Lady Gaga – Joanne Album (Zip Download)
For almost a decade, Lady Gaga has been assiduously arguing the case that the external is the internal, that performance is authentic, that flamboyance is ideology. Her career has been predicated on demolishing conventional ideas about what it might mean to play a character — with Gaga, it was never play, always work, and always true.
Though she was focused on the transformative powers of packaging, that some sort of recalibration would come was always likely — Lady Gaga was always simply too focused a singer to be strictly defined by her presentation. At old concerts, when she would sit behind a piano, belting out songs, her future life as a troubadour — a Billy Joel, or even an Elton John — seemed almost etched in stone.