Today (well, yesterday), September 9th, marks the comeback of the core of pop culture. The comeback of wigs, wearing weird things, hiding yourself in an egg, put it in a blender shit on it vomit on it give birth to it, the things that make pop culture amazing. So here are some of my thoughts on Perfect Illusion as I go through the track (don’t expect this to be a first listen because it’s not), and then we’ll move on to some other things.
00:00 – GAGA’S BACK GAGA”S ABCK GGASFA BACK GAGA’S BACK GAGGAGASGAGAGGAGAF
00:01 – oh thank god it’s not jazz.
00:02 – This intro is sick. It sounded amazing in the snippet, still does now. Already getting amazing rock vibes, which makes sense from the group of super-songwriters behind this, namely Mark Ronson, Bloodpop, and Tame Impala.
00:09 – In this holy second we have the first proof that Gaga is indeed alive and well and singing. Goddamn I’m already out of breath.
00:16 – Well maybe not alive and well. The raspy vocals are back! This will take some time to get used to.
00:23 – I’m not usually that person that reads the lyrics along to the music but this got my interest. If you take a look at the lyrics of the track it’s all really vague, and you can interpret it in any way. This is already shown in this first phrase, this is probably a relationship already at the brink of falling apart. That disco beat and guitars still sound absolutely amazing though.
00:28 – CHORUS IS COMING CHORUS IS COMING CHORUS IS COMING.
00:30 – oh okay we’re screaming literally. This is different.
00:35 – I’m sure I’ll get through it though, after like ten listens I’ll be screaming with her. Apparently the term “Perfect Illusion” isn’t about love, but a comment on social media. Because everything’s virtual now, the feelings you have on the Internet can be the opposite in real life. So the song is “about raging and letting it go”. Which is very frustrating because I’m sitting here typing this up resisting not to frantically blaze around.
00:44 -aaand that’s the first chorus. Whew! I still can’t help but think the way Gaga sings “Perfect Illusion” sounds like “Perfect Delusion”.
00:56 – Here comes the drug references! Is this song about getting high now? A snorting coke anthem about broken relationships on social media? Legends only.
01:04 – The Genius page that I was on explained that the second verse brings three themes to the song – love, illusion and enlightenment. Apparently “throughout the second verse, she describes the illusion of the touch of a lover, the rush of emotions that follow” you know what this is irrelevant. What matters is that this song and the beat is bringing out the amphetamine in me. Rage and let go, the Lord says!
01:10 – Here comes the second chorus, I’m definitely liking this a lot more now.
01:19 – And now comes the bridge… We all know that Stefani is amazing at middle eights.
01:25 – THE BACKGROUND VOCAL BRIDGE IS BACK AHHH.
01:31 – Okay well this is stuck in my head for days now can we just repeat this bridge to the end of the song?
01:37 – WHERE ARE YOU CUS I CAN’T SEE YOU
01:38 – BUT I CAN FEEL YOU WATCHING ME
01:41 – DILATED FALLING FREE
01:45 – IN A MODERN ECSTASY IN A MODERN ECSTASY
01:50 – This song cannot get any better.
01:51 – THIS FUCKING KEY CHANGE. Gags sound like she’s about to gag but this key change gave me absolute life, like it did to the Twitterers, God it’s a mess over there.
02:04 – This energy though! Nobody in this world can give such a rush with just such powerful vocals.
02:07 – Can we APPRECIATE this instrumental line of strings for a second?
02:26 – 30 seconds of outro. Continue.
02:36 – The vocals sound a bit overexposed with those beats and guitar. I can’t stop imagining one day Gaga will eventually collapse on stage performing this. And how legendary that performance will be.
02:37 – Alright we’re bringing the beat back, the strings are back I REPEAT THE STRINGS ARE BACk
02:45 – Oh goodness gracious that even higher belt.
02:53 – That was a thrill ride.
02:59 – thank god Tony Bennett didn’t come up for jazz fusion or whatever it’s called.
03:00 – or did he?
03:01 – And now we’re moving on to some other events in pop music.
The “other things”, as promised – Bastille released an hour and 6 minutes of 19 songs, M.I.A released the last thing of her career (check out our review for it here, it’s amazing how efficient we were with this one), OneRepublic has another song out for their album in October, Tove Lo releases the finalised version of that sick demo she put out last December – with a rapper because what the hell would we do without it – and then Sia finally becoming 100% mainstream. Haven’t listened to any of these yet. But you can from the playlist below, updated weekly with new music. Do give us a follow if you’re into that.