Previews of the “911” mixes
I don't know, I think we're conflating presentation and the actual music here. Sure, her first couple of eras were electric but that was more down to Gaga herself and the passion, vision and inspiration she brought to the projects rather than the music itself which ironically, was also described as a step above Cascada back then. It was the images, performances and Gaga's ethos that elevated the music into timeless and iconic pop. If they were similarly tossed out to die with no support like Chromatica was, would they feel as electric as they do in retrospect?
...the makeup is just a photoshoot. It's a single day of posing and then her digital team does the rest. She's not out there stuffing the Oreos herself. These things take very little effort.