The first two singles from the album “Born This Way” and “Judas” have Mother Monster acting more like a preacher than a pop singer. Luckily for her, the excellent dance-party beats of the songs alleviate the preachiness. The two songs foreshadow the whole album which is wildly uneven, but filled with dance club treasures. Nearly every song reminded me of the overblown ways of pop music in the 80s. I heard influences from the likes of Def Leppard, Bruce Springsteen (courtesy of the recently departed saxophonist Clarence Clemons) and Depeche Mode on various tracks. The album is a little bit all over the place, though it still manages to demonstrate how talented she is. Songcraft such as cutting lyrics, chord changes and soaring choruses are rampant and not what you usually get from today’s pop singers. Not the opus she boasts it to be, but not too shabby either.