Lady Gaga chronology
Born This Way-2011
Born This Way: The Remix-2011
Singles from Born This Way
"Born This Way" Released: February 11, 2011
"Judas" Released: April 15, 2011
"The Edge of Glory" Released: May 9, 2011
"Yoü and I" Released: August 23, 2011
"Marry the Night" Released: November 1, 2011
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|The Guardian||4/5 stars|
|The Independent||3/5 stars|
|Los Angeles Times||(unfavorable)|
|Rolling Stone||4/5 stars|
|Slant Magazine||4/5 stars|
|The Village Voice||(mixed)|
Born This Way received positive reviews from most music critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Born This Way received an average score of 71, based on 33 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Dan Martin of NME gave it an eight out of 10 rating, stating "Lady Gaga doesn't know when to hold back – and it's a damn good thing", and complimented Lady Gaga for pushing musical boundaries to its "ultimate degree." Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine opined: "There's nothing small about Born This Way, and Lady Gaga sings the shit out of every single track." Cinquemani compared Born This Way to The Killers' album Sam's Town, calling it "bloated, self-important, proudly American, an exercise in extraordinary excess." BBC Music called Born This Way a "marvelous record" and commended Lady Gaga for "actually putting a bit of effort and imagination back into pop." Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield praised Lady Gaga's vocals and musical style, expressing that "the more excessive Lady Gaga gets, the more honest she sounds." Bill Lamb of About.com gave Born This Way five out of five stars and concluded in his review, "Born This Way begins and ends with near perfection." Spin felt that "excess is Lady Gaga's riskiest musical gamble, but it's also her greatest weapon, and Born This Way relentlessly bludgeons listeners' pleasure centres”, and concluded that “she's making a convincing case that she's evolving into our most surreally brilliant pop star.” Adam Markovitz of Entertainment Weekly found Born This Way "rewarding but wildly uneven", adding that "If Lady Gaga doesn't find a stand-alone hit here on the order of 'Bad Romance,' Born This Way’s sprawl still shows off the breadth of her talent." Despite criticizing her for "letting her skills as a songwriter slide ever so slightly", Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Born This Way three-and-a-half out of five stars and complimented Lady Gaga's composing "sensibility" and "considerable dexterity at delivering the basics".
However, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune felt that Born This Way was rushed, describing it as "hyperventilating". Kot expressed that it felt like the sound "of a major artist sprinting to please everyone all the time." Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times opined that Lady Gaga was lacking in innovation, stating that "musical adventure is not one of her strong points." He continued: "She’s unsubtle in her message, unsubtle in her dress, and, most important, unsubtle aesthetically[...]. If Lady Gaga had only spent as much time on pushing musical boundaries as she has social ones, Born This Way would have been a lot more successful." Chris Richards of The Washington Post found it "boring", writing, "Yes, Born This Way is a dark, dense and surprisingly aggressive listen... [but] at its worst, it sounds like reheated leftovers from some '80s movie soundtrack." The Boston Globe called Born This Way "the most deflated moment in pop music this year," saying Born This Way lacks cohesion and the songwriting "feels thin." The Independent gave Born This Way three out of five stars. While complimenting her vocal range, criticized the diversity within Born This Way and stated "the broader she spreads her net musically, the less distinctive her art becomes." Evan Sawdey of PopMatters gave Born This Way a five out of 10 rating and dubbed it "her weakest album to date", commenting that it "fus[es] some daring songwriting with some remarkably repetitive themes and beats". Rich Juzwiak of The Village Voice commented that Lady Gaga's "we-shall-overcome sentiment" is expressed more effectively through Born This Way's "egalitarian use of house beats" than through her "sloganeering", which he found "trite" and "[un]insightful". In his consumer guide for MSN Music, critic Robert Christgau viewed Born This Way as not on-par with The Fame or The Fame Monster, but added that "both of those keep growing, and with its mad momentum and nutty thematics, this one could too."