Sexxx Dreams with Rihanna was quite literally right there, waiting to happen. Instead we had the potential of… Robin Thicke ddd. If that doesn’t sum up whatever the fuck was going on so perfectly.
Sexxx Dreams is gorgeous but it doesn't strike me as a single at all. I think it would have probably flopped.
I just listened to Sexxx Dreams again and I'm even more convinced of my position on this. The song is wonderful but it's such a weird combination of things. The verses sound like a homage to old school talk-sing Madonna and then the chorus has this kinda Janet sounding melody but on top of squelchy electronics. It's pretty chill and understated.
In contrast, Applause has the high octane sound and uber catchiness that you expect from a Gaga lead.
I don't even remotely buy the idea that Sexxx Dreams would have a better choice than Applause for lead. I feel we really get caught up in our alternative timeline singles run dreams.
I agree. It’s top tier Gaga for me, I wasn’t a mega fan of it at first but I literally love everything about it now.Applause is one of her best singles, and I’ll die on that hill. The opening will never fail to send a rush of energy through me.
Bad timing and even worse decisions will always have more to answer for than bad material with ARTPOP. The album still stands.