Review: Gaga taking herself too seriously
Updated 9:25 am, Friday, February 1, 2013
Lady Gaga would be so much easier to take - if she didn't take herself so seriously.
Her Born This Way Ball drew throngs of fans, known as little monsters, to Toyota Center on Thursday night. Some waited in line for a week to secure a spot near the stage. (The floor was general admission.) Paws were up, and they were ready to dance.
She emerged on (man-made) horseback from inside a castle setting to "Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)" and "Government Hooker."
"Born This Way" found her atop what looked like an inflatable turkey corpse, which "gave birth" to her dancers. At times, it seemed less concert than couture fashion show. And many of the costumes looked like a found materials challenge on "Project Runway." (Old tires! Air conditioning filters!)
The beginning of the show was stacked with too many songs from her overblown, underperforming "Born This Way" album. Much of the crowd ate it up, but some pockets seemed confused and disinterested.
Things finally kicked into high gear with "Bad Romance." Then, she started talking.
"I am not a woman. I am not a man. I am not human, she roared. "But when they ask you, 'Who is Lady Gaga?' You tell them that I am you."
Indeed, themes of freedom and identification and expression run rampant through the show, as do generalizations about government control. But her messages would be better served in the music, not sandwiched between dance tunes.
It made album cut "Fashion of His Love" all the more jarring, with its pink gown and girly bedroom backdrop. It did, however, set off a run of far superior tunes that included debut hit "Just Dance," "Love-Game" and "Telephone." Gaga should take her own advice and, well, just dance.