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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Fans go Gaga over new single despite lukewarm reception from critics

Lady Gaga after co-hosting the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw
Lady Gaga after co-hosting the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw

Lady Gaga's first new solo single in three years, Perfect Illusion, has received mixed reviews from critics - but her fans are impressed.

Produced with Mark Ronson, the single comes after her previous album, Artpop, only produced one big hit track, Applause.

But her new single - which she released on Friday while co-hosting Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 show - has been welcomed by her fans, the star's Little Monsters.

The Poker Face star said that the song was about the illusions created by social media, while the artwork for the video shows a stripped back Gaga, who shot to fame for her eccentric outfits, standing against a sunset and wearing jean shorts.

Fans welcomed the new song on Twitter.

Gabriele Melodia ‏wrote: "I'm listening to Perfect Illusion on loop. And I will not stop."

@DemsMug wrote: "I'm already addicted."

Shane Gallagher wrote: "Think my favourite thing about Perfect Illusion is that she's not pandering to the masses like many others these days. Great 80s dance bop."

@HausOfGeorgie wrote: " The rock vocals in the song is everything. This is what we need in 2016 God finally!"

But there were some who were underwhelmed:

‏@Longtimeladygag wrote: "My head is going to explode. Not in a positive way."

@giuliasock wrote: "I see everyone disappointed with the song.. I mean you gotta wait at least two or three days to like a song.. chill."

Alice Beverton Palmer wrote: "I read in The Song Machine you physiologically cannot like a song until you've heard it three times so keep going".

The Guardian's Richard S. He said the new single was a disappointment:

" Lady Gaga has spent the last three years proving she can sing. But in her quest to overwhelm us with her vocal talent, she's under-delivered with her songwriting," he wrote.

"Pop music exists in the present; you're only as good as your last single. So bring on the next reinvention - the sooner the better."

He added: "The real Perfect Illusion isn't love; it's a blank metaphor her voice tries and fails to imbue with meaning."

The Telegraph's Alice Vincent was more impressed.

"It delights me to write that this is a return to Just Dance-era Gaga: a simple, infectiously catchy slice of floor-filling, stadium-cheering pop," she wrote.

"What's gradually happened since 2008 is that Gaga has allowed her stage school-trained voice to show off.

"On Perfect Illusion it has a rich timbre, a force of emotion that has previously been overshadowed on tracks such as Applause - her last big single - by production. Her vocals hint at Gaga's signature brand of weird, but mostly they just show what many people don't realise: that she's an excellent singer."

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