Gaga vs. Beyoncé vs. Adele

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sasha Frere-Jones, pop music critic for the New Yorker magazine, compares the current leading ladies of pop. 


Sasha Frere-Jones

Comments [17]


hands down adele..forget the other two.

Jun. 24 2011 06:24 PM
veesual from nyc

and the wiener is ..kate perryyy :D!!!!

Jun. 24 2011 04:30 PM
Fuva from Harlemworld

Beyonce: Athletic, rhythmic, interactive showmanship. In the tradition of James Brown, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, etc. -- minus, perhaps, the vocal character, depth, pathos, etc.

Adele: The sweet catharsis of blues and soul, and its perennial cross-cultural/racial/national appeal.

Lady Gaga: Performance art (I guess), perhaps at unfortunate expense of the music. (Disclaimer: I've heard/seen very little of her work, because what I have seen/heard hasn't inspired me to wanna see/hear more...)

Jun. 24 2011 03:35 PM
Jamison from Fort Green

Marilyn Manson preached all this too but you never herd any one talking positive about him.

Jun. 24 2011 12:04 PM

fame is not an indicator of talent. gaga being the example.
and being famous doesn't make someone more intelligent, insightful, or knowledgeable than anyone else.
anyone who takes their life cues from these artists is a very sad person...

Jun. 24 2011 12:01 PM

vanity is the nemesis of progress. our society is degenerating and we are wasting time discussing divas.

Jun. 24 2011 11:57 AM
susy from Manhattan

really love gaga, really love beyonce.

what I like about their latest songs, and one of the reasons they feel like someone you could identify accessible... is that they are singing to the audience in their more anthem-style songs...not about themselves, but an encouragement to the listener.

Jun. 24 2011 11:55 AM

this topic is further proof of the decline of western civilization.

Jun. 24 2011 11:54 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

"Anyone would be won over by her"
"It's impossible to not like that", etc, etc

Um.....I don't like it

Jun. 24 2011 11:53 AM
Rube from NYC

And don't forget Nicki Minaj -- in October 2010, Minaj became the first artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously! (source: Wikipedia)

Jun. 24 2011 11:50 AM

Is it coincidence that the 2 people putting Robert's opinion down are women? Possibly fans of any of these "artists"? This is a waste of public radio airwaves. We have nuclear disasters, weather disasters, financial crisis, political mayhem and other issues concerning us. Leave theses topics to "Soundcheck"

Jun. 24 2011 11:50 AM
Satan from Hell

It'd be great if they had a three-way fight to the death!

Jun. 24 2011 11:28 AM

Hazel, agreed. This is apples to oranges. Musician vs. Entertainers.

Jun. 24 2011 11:20 AM
Hazel from New Jersey

Why is Adele being compared to such products of the star making machinery as Gaga and Beyonce? Adele has serious talent and does not have to rely on gimmicks or cheap flash to keep get her music across.

Jun. 24 2011 11:04 AM
Shana from Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Robert, Jane is right, you are being a snob. You do realize that pop culture says something about our culture as a whole? Right? And how about you listen to the interview first before you decide it shouldn't be on the radio. Lehrer covers a wide range of topics everyday, and some of those topics I myself would have never thought to even think about; but I listened and learned something I never knew before. Let Brian help you open your mind a little bit.

Jun. 24 2011 10:32 AM

Oh Robert, settle down. It's ONE topic,not a 'degeneration', and popular culture is very relevant, too.


Jun. 24 2011 10:00 AM
Robert from NYC

Really? This is what public radio has degenerated into over the past decade, comparing female pop superstars?! I've watched, or rather listened to, the gradual decline into mundanity of public radio over the past decade but this has to be a new low. lol. Good luck!

Jun. 24 2011 09:02 AM

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