Lady Gaga is a name that needs no introduction. She’s been one of the biggest superstars in pop music over the last decade, ever since she burst on the scene with the infectious "Just Dance"
Chromatica, she’s since explained, can be thought of both as an inclusive place where all sounds and colors mix. But it’s also an inclusive frame of mind, she told Zane Lowe in a recent interview:
“I don’t know that I’ve ever made an album that wasn’t on Chromatica in some type of way, meaning like my frame of mind is always a part of my music, and this is just my way of kind of expressing, even in a both literal and abstract way.”
This album takes a smash hit with Ariana Grande collaboration ‘Rain on Me’, which may just be Gaga’s best song since 2011’s ‘Born This Way’. Over euphoric synth-pop instrumentals and strutting disco beats, Gaga quotes:
In a fist-pumping moment of pure retirement. There can be 100 songs you’ve written, and 99 don’t leave an impact, but all it takes is one as good as ‘Rain On Me’ to remain a pop icon.
“I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive”
If collaborating with Ariana Grande and Elton John was her way of embracing the pop music’s past and present, Gaga also looks to the present and future, teaming up with K-pop group BLACKPINK on ‘Sour Candy – a ‘90s house smasher filled with synth vocals (which flit between English and Korean) and a outstanding bassline.
Though it may not feel like Gaga is looking to reinvent the music industry as it often did with past albums, it does feel like she has found something unique to bring to pop music this time too. Other pop stars have often played off of the musical elements Gaga does on this album and failed to sound like themselves, but through and through, the project feels like a Gaga album.
Chromatica is a stunning return to the dancefloor in a different form that remains true to Gaga, with a renewed heart we’ve been all waiting for.