It may be Lady Gaga’s fifth album, but this is the first time you’re hearing Stefani Germanotta. The artist just dropped, ‘Joanne,’ debuting a brand new, bluesy sound that features a country twist and so much emotion, it’s hard not to get choked up. Here’s the break down of Gaga’s ‘Joanne.’
Lady Gaga‘s new album is mixture of folk, electronic, dance, rock, funk, and country, every song bringing a different incredible story.
“I kept envisioning this girl in the middle of the country somewhere crying her eyes out in the field with a drink in her hand and her kid in the other, going, ‘I can’t believe that Lady Gaga understands how I feel. I never thought that someone like her could ever get me,'” she told E! about Joanne. “The point of this record was to find that human connection with the world in a deeper way.”
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, named the album after her late aunt Joanne Stefani Germanotta, who passed away at only 19 years old after complications from Lupus. Gaga has the date of her aunt’s passing tattooed on her, and she recently revealed that while she never met her father’s sister, she felt very close to her.
At the Producers Guild Awards, Gaga performed the anthem dedicated to rape survivors, “Til It Happens To You,” and revealed Joanne’s past trauma. “It’s an important issue to my family because when my father’s sister was in college, she was sexually assaulted. Then, it tormented her so emotionally that it caused the lupus that she had to get so bad that she died,” she said.
“What I know of Joanne is what she left behind, which was a lot of loss and a lot of tragedy in my family,” she told Yahoo Music, adding when she turned 19, her life changed for the better, for her aunt. “That’s when I really decided I was going to hit the ground hard — hit the [New York] dive bar scene and the club scene hard with my music and playing out as a songwriter. It was really Joanne, and that story of our family, and the toughness that made us who we are, that gave me the strength to go, ‘You know, I’m going to live the rest of my life in a way that she couldn’t.’”
This album, shows just that. From “Hey Girl,” a duet with Florence Welch about women supporting women, to “John Wayne,” the break up anthem that every woman can relate to, Joanne takes you inside the mind and soul of a Lady Gaga we’ve never met. And I have to say, I’m so happy she’s here.