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Album Review - Lady Gaga - Chromatica

Rejoice Gays around the world; Gaga is back and Chromatica has arrived. The long awaited sixth studio album from the superstar has finally been released and the world is now a greater place for it. Not even Miss Rona could keep GaGa away from releasing her most experimental, personal and sonically impressive album of her career.

Chromatica is an 80’s and 90’s influenced, electropop, hi-NRG record which is a total departure from its predecessor Joanne which was released in 2016. The album as references elements of house, techno and funk. Thematically and sonically separated into three segments, each one begins with a string arrangement. Taking the listener on a journey of self-discovery, and a journey of healing through from an emotional experience, ending with an acceptance of one’s self.

I really struggled to warm to the lead single from Chromatica; Stupid Love. It came across as a pastiche rehash of some her previous sounds and offered nothing new from GaGa for me. It didn’t feel any different than to what the other pop girls were putting out, however, it fits into the soundscape of Chromatica, and the glitzy and bright 80’s production really comes alive.

Rain on Me, the albums second single, however, feels as fresh as morning dew and a sure fire hit for the nightclubs. The song fuses together dance-pop, disco, house and electropop. It’s a celebration of tears and perseverance during difficult times, apt and fitting global pandemic. The song explodes into a full glitter cannon moment with a joyous final chorus which shows of both GaGa’s and Ariane Grande’s powerhouse vocals; allowing the listener to find beauty in pain, heartbreak and life.

It’s clear that Chromatica is fantastically over the top, but in the best way possible. It’s in your face, it’s queer and every song is an anthem of defiance and empowerment. It provides forty-five minutes of pure escapism and it’s welcome during these difficult times. When the clubs re-open, I am sure they are going to be filled with the sound of Chromatica. Whilst, its writing is sometimes clunky and disjointed, the songs are all sure-fire hits and will stand the test of time. New GaGa is always appreciated as far as I’m concerned, and whilst I feel we won’t see a return to her imperial phase of the Fame Monster, Chromatica is a solid effort, and GaGa has firmly cemented her legacy as one of the true Pop Queens of recent times.

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