When you turn on a “classic” Lady Gaga track, the first thing that comes to your mind is that you’ll be able to dance. You may feel a little free. Recently, there is a side of her that is coming out that is really to connect an emotional side of songwriting. Just look at her delivery of ‘Til It Happens To You.’ In that next evolutionary stage of songwriting, the single ‘Perfect Illusion’ takes you on a journey of emotions that may leave you a little confused. Both elements of emotion and dance collide in what becomes a single that will strike a chord both melodically, but emotionally as well. In the end, it’s nothing more than classic Lady Gaga. This is ‘Perfect Illusion.’
As you turn on the track, you’re greeted with a sound that is an uplifting rock guitar meets 80’s pop melody. It feels like everything seems fine and dandy on the outside. Hell, you can even dance to this track. Though, when you look a little deeper beyond the surface of the melody and take a hard look at the lyrics; something is not right on the inside. “it wasn’t love, it was a perfect illusion, mistaken for love.” It’s a classic story of someone who is burned by unrequited love.
Further on in the 2nd verse, you hear the lyrics clearly “high like amphetamine, maybe you’re just a dream, That’s what it means to crush.” She gets so sucked into this vision of love that really isn’t there. It’s a subject that we all can really relate to. We’ve all been there once or maybe even twice. With ‘Perfect Illusion’ the melody gives you the emotions of feeling free in love, whilst the lyrics bring you back into reality. There is a balance that gives you the full immersive look into what it is like to be in love with someone who won’t give you the same attention back.
It’s great to finally have Lady Gaga back in her truest form. An honest form of songwriting and classic elements to boot. Just watch out for that key change! Mother Monster is back to claim her pop throne!