Aged 88, this is an impressive vocal performance from jazz veteran Bennett but an even more impressive performance from Gaga, a girl whose a novice in comparison but showcases herself to be just as convincing a jazz singer, especially on the tracks ‘Nature Boy’ and ‘Lush Life’. Her last record, Artpop, showed signs that she might be taking baby steps away from the catchy rah-rah-rah roma-mama pop bangers, but I didn’t think she’d have the guts to challenge her fans and abandon pop altogether for Sinatra-style swing, let alone pull it off like a pro.
This was a real pleasant surprise of an album that has me already growing curious as to what can we expect next from Gaga. Opera? Inuit throat singing? Death metal?