By James Dinh
It isn’t uncommon for pop stars to pay homage to themselves in the most nostalgic way possible (see Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends” music video). And with the release of Lady Gaga‘s highly anticipated second single, “Judas,” from her forthcoming album, we here at MTV News couldn’t help but be reminded of another song that sounds more or less similar to the recently dropped track.
From both of the songs’ structures to their lyrical repetition, “Judas” draws on heavy elements from Mother Monster’s 2009 smash “Bad Romance.” Both songs, which were produced by hit-maker RedOne, start off on common ground with comparable lyrical introductions, combining a series of oh’s, song-title call-outs and signature Gaga name-drops. As with many of her dance tunes, “Judas” carries a steady, head-bopping beat throughout the verses until comes an even bigger and more sing-along-friendly chorus à la “Bad Romance.”
Similarities between the dance tunes don’t stop there as Gaga appears to have the same love troubles as she did just a couple of years ago. During both songs, the pop star sings the tale of a woman drawn and captured by the affection of her ill-fated lover. (“Judas” — “Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain/ Even after three times, he betrays me” vs. “Bad Romance” — “I want your ugly/ I want your disease/ I want your everything/ As long as it’s free/ I want your love.”)
While Lady Gaga is no stranger to having her songs pitted against hits of past (Yes, I’m looking at you, “Born This Way”), “Judas” is sure to set the dance floor on fire even if it may sound like the long-lost cousin of “Bad Romance.”
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