A charming melody, but then again Bran Flakes are a charming cereal.
One of three tracks recently debuted on the opening of her dive bar tour, ‘Million Reasons’ is Lady Gaga’s latest tease of upcoming album Joanne after lead single ‘Perfect Illusion.’ Trying to be a sweet little ditty, it pleasantly falls into a confusing middle ground of ‘indie-flavoured pop’ that wants to be ‘indie pop’ but which never actually makes it. It boasts a lo-fi vibe and seems to be trying really hard to prove to you to that it’s delicate and indie and wholesome and totally wasn’t recorded in the presence of a multi-million dollar production team. From more authentic voices, I’ve heard the same song countless times before.
The above star rating feels mean because this is an average track, and average should surely mean a solid, middle-of-the-road 3/5 – and I truly want to give it that. But this track is lacklustre, and I don’t mean lacklustre for Gaga. It’s boring, point blank. It’s got the bare minimum for a song: a simple melody and some pretty vocals. That’s like saying a food is edible and has some form of nutritional value. Perfectly palatable but thoroughly forgetful, ‘Million Reasons’ is the auditory equivalent of Bran Flakes.
‘Million Reasons’ is out now via Interscope