Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lady Gaga's 'Perfect Illusion' is a Perfect Comeback Banger

by Staff Writer

Lady Gaga - 'Perfect Illusion' (Single)

Reviewed by Culturecrit Staff on
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5 Star Rating: Recommended  

The perfect new stadium anthem for Gaga.

It's no illusion how perfect this comeback from Gaga is. The ideal track for radio and stadium shows, it'll see her skyrocket back to pop's throne.

Rating: 5



There's not much Lady Gaga can still do to surprise or shock the world. From her award-winning turn on American Horror Story to her avant garde fashion and music choices, we feel like we've seen it all from the "Bad Romance" hitmaker. But her new single from the album affectionately called LG5 by fans, is shocking in its simplicity. With the raw, unpolished vocals and the throwback 80s stadium anthem vibe, it's definitely not what fans expected after the overproduced (and overthought) Artpop in 2014.

With the new single, Gaga sings of the universal theme of love gone wrong, a topic that might be coming from a personal place for Gaga who recently announced taking a break from her longtime partner Taylor Kinney.


The vocals are almost heartbreaking in their raspy anger and soaring disillusionment with realizing that what seemed like love was an illusion all along.


Gaga shares songwriting and production credits with Mark Ronson, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, and BloodPop. Have a look at the lyrics below and check out the full song in the video.


What do you think of Gaga's new single "Perfect Illusion"? Love it or hate it? Leave a comment below.


Tryin' to get control
Pressure's takin' its toll
Stuck in the middle zone
I just want you alone
My guessing game is strong
Way too real to be wrong
Caught up in your show
Yeah, at least now I know

It wasn't love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
Mistaken for love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
You were a perfect illusion

I don't need eyes to see
I felt you touchin' me
High like amphetamine
Maybe you're just a dream
That's what it means to crush
Now that I'm wakin' up
I still feel the blow
But at least now I know

It wasn't love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
Mistaken for love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)

Where are you?
Cause I can't see you
It was a perfect illusion
But I feel you watchin' me
Dilated, falling free
In a modern ecstasy
Where are you?
Cause I can't see you
It was a perfect illusion
But I feel you watchin' me
But I feel you watchin' me
Illusion
But I feel you watchin' me
Mistaken for love
Where were you
Cause I can't see
But I feel you watchin' me
Mistaken for love
Dilated, falling free
In a modern ecstasy
Mistaken for love
In a modern ecstasy
In a modern ecstasy

I'm over the show
Yeah at least now I know

It wasn't love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
Mistaken for love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
You were a perfect illusion
You were a perfect illusion
It was a perfect illusion
Somewhere in all the confusion
It was a perfect illusion, illusion (illusion)