Lady Gaga’s a classed-up bitch now, with her jazz album and vintage cars. Which is delightful. For anyone who’s conquered the mountain of pop, there’s two ways to go; straight back down into irrelevance and obscurity, or sideways onto a different mountain. It’s called evolving as an artist. Nobody conquered pop more thoroughly than Lady Gaga, and a precarious descent seemed inevitable. Good on her for pursuing other interests and showing herself in a different light. I think she has decades of new permutations ahead of her, and she’s going to go on being fascinating. But even if she doesn’t, if she crashes and burns or fails to display any more levels of talent than she already has, Lil’ Monsters can rest easy that she’ll always be remembered just for having made some of the very finest unadulterated pop music and pop spectacle of her time.


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