Critics chime in on Lady Gaga's latest single

Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:24pm EDT
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By Lauren Schutte

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Lady Gaga has done it again. The singer, whose lyrics like to toe the controversy line, released "Judas," the latest track off of her new album Born This Way on Friday -- a few days earlier than its originally scheduled April 19 drop date. And critics are already weighing in.

"The Red One-produced 'Judas' carries echoes of her biggest hits, 'Bad Romance' and 'Poker Face,' and finds Gaga pushing religious boundaries over a pummeling breakdown," said Billboard.

Rolling Stone also brought up the similarities in the song to Gaga's previous work. "Though 'Judas' certainly has its own charms and at least three insanely catchy hooks, it leans hard on Gaga's signature moves and basically sounds like a cross between 'Bad Romance' and 'Poker Face.'"

"After the second verse and chorus, the song breaks down into a churning house song as Gaga chants in much the same way she does in the middle of 'Born This Way.' 'I wanna love you/ But something's pulling me away from you/ Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to, I cling to,'" added MTV.

For her part, Gaga revealed in her latest YouTube video, titled Gagavision no. 42, that she continues to be hands on with her material. "I graphic-designed the 'Judas' single cover myself," she said. "I photographed the image with my cell phone for texture."