For those that were expecting music along the lines of The Fame, The Fame Monster, or ArtPop will be sorely disappointed. There are no dance songs or any tunes that are overtly pop on this record. The closest one will get to that is the lead single "Perfect Illusion", which fizzled on the charts faster than William Hung trying to sing "I Will Always Love You." That's not to say the song is bad, on the contrary I rather enjoy it. But the truth is that it's no "Applause" or "Poker Face", which is exactly what Gaga is going for with this collection. She said she wanted to get back to her roots, which was performing in dive bars.
Some people have suggested that she should have classified this CD as a country CD. There is certainly some argument for that. "One Million Reasons" would hold up very well as a country single but overall Joanne has more of a rock/indie feel to it. Now we all know that there is no way that Lady Gaga would ever have to go the indie route, but that's the feel of the CD and it's most welcomed. The chanteuse gives her vocals an exercise on almost every song, from the growl of "One Million Reasons" to the ethereal sound of "Angel Down".
But for most of Joanne, most fans will be wondering why. Why this CD? Why now? Why no song like "Do What U Want"? Those are things that no reviewer can answer, but I can offer this: As an artist maybe these are just things that she felt the need to say. Like Britney before her, Gaga is trying new things, which is exciting. This sound just didn't do much for me or a lot of people it seems.
Best Song: Sinners Prayer, One Million Reasons