Less electro and more straightforward pop, the latest Born This Way track, which hit the Web on Monday (May 9), is all about romance. It opens with Gaga’s vocals over a keyboard. “I need a man who thinks it’s right when it’s so wrong,” Gaga sings. “Tonight, yeah, baby, right on the limits/ Where we know where we both belong/ Tonight.”
The song’s production harks back to late ’80s, early ’90s adult-contemporary pop, when big choruses where the norm. “I’m on the edge of glory and hanging on a moment of truth,” she sings in the refrain. “I’m on the edge of glory and I’m hanging on a moment with you/ I’m on the edge.”
What makes the song stand out from others on the radio now is a sax solo courtesy of Clarence Clemons (E Street Band) right in the middle of the track, as Gaga belts out, “I’m on the edge with you.” Clemons also appears on the song “Hair” on Born This Way. This single certainly shows a softer side for the star. Her previous two Born This Way releases have been harsher and more industrial-sounding.
The song was co-produced by Gaga, Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow (“Born This Way”). Artwork for the song features her nude, with her mouth open, her “Born This Way” horns in place and her hair wildly cascading around her.
“The great thing about dance songs is, for me, most of the time, they start off as ballads, and that’s the approach I’ve been trying to keep going,” Garibay told MTV News. “We wrote songs, particularly Gaga wrote these songs, to live in a dance environment. Yeah, they’re dance, but I think the whole thing, too, is that they’re songs and genuine to her.”
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