May 29, 2020 at 1:01 am #1203506876
Why did the Sophie-produced track had to be a bonus track? Sigh
It’s so goodMay 29, 2020 at 3:44 am #1203507012
I find the album to be cohesive. There are a few skips but she succeeds in maintaining the atmosphere throughout the album, that retro-futuristic pop feel. I also find it to be pretty tongue-in-cheek and camp. There are some problems with the lyrics in that at times they’re not camp enough and also not personal enough either. So you end up with lyrics that feel like the standard stale pop fare. The song structure is very pop-ish, for better or worse.
I’m personally not a fan of that verse – pre-chorus structure. It kills tension a bit. A lot of the times you have to wait until the chorus for the song to start rocking.
Pantheon of acting: Uta / Elizabeth / Richard / Sandy (Virginia Woolf), Bibi / Liv (Persona), Sandrine (La Ceremonie), Brie (Short Term 12), Jodie (Silence of the Lambs), Jodie (Killing Eve), Eva (Penny Dreadful), Timothée (CMBYN), Lupita (Us)May 29, 2020 at 4:07 am #1203507021
Just listened. Think it’s a brilliantly cohesive piece of work and every song flows so well into the next. Not sure each will hold up individually but I’d rather this than an album full of single worthy tracks that had nothing to do with eachother. Babylon, though, is an alltimer.May 29, 2020 at 4:11 am #1203507024
Just listened. Think it’s a brilliantly cohesive piece of work and every song flows so well into the next. Not sure each will hold up individually but I’d rather this than an album full of single worthy tracks that had nothing to do with eachother
I agree. I honestly almost never listen to any Ray Of Light song except the title track and Frozen sometimes. But it just feels like a great album because it’s very cohesive. I think cohesive albums where every song is great are very rare. Pure Heroine comes to mind.
Pantheon of acting: Uta / Elizabeth / Richard / Sandy (Virginia Woolf), Bibi / Liv (Persona), Sandrine (La Ceremonie), Brie (Short Term 12), Jodie (Silence of the Lambs), Jodie (Killing Eve), Eva (Penny Dreadful), Timothée (CMBYN), Lupita (Us)May 29, 2020 at 4:13 am #1203507026
Babylon is a bangerMay 29, 2020 at 4:53 am #1203507076
Fun Tonight is the best song she’s written in years. And that’s about it.May 29, 2020 at 7:28 am #1203507209
Gaga is held to such an absurdly high standard. It’s sad to see a lot of her comments turn out to be from early in her career re: her legacy being felt more once she was gone. I don’t know how to speak in posts shorter than a novel, so to sum up my main points:
Chromatica combines K-POP with Elton John in a restrained, cohesive way that she has been unable to do previously (Born This Way) on an album that perfectly blends her dance-pop glory days with the maturity of her ASIB rebirth; its personal without being burdensome (Joanne); its a digestible body-of-work crammed into the restraints of the streaming era’s 3:00 max but still touches on every topic needed to remain uncancelled: mental health, addiction, feminism, objectification, the religion of science, bullying.
It is not only a well-curated #1 album, but it’s already amassed commercial success beyond most recent contenders for AOTY: Stupid Love (#5), Rain On Me (#1), and Sour Candy (~#15 – 40). She should also get 1 solo Top 40 out of: Alice, Fun Tonight, Replay, or Free Woman, and another hit collaboration with Sine From Above (hopefully after 08/31).
The only songs that weren’t more than a B+ for me were Enigma and Babylon. I wish I could add ~1:00 to several tracks, but I don’t see why the following nominations would be unwarranted:
1. GENERAL FIELD: AOTY, SOTY (Rain On Me; hoping for Fun Tonight)
2. POP: BPVA, BPD/G (2020, Rain On Me; 2021, Sine From Above)
With a peak of 78 on metacritic and 0 GF wins, why would she write anything at the level of Bad Romance when it wasn’t even nominated for ROTY or SOTY? Why would she deliver a vocal performance on the level of Shallow if, despite being the most awarded song in history, it was 0/2 in the GF?
If The Fame (71) wasn’t influential enough to warrant a GF win; if The Fame Monster (78) wasn’t proof enough that she had the skills to back up her celebrity; if Born This Way (71) wasn’t experimental or ambitious enough; if A Star is Born (78) wasn’t undeniable in its cross-genre, worldwide appeal, then why did anyone expect a record that matches the ground-breaking songwriting of Future Nostalgia (88) and Chart domination of its followup singles to Don’t Start Now? In the days where bridges have gone extinct, Chromatica is a quality response from Gaga re: her relevancy and status.
Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)May 29, 2020 at 7:34 am #1203507215
I’m waiting on Boz to give his/her/their review of the album. I’ve been anticipating it all of last night and this morning, honestly.
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