Is Lady Gaga The Missing Spice Girl?

That's what acclaimed harp-playing indie-folk chanteuse Joanna Newsom says in a new interview with England's Guardian. While promoting her new album, Have One On Me, in London, the enigmatic singer told the paper the following regarding Lady Gaga:

"I'm mystified by the laziness of people looking at how she presents herself, and somehow assuming that implies there's a high level of intelligence in the songwriting. Her approach to image is really interesting, but you listen to the music, and you just hear glow sticks. Smart outlets for musical journalism give her all this credit, like she's the new Madonna. ... Although I'm coming from a perspective of also thinking Madonna is not great at all. I'm like, fair enough: she is the new Madonna, but Madonna's a dumbass!"

She went on to say: "[Gaga] just happens to wear slightly weirder outfits than Britney Spears. But they're not that weird -- they're mostly just skimpy. She's fully marketing her body/sexuality; she's just doing it while wearing, like, a 'fierce' telephone hair-hat. Her sexuality has no scuzziness, no frank raunchiness, in the way that, say, Peaches, or even Grace Jones, have – she's Arty Spice! ... She seems to take herself so oddly seriously, the way she talks about her music in the third person. ... She just makes me miss Cyndi Lauper."

Boom, Gaga! You just got Newsom'd! Lot to unpack there, but we'll let you take it all in. Here's some Spice Girls to soundtrack your thought process.