock and metal music, but it’s presence in her music has arguably been minimal. When it does creep up, however, it’s always unforgettable – see the chugging riffs underlining ‘Electric Chapel’ – so it’s nice to see soaring guitars take occasional prominence on the understandably poptastic new record. Embodying the essence of rock, the live edit really did kick much harder than the glistening pristine production that the studio offers but I have a strong belief that ‘MANiCURE’ is another Gaga song that, alike ‘Bad Romance’ will transcend it’s target audience.
The live performance of ‘MANiCURE’ sandwiched Gaga between two worlds – her pop sensibilities naturally reign supreme and always will, but in letting that guitar solo loose she caters to those credible fans that often comment ‘I don’t like pop but Gaga is alright’. It is a song that, should it be given a single release, will have people’s ears pricking up and taking notice, whatever their opinions on Lady Gaga. ‘MANiCURE’ is the ideal combination of quirky and accessible. Causal fans and radio junkies will feel a little off the wall for liking it and Gaga fans will certainly not be let down by it’s kooky chorus. The Scandinavian vibes burst out from the background, declaring a ‘MAN CURE’ and pretty soon, like it or not, you’ll be chanting along. Addictive is an understatement.
Words: Simon McMurdo