For her fifth album, Joanne, Lady Gaga has yet again raised the creative bar. In some ways, her newest work embarks on a soul-searching journey in which she learns things about herself, her expression of pain, and how to survive the basic challenges of life. This is a crystalizing moment for Gaga, as evidenced by her more stripped-down approach to the craft of songwriting—an authenticity that is at the core of Joanne. Interscope Records (interscope.com). —Suzie Lynde
Suzie Lynde is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.
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