Chromatica is the 6th studio album by Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga. It’s been 12 years since her “The Fame” debut but she still manages to hold her seat as the one true diva of pop music. The album was released under Interscope Records on May 29th, 2020. This was a month after the intended original release date of April 10th but was postponed due to the Corona virus pandemic.
The album is distinctly divided into three parts Chromatica 1 made up of five songs, Chromatica 11, made up of five songs, and Chromatica 111, made up of three songs, all of which explores even deeper parts of her personal life. While most people expect artists to go real mellow for a personal album is like she did with Joanne, but anyone who is used to Gaga’s artistry will know she really rips off the emotional band aids with her more upbeat song choices like with this album. The last track Babylon is one for ballrooms.
Chromatica is the kind of 90’s house music album every pop star wishes to make now but fails at, Gaga does not only make it, she also succeeds at doing it. The album is taken above expectation with its very heavy subject matters that are intensely personal to her but relatable to her millions of fans and other music lovers. This is the album that while jumping and dancing your pain away on the dance floor the lyrics hit you harder and you begin to cry from her identifying your secret pain.
There are specific elements that mark every Gaga release, the promise of top-notch vocal prowess, and the range here is next level showcasing her vocal techniques. Another is theatricalization, and this is already evident from the release of the lead single Stupid Love and its accompanying video, the release of its promotional single Sour Candy featuring BLACKPINK, and her collaborative single Rain on me with Ariana Grande and its accompanying video, that we may be getting more of an ArtPop Gaga back. Another element is great lead singles like Million Reasons, Born this Way, Bad Romance, and Applause, and now Stupid Love is just as groundbreaking.
In-depth the album is extremely personal, just like most of her work but this is probably the most personal Gaga has gotten over the years. This album is born from trauma, it talks about finding herself, feeling of insecurity, PTSD triggers, antipsychotic meds, sexual assault, and all of this are evident with lyrics like “…I am completely lonely… I am not perfect but I will keep on trying…”
Also, one outstanding feature is that of Elton John on Sine From Above. This is a long-overdue feature given that they are godfamily, and his musical career have been marked by the same excess and extravagance mixed with soulful melodies that Gaga possesses.
This album is a 9/10 because it is personal and genius on so many levels.