I Look Fuckin’ Cool by Adore Delano ft. Alaska Thunderfuck
Drag queen club music is turning into a little subgenre and this is a worthy, even if not particularly memorable, addition to it.
Adore Delano has the singing ability (American Idol!), rapping prowess (see RuPaul’s Drag Race), and charisma and humor (again see Drag Race) to really be a drag star. I’m looking forward to more work from her in the future and I think that it can be fiercer and more spectacular than this.
Ariana Grande is quietly emerging as one of the best R&B/pop artists out there. She’s overly slept on by hipper tastemakers because she’s cutesy, wholesome, and came up out of Nickelodeon. But, seriously, Yours Truly was a good album and she has some excellent songs (Right There, The Way, Baby I).
No doubt, her music could still use some maturation. It tends to be a bit innocent and virginal. And, I agree with pitchfork that we could do without the goofy rap interludes sometimes featured on her singles. (Mac Miller almost completely ruins The Way).
The girl has got a lot of talent and is headed in the right stylistic direction.
This is a solid, but disappointingly unremarkable, piece of EDM. Sorry, but I expect much more from Robyn (who I adore) and also more from Royksopp. This isn’t up to the level of The Girl and the Robot.
I feel like I’m one of the few people who really likes Artpop a lot and I’m not just some knee-jerk Gaga fan who loves everything from her. Don’t get me wrong. I loved The Fame/Fame Monster. It’s still one of my favorite albums, period. But, Born This Way was bad. Artpop approaches The Fame level quality. I think it’s that good.
I’m not sure what I think about the video. It has it’s hits and misses. I think it would benefit from some editing, especially by omitting some of the superfluous references (e.g. Michael Jackson, which might really be a reference to Das Racist’s Michael Jackson video). Overall, I think that it hits much more than it misses and, by the end, I thoroughly enjoyed it. When Gaga focuses herself, she’s a tremendous visual artist.
Regardless of what you think about the video, you have to acknowledge that Gaga spent a lot of time and energy in trying to make something special. As a fan, I appreciate that.