EW Staff
May 20, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The event album of the year isn’t being played for critics before its May 23 release, but you’ll find a full review on EW.com and in our next issue. In the meantime, here’s a recap of the four singles we’ve heard so far, including her latest, ”Hair.”

”BORN THIS WAY”
Diva disco-pop meets underdog empowerment anthem — and, yes, echoes of Madonna’s classic 1989 battle cry ”Express Yourself.” B

”JUDAS”
It seems like she’s lost her sense of fun on this sobering tribute to religion’s most famous backstabber. B

”THE EDGE OF GLORY”
A sax-kissed killer that could have been swoon fodder for a Top Gun montage. B+

”HAIR”
Gaga advocates individuality through follicular freedom. Girl nails dance-floor uplift, but the teen-rebel lyrics feel boilerplate. B-

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