Lady Gaga is letting the Little Monsters into the world of Chromatica, her sixth studio album. After a country-tinged detour with 2016's Joanne, she swerves back into her dance-pop lane with a vengeance. As we enter LGBTQ+ Pride month, Gaga comes through and serves new, out-of-this-world club anthems.
Even though Chromatica sounds worlds away from Joanne, Lady Gaga actually teamed up again with pop producer Bloodpop, who was behind most of the tracks on both albums. As pop music experiences a disco-esque renaissance, Gaga is at the forefront of the house music revival with Chromatica. She sings her heart out and sings the house down.
Alongside Bloodpop, Lady Gaga worked with many EDM power players on Chromatica like Madeon on "911" and Skrillex on "Plastic Doll." She previewed the album back in February with the lead single "Stupid Love" that was co-written by hitmaker Max Martin. This is another evolution of Gaga within the electronic space that put her on the map and she's not just in league of her own- Gaga is in her own damn universe.
Welcome to Chromatica. Sit back, relax, put your good head phones on, and get ready to indulge in the best of what the planet has to offer. Here's five of my favorite songs on Lady Gaga's latest exploration.
1. "Sour Candy"
Two worlds collide on "Sour Candy," Lady Gaga's collaboration with K-Pop group BLACKPINK. For a lesson on how house music should sound in 2020, this song is IT. The women of BLACKPINK and Gaga offer themselves a sweet snack with plenty of bite. Jennie, Lisa, Rosé, and Jisoo strut their stuff in Korean and English alongside a Gaga that sounds reminiscent of her "Bloody Mary" era. Throughout Gaga teases, "Take a bite." The ladies serve it up effortlessly on this fierce offering. Eat it.
2. "Rain on Me"
Disco and house music come together on the glorious "Rain on Me." Lady Gaga teams up with Ariana Grande on the Daft Punk-esque banger. There's been plenty of songs in the past about hoping for no rain on the parade, but these two pop powerhouses embrace the storm with a massive dance party. "I hear the thunder coming down, won't you rain on me?" they sing together. Rain or shine, Gaga and Grande come through with a wet and wild club anthem. Singing in the shower will never be the same.
Lady Gaga lives her Alice in Wonderland fantasy on "Alice." Outside of an intro interlude, this is the true album opener. Gaga falls down the rabbit hole into Chromatica and finds some soul along the way. Atop house music beats courtesy of Bloodpop and Swedish House Mafia's Axwell, she digs deep to deliver a growling "Set me free!" Like when Britney Spears tackled "Cinderella" for her 2001 self-titled album, Gaga channels the despair of a literary queen into an enchanting and empowering moment.
4. "Sine from Above"
After teaming up for "Hello, Hello" for the 2011 film Gnomeo & Juliet, Lady Gaga and Elton John regroup for the infinitely better "Sine from Above." The most ambitious track on Chromatica is fit for both divas to go in and absolutely slay it. "When I was young I prayed for lightning," Gaga sings atop plucked strings that are reminiscent of raindrops. Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso showers the duo with waves of synths. Instead of getting washed away, Gaga and John rise above it on this duet that's heaven sent.
5. "1000 Doves"
Lady Gaga soars on "1000 Doves." The song was co-written by Rami Yacoub, who is known for his work with Max Martin on classic hits like Britney Spears' "Stronger" and the Backstreet Boys' "Shape of My Heart." On Chromatica's mid-tempo moment, Gaga carries the track on the strength of her powerful voice. When she likens herself to the bird of hope, Mother Monster's compassion comes through clear as day on this stunning club anthem.
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