Ever since Lady Gaga released her debut single Just dance in the United States, she has been able to surprise everyone with her avant-garde mannerisms and actions. On top of that, she was able to influence everyone with her out-of-this-world outfits, which made her a fashion icon.
After the release of her first single, she then released what would become one of the most successful songs of all time, Poker face. Through her second song, she was able to make a mark in the entertainment industry.
Lady Gaga: A hitmaker
Gaga went on making hit after hit such as ‘Papapparazi, Love game, Bad Romance, Telephone’, Alejandro, Born this way, Judas, You and I, Edge of Glory, Marry the Night, Applause, Dope, Million reasons, Shallow, Always remember us this way, I’ll never love again, Stupid love, and Rain on me.’ Her catalogue is so huge that the aforementioned songs do not even make half the list of her top hits.
Currently, she has 5 top 1 hits, 17 top 10 hits, and 6 number 1 albums on the Billboard hot 100 and 200. Her debut album ‘The Fame’ has spent 142 weeks on the chart and is still charting. Keep in mind that the said album was released 14 years ago, yet it is still dominating streaming platforms and services.
A star is born
Before she released one of her best albums to date, Chromatica, she first went on to lead one of the best musical-drama movies of all time, A star is born. She starred alongside Bradley Cooper who is not only the leading man but also the director of the film. Lady Gaga received massive critical acclaim through this movie and was able to make a mark in the film industry. She won an Oscar, Golden Globe, Bafta, Grammy, Critics Choice award and many more for their song ‘Shallow.’
Shallow is not only a movie song but is now the most awarded song of all time, beating Beyonce’s ‘Formation.’ This song became a worldwide success and made the public hungry for more Lady Gaga content. Thus, released her long-awaited sixth studio album, Chromatica.
Chromatica: The pursuit of happiness and healing
Chromatica was released in the year 2020, which was when the pandemic hit the world. It was a breath of fresh air from all the negative happenings that society was experiencing. We didn’t know what would take our minds off all the problems, but Lady Gaga knew that she could change the lives of many through her album.
Gaga mentioned that although Chromatica is a dance album, it’s more than a record you can play at parties. She mentioned that this was her way to get help and pursue happiness and healing. She was able to mix the electro-pop with well-written lyrics that will make her listeners party all night long, but also reflect on their lives.
Chromatica went on to top the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits Stupid love, Rain on me, and 911. According to critics, this is one if not the best albums Gaga released in recent years. Keep in mind that although the public appreciates her other projects which are focused on Jazz music such as ‘Cheek to cheek’ and ‘Love for sale’, we can’t deny that we knew Gaga because of her great dance music.
A review of Gaga’s Chromatica I album
Although some people may see Chromatica as just EDM or house music, it’s more than just that. There are layers to this album that make it an ear candy record with deep meaning. Listed below are all the songs on the Chromatica I album that makes it so iconic and such a great introduction to the whole record together with the meaning of each single. Find out more here in Pop Culture & Halloween Events CO.
Despite the absence of vocals, Chromatic One is a menacing and string-heavy prelude that does an excellent job of setting the stage for an epic journey. When the album does eventually begin, there is a sudden shift in both the music and the atmosphere that is jarring in all the best ways.
The first song of the album is a play on the words of ‘My name isn’t Alice, but I’ll keep looking for Wonderland’. It’s based on the animated movie Alice in Wonderland, but she tells the world that although she is not Alice from the fictional world, she will still try to look for the beauty of the world.
Lady Gaga reminds us through Alice that although she is experiencing some mental health issues, that doesn’t stop her from finding the good in everything. So, as a listener, it’ll make us realise how important it is to have the strength to find the good because eventually, the only person who can save yourself from drowning is you.
Believe it or not, Stupid love was leaked months before the single was released. A lot of people were aware of what the song is about, so people had low expectations of what it could do chart-wise. However, just like before, Lady Gaga always proves everyone wrong. Stupid love, which became the first single of the album, debuted at the 5th spot on the Billboard hot 100. She now is one of the artists that have a top 5 hit on every studio album.
Stupid love is one of those songs that may seem shallow because of the heavy dance music involved, but when you think about it, the song states that you’ll love the person regardless of the love they give. ‘I want your stupid love, love love’ it’s a direct statement, yet makes us wonder why we love a person even if their love language is not what we would expect it to be.
Rain on me
Lady Gaga collaborated with Ariana Grande for ‘Rain on me’ which made the song not only known to little monsters but also to Ariana’s fans. Believe it or not, this is a recipe for success, and it didn’t disappoint. The song debuted at number one on Billboard hot 100 and became one of the few songs that debuted at the top spot of the chart. Not only that, but it is also the first female collaboration to win the best pop duo/group performance during the 63rd annual Grammys, beating Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, BTS, Justin Bieber with Quavo, Bon Iver and Bad Bunny and Tainy.
Rain on me is the usual dance-pop track that makes you want to groove and party all night long but also makes you feel empowered. It’s an inspiring track since it motivates you to keep on going amidst the challenges and struggles life may throw at you. The lyrics ‘I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive’ resonated with so many people that are experiencing a hard time. Thus, this song saved a lot of people, especially from the pandemic.
There’s no doubt that our society is heavily influenced by men, and Lady Gaga wanted to express this in her album. She repeats in the song ‘I’m a free woman’ because she wants to remind everyone that nothing and no one can control her creative freedom. Keep in mind that when she was just starting, a lot of people were trying to tell her what to do and felt as if she was tied and was not herself.
What’s great about this track is that it’s not only a bold statement from Gaga herself but also a reminder to all women to not let any man be in control. This is so timely, especially since various countries in the United States are banning abortion. It’s not just a song, but a celebration of one’s freedom and a fight against injustices.
The last song on Chromatica I is such an ironic song since, despite the title of the track, Lady gaga repeatedly states ‘I’m not having fun tonight’ with a dance beat. It makes you wonder that there are a lot of people going through a lot of problems, yet still trying their best to put on a mask and show that they’re fine, but deep inside they’re not.
This is also a great song if you happen to experience a breakup. It makes you feel empowered, yet still, understand the sadness of the song. Because of the great composition of the track, it became one of the few fan favourites.
In a nutshell
Chromatica I is such a great introduction to an album that changed the music industry forever. You can’t just listen to this album at random, you have to start with the first category since it will make you understand the importance of listening chronologically.
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