Earlier this week, British music mag NME set out to determine the “10 Most Pretentious Albums Ever.” The list includes (genuinely pretty terrible) conceptual fare like Kiss’ Music From “The Elder,” Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music and, uh, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which somehow bested all competitors to nab the #1 spot.
How? Well, as NME writer Priya Elan wrote, “On Born This Way, [Gaga] seemed to believe in her own hype, convinced she had a message to share. Cue an album of unwieldy ’anthems’ that couldn’t mask the fact that the fun had left the building.” Elan singled out the thumping “Scheiße” as BTW’s most pretentious moment, adding, “Did electroclash die for this?”
Snap. As you’d probably expect, those jabs had Gaga’s Little Monsters on the offensive, and they launched an all-out attack on Elan in the comments section of NME’s website. But Gaga herself remained above the fray — for a while, anyway.
“Oh the irony of winning ’Most Pretentious Album Ever’ from none other than NME. *Eye roll,*” Gaga wrote. “I might laugh forever [and] then return to narcissism.”
Double snap. Having sufficiently eye-rolled her way through the situation, there’s been no further comment from Gaga about the list.
NME, of course, has since turned the exchange into a separate story, one which, for whatever reason (word count?), includes recent comments Gaga made about bulimia … and spaghetti. *Eye roll.*