Gong-banging Applause gives Gaga the edge over Katy's Roar
Both Katy Perry and Lady Gaga released new singles in the past two weeks or so, and were chart rivals in the US of A.
Roar, Katy's latest effort, has managed to debut four spots higher than Applause, Lady G's most recent display of insanity, but I think we, as Echo readers should delve deeper.
Let us begin with the single covers – Katy's looks like a cross between a binned Alanis Morisette album cover (still certifiably 'quite good') and possibly a postcard one might stumble upon in your local zoo (not good); and it portrays the single as rather dark, when it's actually a rather boppy, arm-waving affair.
On the other hand, Lady G's marionette tribute of a cover is colourful, mind-boggling, and somewhat terrifying – as the single is also. Point to 'Gaga'.
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Now, despite the confusing cover, "Roar" is actually a proper anthem.
The sort of song you could belt out during a football match, while in the car, or perhaps standing right in the middle of a water fountain while onlookers are confused as to whether to help you or hand you over to the authorities.
It's got this great tinkling piano bit at the start that goes great with a 99 cone that is soon accompanied by a rather booming, but somehow still organic-sounding drum beat over it, and while the chorus is, as is per usual with a KP track, a rousing, fist-pump-inducing affair, it feels as if she's holding back vocally until the very last chorus, when she finally goes up a key – but that moment was more than worth it.
Now, as for "Applause", the intro is a bit too Pacman-inspired for my taste and does sound a tad dated.
Then, there's the peculiar talking/croaking/singing/general bonkers behaviour that makes up the verses, which is pulsing, irritating, terrifying, and absolutely blooming marvellous all at the same time.
But then, that pre-chorus starts to tease the listener like a feather would an unsuspecting ear with this great clappy bit (I love a good clap), until eventually the whole thing just explodes into a putting-up-hands-and-touching declaration of EDM, 'ARTPOP' and musical amazingness.
Don't even bother arguing.
The following process repeats itself with additional bopping from yours truly, before she throws in a killer falsetto for the middle-eight, before she annihilates all other musical efforts with two last, explosive, upper key choruses of ambrosia-like glory.
Overall, I must confess that I believe Lady G scoops the metaphorical crown, but simply because of the 'gong-banging' (it's not as atrocious as it sounds) reference.
But apparently Perez Hilton doesn't think so.
Lady Gaga's Applause is available to download now from iTunes, Amazon etc. on Interscope Records, while Katy Perry's Roar follows on September 8 through Capitol Records.