Four years after her last album, Joanne, and two years after her big acting debut in A Star is Born, a film co-starring Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga is now satisfying her core fans as she returns to pop music with her new album Chromatica

Gaga never hesitates to defy norms with her music and has always pushed fellow artists to do the same. This was seen in her first album, The Fame, released in 2008, which included tracks such as “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” She continued to dominate pop with the album Born This Way featuring tracks “Born This Way” and “The Edge of Glory.” Her more recent albums ARTPOP and Joanne, however, have taken a slower approach that is more vulnerable and expressive of the singer’s life, struggles and journey as a musician.  

Her new album, Chromatica, brings an inspiring message from Gaga. This album, unlike the others, is a detailed journey of her embracing her own struggles with mental health, addiction and recovery. It’s a therapeutic experience for music listeners – and there is much to uncover in each track. The first song “Chromatica I” delivers a classical sound. The track “Alice” offers pop and electronic offer a sound that is empowering and reflects the discovery of the artist. The following tracks “Stupid Love” and “Rain on Me” are the lead songs of the album, letting fans in on her masked vulnerabilities. 

In the most raw track, “Free Woman,” Gaga drew her inspiration from her survival of sexual assault by a former music producer. In this song, she reflects on her power as a survivor which she explained: “I’m no longer going to define myself as a survivor, or a victim of sexual assault. I just am a person that is free, who went through some f***** up s***’.