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Lady Gaga's Born This Way Bonus Tracks: "The Queen"

"The Queen"

Sounds Like: The pacing and chorus of "Edge of Glory," followed by the "whoa-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh" breakdown of "Killing Me Softly."

Pros: "The Queen" preaches another emphatic "believe in yourself" message that can easily be accepted as a dance floor anthem for all those who don't need a crown to see themselves as true royalty. At over five minutes (perhaps one too many?), the song goes through distinct movements—church bell intro, dance disco chorus, guitar breakdown—which make for an interesting listen but...

Cons:... it still feels disjointed, and when it doesn't, it just sounds like an early version of "Edge of Glory." The triumphant "I can be" apex of the chorus is pretty darn close to "I'm on the edge," save for one syllable. There's a nice guitar solo, but the riff—coming at the song's final minute—just doesn't have the same juice as Clarence Clemons' sax.

Yearbook Lyric: "Tonight I'm gonna show them what I'm made of, oh / The killer queen inside me's comin' to say hello."

Gaga Hashtags: Queen, stutter hooks, loserdom.


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