Lady Gaga's "Judas," the second single from her upcoming "Born This Way" album, due May 23, was scheduled for release on Tuesday. But the hotly anticipated new track surfaced today. Listen here ...
"I'm just a holy fool / Oh baby, it's so cruel / but I'm still in love with Judas, baby," she sings over the chorus. Thus, the song already has sparked some religious controversy. A video is expected soon -- allegedly intended to shock -- which will no doubt generate more.
In fact, I suspect the video is the driving creative force here, because there's nothing much in this music at all. The song itself is built on a thumping dancefloor rhythm with nothing new on top -- a light, ineffectual chorus, verses designed principally around a contortion of the biblical character's name ("Judah-ah!"). Sometimes Gaga seems to sing with an accent, using the figure of Judas -- either the mythical one or an unfortunately named lover -- to bait religious listeners with blunt metaphors:
When he comes to me I am ready
I'll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times, he betrays me
I'll bring him down, I came with no crown
The only purpose for the name seems to be raising churchy hackles for the sake of Madonna-like publicity. Here's hoping the full "Born This Way" has more to offer.
What do you think?