The song’s title caused me to listen to Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want.” That and the R. Kelly feature. I won’t say Kells looked out of place but his inclusion did cause a double-take. Then there’s the whole chorus to the song that goes “Do what you want with my body.” We’re talking about a guy who gives golden showers and a lady who’s strange stage costumes include a meat dress. I clicked play off the sheer novelty and curiosity.
The ARTPOP song ended up being slightly better than expected. A retro, late disco groove permeates the track as both artists sing come-ons, Kelly in particular feeling completely uninhibited and able to do all of the “crazy shit.” In Gaga, he’s met his match as she belts out throaty, powerful vocals dedicated sacrificing her body to the R.
Gaga’s been battling back criticism saying she doesn’t have a hit left in her. She’s countered by saying she’s less concerned with number ones than making the music she feels. “Do What U Want” may not propel her back to the peak of the charts however the record should make for happy dancefloor-filler, which sounds like Gaga’s very intent.
ARTPOP arrives on November 11.