Monday, April 20, 2009
lady gaga deconstructed
New Yorker magazine pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones takes a look at dance-pop sensation Lady Gaga for next week's edition. In his piece, he notes that Gaga's rise marks pop's turn away from hip-hop and toward four-on-the-floor dance music:
How not dumb is Lady Gaga? Released exactly one year ago, “Just Dance” was one of the first big records to ride the sea change in pop, away from hip-hop and back toward disco, the music that has been in charge of the charts in Europe for a long time. (One current acknowledgment of this shift is a single by a rapper named Kid Cudi, who is currently jostling with Lady Gaga on the iTunes charts with his song “Day ’n’ Nite,” which re-imagines hip-hop as mumbling over disco rather than yelling over funk.)
In the piece Frere-Jones notes that the kids call her type of music "electro pop" but that he'll stick with disco. That Kid Kudi track, by the way, is actually by Sharam and dropped via the Deep Dish co-founder's new album, Get Wild.