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Listen to Lady Gaga's new song 'Venus'

Listen to Lady Gaga's new song 'Venus'
Lady Gaga released the song "Venus" from her upcoming album, "Artpop." (Interscope Records)

Did Lady Gaga write "Venus" just so she could make a joke about Uranus?

The dance-pop superstar released the new song late Sunday, and beyond its mid-level solar-system wordplay, Pop & Hiss isn't hearing much at work here.

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The latest sampling from next month's "Artpop" album, "Venus" finds Lady Gaga layering her bedroom entreaties over a throbbing disco-glam groove that feels like a throwback to her "Just Dance" days; it's fun, kind of, but hardly extraordinary.

The song pales especially in comparison to "Do What U Want," the killer electro-soul collaboration with R. Kelly that she put out last week. That tune, along with the still-satisfying "Applause," had us excited about "Artpop," due Nov. 11.

But "Venus" feels pretty underwhelming. Listen below -- and join us in awaiting the promisingly titled "Sexxx Dreams."

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