Updated: Nov 28, 2020
Travel to Chromatica at your own risk
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Lady Gaga's highly anticipated album 'Chromatica' has finally landed and it's getting mixed reviews. With collaborations featuring Ariana Grande, Sir Elton John, and BLACKPINK, this will mark Gaga's 6th studio record. According to HITSDD, 'Chromatica' is set to debut at #1 on the US charts this week after a projected 265-285K in sales.
Moving towards the content of the album, Gaga did not hold back when it came to spoken word. It seems that Gaga is always ahead of the curb when it comes to fads and trends, and she may be onto something when introducing us to the world of Chromatica. Blending orchestral interludes with a nasty electronic beat transition from Chromatica II to 911. This combination is one of the stand-outs in the album in my honest opinion. Who else if not Lady Gaga, would combine orchestral strings with electronic drops and make it sound like one of the most cohesive pieces you've ever heard. Gaga is always trying to avoid the curve when it comes to her albums. She created a literal world during a pandemic and with the current state of the United States, we could all use a little happiness right now. Chromatica, which was originally slated for release on April 10th, was delayed due to the pandemic currently going on in the world.
At first glance, Chromatica can be overlooked as a pop-dance record. However, this album tells the story of a disheartened woman finding her power. After her Oscar win for "A Star is Born", Gaga fell into a deep depression. This drove the concept of Chromatica in the sessions of this album. Through that darkness came one of Lady Gaga's most memorable records to date. This album will go down in history as one of the most creative dance albums ever to have existed. It's truly a body of art that deserves to be listened to from beginning to end, with no shuffle.
The album itself is split up into three acts, Chromatica I, II and III. Each serving up a different message with its tracks. "Free Woman" has a stand out lyric that in part describes the album as a whole.
This is my dance floor I fought for
-Free Woman by Lady Gaga
The song itself talks about a lot of pain she has experienced, specifically being sexually assaulted by a music producer. While speaking to Zane Lowe on her Apple Music interview she had this to say:
"It's compounded all of my feelings about life, feelings about the world, feelings about the industry, what I had to compromise and go through to get to where I am. And I had to put it there. And when I was able to finally celebrate it, I said, 'You know what? 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.'
It's me going, 'I'm no longer going to define myself as a survivor, or a victim of sexual assault. I just am a person that is free, who went through some fucked-up shit."
-Lady Gaga for Apple Music
The album as a whole takes you on a journey of self-love and discovery. There will be ups and downs, but you can still see the crack in that mother fucking reflection. (bonus points if you get that reference) While this may have not been the perfect time for this record to drop, when the world is back up on its toes, there is a high chance you will hear this album in any gay club you go to.