It feels like a long time ago when Lady Gaga released “Chromatica” in May 2020 during the darkest time of the pandemic.
It was essentially freeing yourself from the wall lockdown you were climbing on and in a world where mask-ups and social distancing didn’t exist, it was another planet where clubs still pumped out beats instead of hand sanitizer. It was a way to escape to
Chromatica may have been a victim of timing, though. There was only so much you could do with an album designed just to dance to when you had no place to dance to.
And as if “Chromatica” never materialized — for Gaga, aside from the futuristic outfit that seemed to be sweating grocery shopping at this point — she was seen at the Met Thursday night. She made a strong appearance at the Chromatica Ball at Life Stadium with her three biggest prestige. – Covid hits: “Bad Romance”, “Just Dance”, “Pokerface”.
bam. bam. bam.
Born Stephanie Germanotta, the artist wasn’t going to wait for an encore to give people what they’ve been waiting for for over two years. And indeed, the Little Monster who came from around New York to worship Mother worships Mother in the only local appearance on her summer stage trek that ultimately has to be about fans more than coins. Did.
By the time she made her first costume change and did her first “Chromatica” track, “Alice,” there was little place to go. Still, whether it’s golden her oldies like “Monster,” or overlooked new jams like “Sour Candy,” Gaga had no doubt that a star was reborn. .
And really, this is the rebirth that’s been happening since the disappointment of 2016’s country-pop turn “Joanne.” After winning an Oscar for “A Star Is Born,” Gaga is firmly back on his stick at disco.
Though she seems to have been around forever, Gaga is only 36. And she’s not ready to settle into Tony Bennett territory.
But if anything, these Bennett collaborations prove that Gaga is a vocal dynamo. And I can hardly think of a singer who can lead, take the belt, and yes, even play an instrument as best she can.
While the show has lulled into a lull with fewer cuts of “Chromatica” such as “Babylon,” listening to songs such as “Free Woman” in a liberating environment meant to be experienced can be downright cathartic. did.
But it does say that “Shallow,” Bradley Cooper’s duet from “A Star Is Born,” which is more Ally Main than Lady Gaga, is the recent tip that got the biggest response. Meanwhile, she tenderly dedicated another “Star” song, “I’ll Always Remember Us This Way,” to Bennett, with an extended piano section that was a little too long.
And when she deconstructed “Born This Way” into a piano ballad and then thumped it up, it was a reminder of what she could do at the peak of her powers – when she was on the right track. Baby when you’re riding