Lady Gaga's Artpop Offers a Mixed Bag of Hits and Misses

“Do you wanna see me naked, lover? / Do you wanna peek underneath the cover? / Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura?” teases Lady Gaga in the beginning moments of Artpop, as if she might strip it all the way down to the real Stefani Germanotta.

But “Aura,” the zigzagging opener, is as larger-than-life as the singer’s persona, and the rest of her third proper studio album only goes further to show that she has crafted a pop image – as a walking, breathing piece of art – that goes far beyond the music.