The Latest Weigh-Ins on Lady Gaga: Jack White's a Fan, Joanna Newsom Really Isn't

Everyone's getting a piece of Lady Gaga these days - who else is there to talk about? Christina Aguilera's copying her, M.I.A.'s dissing her - and now the yodeling indie harpist Joanna Newsom is joining the fray. Newsom recently told the Guardian:

I'm mystified by the laziness of people looking at how she presents herself, and somehow assuming that implies there's a high level of intelligence in the songwriting. Her approach to image is really interesting, but you listen to the music, and you just hear glow sticks... There's not much in her music to distinguish it from other glossy, formulaic pop. She just happens to wear slightly weirder outfits than Britney Spears. But they're not that weird - they're mostly just skimpy. She's fully marketing her body/sexuality; she's just doing it while wearing, like, a 'fierce' telephone hair-hat. Her sexuality has no scuzziness, no frank raunchiness, in the way that, say, Peaches, or even Grace Jones, have - she's Arty Spice! And, meanwhile, she seems to take herself so oddly seriously, the way she talks about her music in the third person, like she's Brecht or something. She just makes me miss Cyndi Lauper.
On the flipside, Jack White is admitting to looking to Gaga as a source of inspiration for the Dead Weather's newest record, Sea of Cowards. White told the UK Sun:
Yeah, Lady Gaga. I was thinking of the type of song a contemporary musician would write so I started thinking about her. I started thinking of how she would write the music to this song and got quite into being Lady Gaga in an odd way.
You win some, you lose some. It's all part of The Fame.

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