It’s time to rejoice Little Monsters! Staying true to her promise, Lady Gaga has dropped her coveted and much-awaited sixth album, Chromatica in the early hours of 29th May. Made of hypnotic dance beats and powerful lyrics with Gaga’s entrancing voice guiding the way, Chromatica deserves, no demands a celebration of pop and aplomb, which the 34-year-old singer has promised we will get once the lockdown is done and dusted with.
The 16-track album, led by singles “Stupid Love,” “Rain on Me” (a collaboration with Ariana Grande), and “Sour Candy” (featuring Lady Gaga making some serious musical mojo with the K-pop group BLACKPINK), marks Gaga’s return to the world of pop since she released her third album Artpop. And not only does Chromatic bring back the synthetic impulses imbued with glittery dance beats that adorned Lady Gaga’s early albums, but it also spells out her emotional journey through the years.
The recently launched album is divided into three sections- “Chromatica I,” “Chromatica II” and “Chromatica III”- weaving a new chapter in Gaga’s life that is taking place on her self-named planet, Chromatica.
Ahead of the album’s release, Lady Gaga had shared with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that “sound is what healed me in my life” and Chromatica is an ode to it. “It’s about healing and it’s about bravery as well, and it’s really like, when we talk about love, I think it’s so important to include the fact that it requires a ton of bravery to love someone,” she explained.
“I think what I’ve learned is that I can view the world in whatever way I choose to see it, and it doesn’t mean that I’m deleting the bad things, it just means that I can reframe my life experiences and reframe also the way that the world frames life experiences to a way that I love and believe in, and that is Chromatica. I live on Chromatica, that is where I live. I went into my frame — I found Earth, I deleted it. Earth is canceled. I live on Chromatica.”
“Chromatica I” opens the dance anthem where Lady Gaga is on a path of self-discovery as she promises to keep “looking for Wonderland.” It is followed by the previously released “Stupid Love” and “Rain on Me.” Next comes the empowering “Free Woman”, then “Fun Tonight” that details Gaga’s own struggles with depression and mental illness.
“Chromatica II” and “Chromatica III” follow similar tracks where Gaga explores her past and reminisces her ongoing road of finding her strength and discovering herself. The third half has another magnificent collab, featuring Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John’s dance ballad “Sine From Above.”