April 16th, 2011
10:49 AM ET
Lady Gaga’s “Judas” has arrived, spreading across the Web after the RedOne-produced track leaked on Friday ahead of its scheduled Tuesday release.
Of course, before long, the second single from Gaga’s album “Born This Way” - due out May 23 - also became available on iTunes.
Reaction, though, is a little mixed. Whereas her first single “Born This Way” had critics accusing Gaga of biting Madonna’s “Express Yourself," “Judas” seems to be providing similar waves of déjà vu, but this time for Gaga's past hit "Bad Romance."
“’Judas’ is a straight-ahead dance pop number that plays to the singer's established strengths,” Rolling Stone says. “Though ‘Judas’ certainly has its own charms and at least three insanely catchy hooks, it leans hard on Gaga's signature moves and basically sounds like a cross between ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Poker Face.’”
The Village Voice describes the single as “nastier and darker, but ‘Judas’ definitely mines the same territory as ‘Bad Romance’ - lots of instantly memorable wordless vocalizing, a pummeling beat, lyrics about a romance that is, well, bad.”
New York Magazine’s Vulture, on the other hand, found the song to provide a “long, intense WTF experience,” but with a caveat: “If we were zooted out of our minds at five in the morning on a dance floor in the sketchy part of Berlin right now, this would almost definitely be the greatest song we'd ever heard.”
Spin magazine critiques the track by saying that “True to form, Gaga delivers a rowdy, industrial-disco banger, and her performance is insanely over the top,” adding that “there's no denying the primal energy of ‘Judas.’”
Cher, meanwhile, is still in love.
“Lovin GAGA's Judas ! Heard it bout a month ago in the Studio!” Cher tweeted. “Loved It Then ! Love it Now ! LOVE HER ALWAYS !”
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