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Chromatica

Lady Gaga

Chromatica

Sixth studio album from the New York pop singer features guest appearances from Blackpink, Ariana Grande and Elton John

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Polydor
UK Release date
29/05/2020
US Release date
29/05/2020
  1. 10.0 |   Albumism

    Given the craziness of the world at the moment on pretty much every level, this album is an excuse, no, gives license for the world to escape to a place of sonic joy, even if just for forty-three minutes
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  2. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Mother Monster’s sixth album returns to the dance floor and favors consistency over flash
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  3. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Lady Gaga returns to dance pop infamy while turning her attention inwards
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  4. 9.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s a non-stop pop rocket into space and a welcome reminder of the unlocked world we once knew
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  5. 9.0 |   DIY

    Now’s never been a better time to get lost in this new destination
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    One of her most consistent and satisfying albums
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    After a po-faced stab at country, Lady Gaga returns to the land of make-believe on a vivid new album that excites and heals
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Returning to the sound of her maximalist electro-pop heyday, Gaga explores buried trauma, mental illness and the complexities of fame on this return to form
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    For a global superstar who is not short of privilege, Gaga does tend towards solipsism – but on her sixth album, she is taking ownership of her own painful experiences
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A star is reborn in this return to fully fledged pop
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    More than ten years after she burst onto the scene with her Madonna-worshipping, take-no-prisoners maximalist dance-pop, Gaga has finally made a worthy follow-up to the album that made us fall in love with her in the first place
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  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    There may not be anything really new here, but why mess with this formula when it can produce such engaging slaps and dancefloor empowerment? Gaga is back, with her bangers intact
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  13. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Her dive back into disco, electro-pop, and house music couldn’t come at a better time
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  14. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    For more than a decade, Lady Gaga has encouraged us to 'just dance' regardless of the pain hidden deep within ourselves. While she may have veered off from her own advice over the past few years, Chromatica proves that Gaga is back and better than ever
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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    Album six sees the provocateur welcome you to a fictional utopia where anything goes and everyone is accepted. We didn't want to leave
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  16. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Borrowing a lot from the pop of the ’80s and early ’90s, much of the album is electro dance-funk at its finest
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  17. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    With incomparable flair, the pop diva returns to her dance-pop days with a fabulously fun and deeply personal album that is at turns bizarre, theatrical, and ambitious
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  18. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Lady Gaga's Chromatica is the most lively and consistent record she's made since Born This Way, embracing everything great about her dance-pop early days and giving it a fresh twist
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  19. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Lady Gaga wants us all to fight the demons back to the dance floor
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  20. 6.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    She is a very talented pop songwriter and a strong vocalist, but sometimes her ideas sometimes get the best of her, and Chromatica is emblematic of that, in all its highs and lows
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  21. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It’s not a bad record by any means, but going back to this electro-pop sound with such a hackneyed mindset has harboured a regression I didn’t want to see from Ms. Germanotta, especially after making such headway with Joanne
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  22. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Chromatica has its moments, but it isn't an album to play on repeat
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  23. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    That the singer continues to mine the same territory, both musically and conceptually, suggests the empress truly has no clothes
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  24. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Even when the songs are iffy that foghorn voice is on impressive form. What a singer! Just wish she’d had a few more songs this time round
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