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Lady Gaga & Clarence Clemons: “The Edge of Glory” doesn’t quite get there

Lady Gaga & Clarence Clemons: “The Edge of Glory” doesn’t quite get there (photo)

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Lady Gaga’s career has certainly had its share of what-the-fuck situations, from the meat dress and the boots that caused the infamous airport tumble to the amazingly morose “Bad Romance” video and her welcome political stump speeches. Even when they’ve been obvious stunts, those moments have felt very much of a whole, or instances with purpose from an artist with some bold if occasionally ridiculous ideas for making statements.

That’s why “The Edge of Glory,” the Born This Way tease released today, feels awfully disappointing: A disco thumper undergirded by interesting sample manipulation and beat-to-beat synthesizer attack, Gaga handles “The Edge of Glory” as if she’s reading a script. She tries hard to toe the line between sexual innuendo (this baby she’s taken home as her on the “edge” of “glory”) and a 60 Minutes-profiled motivational speaker (this beat’s built for pumping fists, after all); she mostly trips over that line, delivering a song that falls flat. In lieu of Gaga’s typical stylistic provocation, Clarence Clemons instead offers a saxophone solo that, musically, sounds like ClipArt. It’s as if, all at once, she’s going for the shout-along kids, the hipsters newly in love with saxophones, and the parents for whom the saxophone never fell out of favor. Maybe that’s why “The Edge of Glory,” a track that’s good enough for some Top 40 newbie and not Lady Gaga, sounds stilted and ham-fisted. I wanted to love this collaboration, but–truth is–I don’t.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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