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Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’: Impress or ‘Express’?

Cover of Lady Gaga's upcoming singleWell, today was the day. Lady Gaga released the title track from her forthcoming album “Born This Way,” but sorry y'all, it's a snooze.

I've been joking with my friends since the singer's “Paparazzi” was released to radio. We wondered how she could possibly top the song's irresistible melody and wacky-but-artful video. Then she gave us “Bad Romance,” and every time the first “oohs” hit the speaker, we fell out waiting for our favorite part. And then that video.

Unfortunately, “Born This Way” is a step back.

Lady Gaga has trademarked post-Madonna originality. Britney Spears (whose “Don't Hold it Against Me” video is due for release next week) was a pleasant filler, but Gaga is the only artist who's gotten the world talking about music, sex and fashion the way Madonna did.