Lady Gaga’s Isolated 'SNL' Vocals Surface for Our Listening Pleasure

Lady Gaga’s Isolated 'SNL' Vocals Surface for Our Listening Pleasure

We now have a million examples to prove Gaga's vocal prowess.

We now have a million examples to prove Gaga's vocal prowess.

Text: Jake Viswanath

We’ve all heard the same old things about Lady Gaga’s voice since her rise to fame. “She plays with too much Auto-Tune,” people said. “Her theatrics distract from her vocals,” others complained. “I don’t know if that’s a man or a woman,” a certain 2008-era Christina Aguilera actually once said (which Gaga likely took as a compliment). By now, it’s been more than proven that Gaga can truly sing, but we can never have too much evidence.

Today, the isolated vocal tracks from Gaga’s performances on Saturday Night Live last weekend were released on the Web, proving once more that her vocal chops are as immaculate as our beloved vocalists. The vocals from her live rendition of “A-Yo” are as crisp and distinct as they are on record, showing her effortlessly switch from flirty country tones to her raspy growls and runs without running out of breath.

Her vocals on “Million Reasons” steal the show, however, as the Lady starts out controlled yet vulnerable before bursting into fits of emotions and letting herself belt it out in the final chorus. Hillary Lindsey’s backing harmonies perfectly compliment her passionate vocals no matter which state they’re in, and the isolated track lets their collaborative harmonies shine.

Regardless of the necessity of these isolated tracks, her voice at its best remains an absolute delight to listen to for any reason.

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