New Music: Lady Gaga – ‘Dope’

One of the best parts of a Lady Gaga show is when she takes a breather from her theatrics to sit and sing at the piano. Her ballads are plentiful — “Speechless,” “Brown Eyes” and sometimes an unplugged version of “You And I” among them. Mother Monster adds another ballad to the list with her latest ARTPOP single “Dope,” where she purges her emotions on the keys.

“Dope” first revealed itself as a tribute to Gaga’s “little monsters” under the guise “I Wanna Be with You,” which she wrote at the end of her Monster Ball tour. Gaga tweaked the arrangement and words, adding a little electro nuances to the song that born “Dope.”

“My heart would break without you/ Might not awake without you,” Gaga sings on “Dope.” ARTPOP is out Nov. 11.