Lady Gaga | Chromatica
Each era from Lady Gaga following Fame and Born IN THIS MANNER heyday is more disarming compared to the last – increasingly structured around an aesthetic idea with a commensurate conceptual looseness. With Chromatica , a 16-track LP split into three segments with numbered instrumental interludes, Gaga supplies the vague notion of “inclusivity” as a thematic entry in to the album, which should be regarding its aesthetic goals as opposed to the lyrical content or the type of its production – the songs on the album are worried with self-empowerment and determination, and of the three collaborations on the album, Elton John’s may be the only 1 that extends beyond mere ornamentation. The music itself generically draws from house and the genre’s associated visuals, suggesting futuristic space technology and intergalactic locales, positioning the record because the soundtrack to a utopian rave. Indeed, the songs themselves sound largely more generic than some of Gaga’s previous work: tracks like “Fun Tonight” and “Sour Candy” are forgettable assumes contemporary pop trends, while “911,” “Enigma,” and closer “Babylon” start out with some interesting ideas but don’t progress.
On what’s probably her most image-forward album, the tongue-in-cheek embrace of contradictions – aesthetic, thematic, and conceptual – which made her last two studio albums such exciting listens is left out in the parade of upbeat crowd-pleasers. The album’s strongest points, such as for example single “Rain On Me” and tracks “Plastic Doll” and “Sine from Above,” lean right into a particular facet of the planet Gaga appears to be building here, linking emotionally grounded lyrics with the techno-dance sound, where in fact the remaining album is too anonymous to contribute meaningfully to the intended aesthetic statement. Those three songs also feature the very best melodic progressions overall record, which, in conjunction with the pleasant cohesiveness of its overall production, encourages repeat listens. Still, some ear candy isn’t enough, as Chromatica does not measure with Lady Gaga’s best material.