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  • I’m halfway through and this might become my fave album of hers.
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    • Besides Alice I quite like Babylon and Enigma too.

      Overall, it certainly is a decent record. Just not sharp enough to really impress me.


      • It's a really nice album. An amazing improvement from her past 2 records imo. Alice, ROM, Fun Tonight, Plastic Doll and Sour Candy are my faves from now.

        The ones I really disliked tho, are Enigma, Replay and SFA.


        • Just finished and I really liked it on first listen. I feel like it’s a true body of work. It does sound miles better than “Artpop” but still I won’t compare it to her other albums because I only had one listen and I probably won’t know where this album stands for me after some months and see how it ages / evolves. All I’m going to say is that the first listen was good.

          I think it’s well produced and I actually liked several of the album tracks more than the actual singles (they seemed more interesting to me).

          Also what’s with the “Fun Tonight” hate? ... It’s not a bad track at all and not the worst one on the album either.

          On first listen the strongest tracks or moments for me where: “Alice”, “Enigma” and “Sine From Above”.

          I would also get rid off those d*mb interludes

          Anyways .. Good solid album!
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          • Played the album quite a few times already, I think already five times, a few tracks even more and the whole album has been a nice grower already.

            I currently have a very clear Top4:

            1. Alice
            2. Rain On Me
            3. Sour Candy
            4. Sine From Above

            "Alice" is brilliant. If it won't be a single then it's definitely this albums "Dancin' In Circles" for me.


            • Played this several times now and I am totally loving it! She really made me do a 180 with my initial reaction! Will be definitely ending up among my favorite Gaga albums.


              • My top 5 is currently is
                01. Alice
                02. Rain On Me
                03. Babylon
                04. Replay
                05. 911


                • Guys havent got listening to the full Chromatica album yet, waiting on the deluxe album in the post, just wanted to mention i have been floored by Free Woman


                  • I want to congratulate Gaga on another album which I like to listen to. It's still too early for me to form a real opinion. But I think this album is "good". That's all I can say right now.
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                    • By the way, I'm glad "Love Me Right" stayed as a deluxe physical only bonus tracks.. It doesn't fit with the rest of the album at all.

                      I think "Replay" is my guilty pleasure of the album... It's soooo Eurovision of the 00s...


                      • 79 at Metacritic based on 12 reviews so far


                        • Originally posted by nympho View Post
                          By the way, I'm glad "Love Me Right" stayed as a deluxe physical only bonus tracks.. It doesn't fit with the rest of the album at all.

                          I think "Replay" is my guilty pleasure of the album... It's soooo Eurovision of the 00s...
                          Yes I agree. While "Love Me Right" is cute, it doesn't fit the album.
                          And yessss for the Replay love.
                          "I see it, I like it, I want it... I GOT IT."


                          • My top 5 at the moment:

                            1. Sine From Above (with Elton John)
                            2. Replay
                            3. Rain On Me (with Ariana Grande)
                            4. Enigma
                            5. Alice
                            "I see it, I like it, I want it... I GOT IT."


                            • On repeat all day and night. Such a feel good album.
                              Can't believe I like this as much as I do. Love her little lyrical reference to "Paparazzi" and "The Fame" in one of the tracks. Clever lyrics.

                              Just heard Love me Right, nice lil track, gives me The Cure vibes.
                              Last edited by InFamous; Fri May 29th, 2020, 23:21.


                              • Originally posted by dylonj View Post
                                This is fine. I was not expecting it to be a dance album through and through. I’m not sure where the singles are though. This albums was made for the white gays. This will be massive in the clubs (when and if they reopen).
                                911 and Plastic Doll are immediate flops for me though. I want to put Replay with the aforementioned (yikes the lyrics) BUT I love the disco influence. It definitely reminds me of How Did You Know by Kurtis Mantronik presents Chamonix.

                                Sine sounds like early 2000’s trance BUT the outro is so jarring. It definitely could have been done better. I get that they were going for something massive but it failed IMO. Babylon is pure 90’s.
                                As if the black gays won't go crazy for this album too.


                                • Listening right now. Sour Candy is a bop! It reminds me of Nicki's 'Truffle Butter' and Katy's "Swish Swish" So far, so great. I think this is already up there with Future Nostalgia as my fave albums so far this year.
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                                  • Lady Gaga slayed!!!!! I'm so in love with this album. Pure perfection from start to finish. I have no complains!
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                                    • I love the album however I feel like a lot of songs would fit on her previous albums. It feels like some of the production might sound dated earlier than it should.

                                      Still, it's a good, fun pop album!
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                                        Ranking All 16 Songs From Lady Gaga's 'Chromatica': Critic's Picks

                                        After teases, delays, leaks, and surprise drops, the wait is finally over; Lady Gaga's sixth studio album Chromatica has finally arrived.

                                        From front to back, Chromatica plays as a return to form for Gaga, as she not only embraces the dance pop that once made her a global superstar overnight, but twists it, splits it in half, sews it back together and reforms it as something else entirely. With thrilling production throughout (courtesy of her executive producer BloodPop) and some exceedingly personal songwriting, Chromatica is just about everything that fans could have hoped for.

                                        But which of the album's songs stand head and shoulder's above the rest? Take a look at our definitive ranking of all 16 songs off of Lady Gaga's Chromatica below:

                                        16, 15, 14. “Chromatica I," “Chromatica II," & “Chromatica III”

                                        Look, orchestral interludes are nice, if not unnecessary. On Chromatica, the numbered titular tracks serve like friendly act breaks, announcing a new musical movement of the album's grand score. And while that's all well and good, you can't compare a few 30-second string sections with Gaga's undeniable dance-pop.

                                        13. “Free Woman”

                                        On an album as musically coherent as Chromatica, "Free Woman" stands out as the truncated afterthought of a song. The beat is certainly fun, the melody is definitely catchy, but there's nothing in the fabric of the song that passes the Gaga test of grabbing you by your shirt collar and refusing to let you go. Especially following up the massive energy of singles like "Stupid Love" and "Rain on Me," "Free Woman" simply pales in comparison to the rest of the album's impressive track list.

                                        12. “Fun Tonight"

                                        Imagine if Lady Gaga took "Edge of Glory," slowed it down a touch, and removed a considerable portion of the fist-pumping production at it's center — you don't have to imagine, actually, since that song is named "Fun Tonight." The songwriting ultimately counterbalances the underwhelming productions elements of this sobbing-on-the-dancefloor track, but it can't save "Fun Tonight" from falling to the wayside early on.

                                        11. “1000 Doves”

                                        There's something truly enjoyable about the way Gaga embraces cheesiness on "1000 Doves" -- nowhere does the song feel like it's aiming for subtlety, especially when Gaga exclaims lyrics like "I've been flying with some broken arms." While the song is certainly a fun riff on a familiar Mother Monster trope, it eventually wears thin by minute three, becoming a quick example of a song that could have been easily cut from the album.

                                        10. “Plastic Doll”

                                        Throughout her career, Gaga has made it clear that of her favorite topics to write songs about, the concept of fame reigns supreme. "Plastic Doll" serves as an interesting new entry into her pantheon of songs about stardom, as she transforms herself into a Barbie-fied persona asking that the world stop toying with her. Gaga's vocals shine through on this fun deep cut, boasting her voice's near-elastic versatility and power.

                                        9. “Babylon”

                                        At this point, comparing Lady Gaga to Madonna is a hackneyed tradition in modern pop music (Madonna would call it "reductive," but same difference). But sometimes you can't help it -- album closer "Babylon" sounds so strikingly similar to "Vogue" that it's practically unmissable; check out the two songs' chunky piano lines, speak-sung choruses, and similar chord structures. It doesn't matter much at the end of the day, since "Babylon" still ends up being an infectious track that will make you want to turn your living room into a runway.

                                        8. “Sour Candy” (feat. Blackpink)

                                        The impressive feat of "Sour Candy" is its ability to give each of the track's five participants equal, well-balanced time in just two and a half short minutes. Jisoo, Lisa, Rosé and Jennie of Blackpink all get their opportunity to shine, with Gaga only appearing in the middle of the song to sing one pre-chorus and a verse. Even still, "Sour Candy" feels like it's missing just a little something — had we gotten a slick rap verse from either Jennie or Lisa towards the song's close, that could have rounded out an otherwise very fun track.

                                        7. “Sine From Above” (ft. Elton John)

                                        More than any other song on Chromatica, "Sine From Above" feels like Gaga's mission statement for the album, even if it's appearing just before the album's close. She sings emotively about the power of music as an almost religious figure, and the song's massive drop sends it shooting into outer space. Elton John's assist on the track feels strange -- the effects laid over his voice falter as it slips into an uncanny valley. And then, with just 30 seconds left, the track kicks into a confusing and ultimately unnecessary sonic overdrive. Still, "Sine From Above" feels special in a way that the previous tracks on this list simply don't.

                                        6. "Alice”

                                        Remember how deliriously entertaining early 2000s post-rave dance music was? Lady Gaga certainly does as she exhibits on what essentially serves as the album opener, "Alice." Referring back to her favorite Lewis Carroll character, Gaga throws listeners down a sonic rabbit hole of kick drums and shimmering synths as she declares over and over again that, while her name may not be "Alice," she going to "keep looking for Wonderland."

                                        5. “Stupid Love”

                                        There is no doubt that "Stupid Love" was the correct choice as Chromatica's lead single. Even three months after hearing it for the first time, "Stupid Love" still offers spine-tingling pop euphoria on each listen. The drilling bass, mixed with the unbridled joy in Gaga's voice, creates an emotional domino effect where you can help but smile as the song comes to its close. It may be the most saccharine of Chromatica's songs by far, but that only works in its favor as Gaga storms her way back into the electro-pop arena.

                                        4. "Enigma”

                                        It's been a long six and a half years since Artpop was first released, and in that amount of time, Little Monsters have cemented it as the culturally misunderstood fan-favorite LP in her catalog. On "Enigma," it's almost as if Gaga is thanking those fans with a wink — the unflappable electropop production with a disco twist feels like it was lifted right from Artpop's cutting room floor. The lyrics, meanwhile, feel like they're describing the feeling that surrounded the mythos of the infamous album, as Gaga's growling voice declares "We could be anything you want." The electrifying groove of "Enigma" will certainly have you up and dancing, and perhaps even giving Artpop the second chance it deserves.

                                        3. “911”

                                        Who knew that a song about antipsychotics could be so deeply great? "911" illustrates a fundemental truth about Lady Gaga — she is in her element when she is delivering camp. Even on a song about the very real struggle of dealing with mental illness and its subsequent medication, Gaga can't help but turn it into the sleek, techno-groove stepdaughter of Born This Wayfan favorite "Government Hooker." The deeply satisfying production, courtesy of BloodPop and Madeon, mixed with some ridiculously clever songwriting from both producers, Gaga, and pop mainstay Justin Tranter make "911" an easy homerun.

                                        2. “Rain on Me” (duet with Ariana Grande)

                                        "Rain on Me" is not only a tour de force for Gaga's production team (which it very clearly is), but a perfect example of a collaboration gone extremely right. Ariana Grande may not be the first name you think of pairing with Gaga, but the minute Gaga's dramatic alto mixes with Grande's airy soprano on the song's second pre-chorus, everything just feels right. The incredible dance-disco production and uplifting songwriting help make the song great, but its the unmatched chemistry between the two pop divas that makes it one of Gaga's best.

                                        1. “Replay”

                                        No, the title of Chromatica's twelfth song is not just an instruction for which button you should press once the album has ended. "Replay" is nothing but pure, unadulterated fun, even when its lyrics are about being stuck in an unhealthy relationship with yourself. The '70s disco groove, mixed with the deep house elements that BloodPop expertly weaved throughout the fabric of the album, makes for some of the most danceable music on the album. Meanwhile, lyrics like "Every single day, yeah, I dig a grave/ Then I sit inside it, wondering if I'll behave" will cut to your emotional core while you're still dancing. If that's not enough, the final drop strikes like a lightning bolt, culminating into the perfect storm of dance-pop that fans have been eagerly awaiting from Lady Gaga for years.

                                        Not Billboard picking Replay as the best track in Chromatica


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                                          I love Replay!!!

                                      • Anyone have any idea why she decided to call it Sine and not Sign ?

                                        She was hardly referencing the trigonometric function?


                                        • ^ it’s referring to a sine sound wave
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                                          • Just listened to this for the second time and this really is the first Gaga album that makes me feel absolutely nothing. I will keep listening to it because I've been waiting for her return to pop for six years there’s gotta be something more to like here.

                                            I can not stress enough how outstanding the transition from "Chromatica II" to "911" is. And "911" is such a good song ugh. What an eargasm.

                                            Still angry about how they destroyed "Sine From Above". Those verses are SO damn beautiful but that 2014 EDM and the unnecessary outro...It joins "Hard to Forget Ya" by Knee on the list of songs with crazy good verses and trash choruses.
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                                            • IMMA FREEEEE WOM-AAAHAAAAHAHAAAAAHAHAHAHAEHEHEHEEEEEN!!!!!

                                              My top 5.
                                              1. Sour Candy
                                              2. Babylon
                                              3. Enigma
                                              4. Replay/Alice
                                              5. Free Woman

                                              This is hands down her most cohesive album. This album is gonna hit some of girls like a bag of bricks in some months watch.
                                              Last edited by ThaInfo1; Sat May 30th, 2020, 04:36.
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                                              - Ugh, those feels again


                                              • Originally posted by nympho View Post

                                                Not Billboard picking Replay as the best track in Chromatica
                                                Because it is! Ugh that song is brilliant.


                                                • I still wonder how cool it would be if she had a commercial or promo video for the album shot at the album shoot featuring Alice and the thing she is laying on opening and her actually falling through a hole into the world of Chromatica


                                                  • adamf2thedeath
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                                                    And you thought the name ‘Chromatica’ was cringey & cheesey but taking the obvious Alice theme to full completion isn’t.

                                                • Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                  79 at Metacritic based on 12 reviews so far
                                                  Up to 81 with 13 reviews.


                                                  It would be even higher without that 2.5/5 Slant review that is lowering the average... But anyway. Happy with the praise so far.


                                                  • Album of the year <3

                                                    My Top 4
                                                    1. 911
                                                    2. Replay
                                                    3. Rain on me
                                                    4. Alice


                                                    • After listening to the album like 20 times I think I can say it’s my 2nd fav album of Gaga just behind TFM.

                                                      I discover new sounds, aspects and meaning to the lyrics with each new listen.

                                                      I think I’m obsessed with “Sine from above”. That song is everything.


                                                      • I think this will be fighting with BTW and ARTPOP as my 3rd fav. release by her. It can't beat TFM or Joanne for me so far.


                                                        • Originally posted by musiclover2174 View Post
                                                          Sour Candy is a bop! It reminds me of Nicki's 'Truffle Butter' and Katy's "Swish Swish" So far, so great.

                                                          I was wondering for quite some time which song "Sour Candy" reminded me! This is it! You're right!

                                                          Originally posted by nympho View Post
                                                          After listening to the album like 20 times I think I can say it’s my 2nd fav album of Gaga just behind TFM.
                                                          This! I believe "Chromatica" is a strong and cohesive record!
                                                          And the 8th day God created KYLIE!!! <3