Yes, in ten years when you pull up her discography of maybe six or seven albums, Born This Way will still stand out. Its tracks - debut single, especially - its Grammy nomination, its fashion, even the missteps in this era will be remembered.
No. The BTW era has been a blur. Honestly the only thing I remember about it is Rick Genest.
Let’s pretend Bee’s career was like banking. Everything we’ve watched Bee do over the years has been like a deposit into a bank account. When she has moments where things don’t pan out exactly the way she wants or a certain single doesn’t meet certain expectations, she’s good. All the deposits over the years ensured that if “the check was short this week”, she was still comfortable. Basing a career on singles and chasing cookie cutter radio formulas is like living check to check. You ain’t worth **** but what’s going on right now. There’s nothing memorable. There’s nothing iconic. 18 years of healthy deposits. And now she’s sitting back CHILLING.