Joanne [Deluxe Edition]

Joanne [Deluxe Edition]

by Lady Gaga

CD(Special Edition)

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Overview

It's difficult not to view Joanne through the prism of Artpop, the 2013 album where Lady Gaga's expanding fame balloon finally popped. Ambitious but muddled, Artpop debuted high but came crashing down to the ground, stalling out after the second single, the R. Kelly duet "Do What U Want." Gaga quickly retreated to the confines of cabaret, cutting a nicely accomplished standards album with Tony Bennett, a move that not only gave her the opportunity to work with a legend, but signaled that she considered Artpop a step too far: The camp of Cheek to Cheek was elegant, not garish, an acknowledgment that she was once again back in control of her joke. It set the stage for Joanne, a clever streamlining of the Lady Gaga persona that functions as the opposite of Artpop. All the excesses are excised while the eccentricities are used as accents on songs that are usually well-rendered pop. A few numbers take a passing glance at country music -- the title "Joanne" winks at Dolly Parton's "Jolene"; in a different arrangement, the ballad "Million Reasons" could be an adult contemporary crossover from Faith Hill or Shania Twain -- but Gaga's feet remain firmly planted in dance-pop even when she brings in Father John Misty, Beck, Florence Welch, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age for collaborations. Homme co-wrote "Diamond Heart" and "John Wayne," two of the harder disco songs here, while Misty assists on the steady rolling "Sinner's Prayer" -- perhaps the best fusion of country and pop here -- and "Come to Mama," a buoyant throwback to Motown that finds a companion on the Welch duet "Hey Girl," an analog slow jam that floats in the shimmer light. These, plus the riotous "A-Yo" and the masturbation ode "Dancin' in Circles," don't necessarily find comfortable companions in the ballads peppered throughout the album, but executive producer Mark Ronson helps polish Joanne so it flows easily, which is its appeal. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks: "Grigio Girls," "Angel Down (Work Tape)," and "Just Another Day."]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2016
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602557186444
catalogNumber: 002580102
Rank: 19058

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lady Gaga   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals
Josh Homme   Guitar,Drums,Slide Guitar
Kevin Parker   Synthesizer,Guitar,Drums
Sean Lennon   Slide Guitar
Victor Axelrod   Synthesizer,Piano
Cochemea Gastelum   Tenor Saxophone
Brian Newman   Trumpet
Anthony Rossomando   Guitar
Harper Simon   Guitar
Mark Ronson   Bass,Guitar,Strings,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Mellotron
Ian Hendrickson-Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Hillary Lindsey   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ken Lewis   Drums
James King   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Brent Kolatalo   Drums
Jeff Bhasker   Synthesizer
Matt Helders   Drums
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Leon Michels   Mellotron
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar
RedOne   Guitar
Josh Tillman   Drums
Tom Moth   Harp
Emile Haynie   Synthesizer,Drums
Este Haim   Percussion
Steve Kortyka   Saxophone
Nicholas Movshon   Bass
Kelsey Lu   Cello
BloodPop   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Rhythm
Jack Byrne   Guitar

Technical Credits

Josh Homme   Composer,Producer
Kevin Parker   Composer,Producer
Matthew Cullen   Engineer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Justin Smith   Engineer
Brett Shaw   Engineer
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Roettinger   Graphic Design
Jens Jungkurth   Engineer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Ken Lewis   Engineer
Brent Kolatalo   Engineer
Jeff Bhasker   Producer
Thomas Brenneck   Composer
RedOne   Programming,Producer
Lady Gaga   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Florence + the Machine   Composer
Josh Tillman   Composer
Emile Haynie   Composer,Producer
Nadir Khayat   Composer
David Covell   Engineer
Joshua Blair   Engineer
Beck Hansen   Composer
Trevor Muzzy   Engineer
Benjamin Rice   Engineer
Joe Visciano   Engineer
Riccardo Damian   Engineer
Michael Tucker   Composer
BloodPop   Producer,Rhythm Programming
Yen   Graphic Design
Alekes von Korff   Engineer

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