I understand that Telephone is a flippant, thin track, but I don’t see it as a serious insight into Moz’s opinion. It’s tongue in cheek - but still arguable whether it’s funny or not.
I do hope that the studio version has some bite to it, and that it’s penultimate position on the track list makes eventual sense.
I don’t mind a fizzy throwback to the irreverence of the Southpaw era. Doubt it will be a highlight for most listeners.
There are hooks and hooks and hooks but the quest of more lyrical substance remains.