Music Review: 'Born This Way' by Lady Gaga

Filed under: Music

Rated ON for Ages 14 and Up

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Born This Way" is much less provocative than the typical Lady GaGa song. It lacks the explicit references to sex, substance use, and violence that characterize many of her other tunes, instead focusing on a more positive message about loving yourself for who you are. Parents should note that this message includes an acceptance of sexual orientation: "No matter gay, straight or bi / lesbian, transgendered life."

The good stuff

  • Messages: The lyrics are positive and affirming: "Don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you're set / I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way."
  • Role models: The song encourages people to be themselves.
What to watch out for

  • Violence: Not an issue.
  • Sex: Lyrics mention various sexual orientations: "No matter gay, straight or bi / lesbian, transgendered life."
  • Language: Not an issue.
  • Consumerism: Not an issue.
  • Drinking, drugs, & smoking: Not an issue.
What's the Story?

In the single "Born This Way," one of the biggest pop stars on the planet -- Lady GaGa -- sings about accepting yourself no matter who you are. The lyrics are a lot cleaner than most of her other songs, including almost no mature content aside from some references to various sexual orientations (including homosexuality and transgenderism). It's an affirming, upbeat choice for impressionable young teens who could benefit from a self-confidence boost.

Is It Any Good?

Lady GaGa's '80s influence shows through loud and clear in this track, with big, booming arrangements that are reminiscent of Madonna's huge hit "Express Yourself." While this sound doesn't make for the most original-sounding song, it's still catchy enough to earn plenty of radio play.

This review was written by Stephanie Bruzzese.

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