It seems as if the Millennials, the Gen Z-ers, and the Little Monsters who sang their hearts out to “Bad Romance” or cried tears of joy when they first heard “Born This Way,” all came together around the globe for the earth-shattering debut of #LG6. As Lady Gaga finally ushered us into the celestial, otherworldly, and beautiful land that is Chromatica, one could not help but feel as if we were all living through a moment in history.
Many of us sat down in our homes with best friends and loved ones by our sides, either physically or virtually, and took in the Queen of reinvention’s epic LP. The LP, that arrived at a time when the world has been turned upside down by monumental proportions. For many, Chromatica will serve as the pinnacle of joy during what will be remembered as a rather austere time. Once again, Lady Gaga has saved our souls and our paws are most definitely up.
The masterfully curated, sixteen-track collection cuts deep into Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta’s emotional wounds from previous love, loss, and trauma. The listener is left drenched in the fanciful, heavenly electronic dance beats… that will surely command dance floors everywhere as soon as they reopen.
During her March interview with Paper magazine, Gaga made it very clear that this album is meant to evoke euphoria and shared, “I will do whatever it takes to make the world dance and smile... I want to put out a record that forces people to rejoice even in their saddest moments... If you're in pain and listening to this music, just know that I know what it's like to be in pain. And I know what it's like to also not let it ruin your life.” The sophisticatedly eccentric, 11-time GRAMMY Award winner lets us into her strife to give us an assemblage of pure, dance until-the-sun-comes-up, glittering magic.
As “Chromatica I” bellows out universally across our speakers, we begin a cinematic-like journey into Lady Gaga’s newest musical phase. “Chromatica I” quickly transitions into “Alice,” which takes a sharp turn into Bloodpop’s signature electro-pop production, that Gaga says is at the core of her sixth studio album. “Alice” marks the beginning of what Mother refers to as her, "healing process,” as well as the beginning of an ode to the best parts of synth-pop, electronic, disco beats.
While we get to experience skillfully quirky production from Bloodpop and other talents such as Nija Charles, on the dazzling duet that is “Rain On Me”, featuring Ariana Grande, or hints of Skrillex’s signature sounds on “Plastic Doll,” we also see that the support Mama Monster offers, brings out the best in other artists. However, the main focus will always remain on the incredible vocals that seem to effortlessly pour out of Gaga.
On “Free Woman,” the words “I'm not nothing without a steady hand/ I'm not nothing unless I know I can/ I'm still something if I don't got a man/ I'm a free woman,” are met with Lady Gaga’s fiery and fierce vocals that add an extra level of unfettered grace and confidence. It’s clear that the pop star’s signature powerhouse voice paired with such infallible lyrics are meant to resonate with anyone looking for strength amidst sorrow.
We come upon “Chromatica II” and transition from upbeat, disco-pop, dreaminess to Gaga’s signature outlandishly surreal side. “911” and “Plastic Doll” already has us dreaming up the trailblazing, far-out, visuals that the artist is known for. The grandiose collaboration that occurs when Lady Gaga and BLACKPINK come together on “Sour Candy” also has us salivating for an all-sense stimulating music video accompaniment.
Finally, we move to “Chromatica III”, the final chapter of the album that sends jolts of excitement down our spines. This last portion of Chromatica elicits the idea that those who are loving, tolerant, and kind always triumph in the end, hence Lady Gaga’s coining of the phrase, “kindness punks.”
As Gaga and Elton John’s prowess meld beautifully together on “Sine From Above” it’s as if we are getting the auditory representation of when two stars collide while the universe feels an overwhelming release of cosmic energy. Elton and Lady Gaga ring out the lyrics, “I heard one sine from above/I heard one sine from above/Then the signal split in two/The sound created stars like me and you/Before there was love, there was silence/I heard one sine/And it healed my heart, heard a sine,” as if to remind us that no one is alone in their despair.
Chromatica concludes with the jubilant, vogue-inducing, “Babylon.” The song pulls influence from the sounds of the 1980s drag house-ballroom culture, as well as gospel music. The album comes to a close as Gaga firmly chants, “battle for your life/ Babylon,” once again echoing, that Lady Gaga will always exist as a figure in music, culture, and history whose main mission is to spread the gospel of self-acceptance.
Chromatica is now available everywhere.