I’ve been thinking over the past while over what the Royal Bookshelf really means to me. Now that I’ve fallen head over heels back in love with blogging, I want to be able to take this blog more seriously and dedicate more time to it. I had been thinking about slightly expanding it for a while. Of course it will always be a book blog first and foremost because nothing could deter my love of books and writing, but another passion of mine is music. I don’t know how often I listen to it but I imagine it would be a shocking amount.
I always love watching album reaction videos on Youtube and though I don’t have the confidence nor effort required to be a Booktuber, I decided I’d take this to my blog. I’ve seen fellow bloggers react/review albums before such as my good pal Amy, so I thought I’d give it a go myself and make it a regular feature on my blog.
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to a brand new series—ROYAL RECORDS! I am so excited!! Each week I will be reacting to a new album/sharing my opinion track-by-track. I have recently fallen in love with Chromatica so I decided it would be fun to start off by making my way through Gaga’s discography.
So first up, let’s hear my thoughts on the world of CHROMATICA.
Track By Track
A gorgeous opening to what’s already an interesting concept album. I love the orchestral vibes from it and I think it’s a simple yet perfect way to ease us into the album.
Okay first of all, we need to appreciate that the first track FLOWS STRAIGHT into Alice. Originally I just liked it – didn’t think it was anything special – but now it has completely grown on me. Such a dance bop, I love the production how it feels like you’re constantly rocking back and forth and such clever lyrics on a classic story of Alice in Wonderland we all know so well. I was actually reading Juno Dawson’s Wonderland when this dropped so it was truly perfect timing, haha.
Oh come on!! What a belter of a single. When this was released way back when, I knew that Chromatica was going to be good. So catchy, so fun and I think it was a perfect lead single for the album. Also the music video was stunning, really great first introduction to the world of Chromatica.
Rain on Me (feat. Ariana Grande)
I mean, holy SHIT. I knew to expect something good with an Ariana Grande feature but I couldn’t have imagined this. Their voices harmonise and go so well together. I don’t think I could ever get tired of this song. Such a good message and the music video is ICONIC. My favourite part is the breakdown before the chorus when Gaga is like: “RAIN. ON. ME.” I can’t wait for clubs to reopen so I can bop my ass to this incredible song.
And as if Rain on Me wasn’t enough, Gaga takes us STRAIGHT THERE with Free Woman. One of the best songs on the album without a doubt, I absolutely love it. The message, the lyrics are so damn powerful. Gaga’s vocals on this are really impressive too – I’d love to see this live. The minimal production at the beginning works really well before it transitions to a loud, stomping explosion for the chorus.
I’m not nothing without a steady hand,
I’m not nothing unless I know I can,
I’m still something if I don’t got a man,
I’m a free woman.
This was another good track. Not a stand out for me on the album, but I think it was right to strip back the production on this one after the last few bangers. It’s got a nice melody and really tugs on your heart strings. I love the little nods to her older stuff too, like Paparazzi and the Fame.
Another perfect instrumental interlude. For some reason this really reminds me of Danny Elfman’s music. Who knows why? Also, have y’all seen this transitioning into “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue? It’s glorious.
I mean the way this jumps straight into action tells me that this song is already a bop. I absolutely adore this track. There’s so much going on and so many different sounds and I think it works wonderfully for the theme of this song.
This song definitely had to grow on me. I wasn’t sure of it at first, I thought it would have been a skip for me. I love the message behind it and the eclectic melody. It wouldn’t be my favourite song off the album but I do appreciate it.
Sour Candy (feat. BLACKPINK)
This is a tricky one for me. As much as I enjoy Gaga’s verse, it sounds more like a BLACKPINK song featuring Gaga instead of the other way around. I do bop to it when it comes on but wouldn’t be a fave for me.
I feel like this is the point in an album where you usually get some filler tracks, but with Chromatica, this does not happen. Enigma is so fun. I find it so rebellious; it’s about Gaga not fitting into any box anyone tries to push her into. It’s such a good, catchy song.
I love love love this song. I get such disco vibes from it and if you can’t tell from my graphics, disco is definitely my thing. The lyrics are dangerously sharp and the production is sick. It’s literally a perfect blend of the expected and unexpected. Definitely one of my fave tracks to dance to.
Another cute instrumental. I like the way Gaga uses these to break up the album into Three Acts almost, very clever.
Sine from Above (feat. Elton John)
This song is just not it. I think if I could get rid of it off the album, I would. Elton John is iconic, don’t get me wrong, but he just sounds so weird on this song, as if he’s in pain. I think I excepted more from this, or at least something different. Hard pass for me.
At first this kind of disappointed me because it was one of the tracks I looked forwards to most, but it has definitely grown on me. I especially love and highly recommend the piano demo version from the deluxe CD. A beautiful melody with beautiful lyrics. This to me makes me think of the friends I have around me and how they lift me up.
The BEST way to close the damn album and honestly my favourite track by far. It is just incredible. I get serious Vogue vibes off it and I literally could not myself dancing to this if it came on. The lyrics are just so clever and only Lady Gaga could pull off “serve it Ancient City style.” I adore this track. It’s my favourite song of the album, period.
Current Top Three Tracks
- Free Woman
- Rain on Me
Chromatica was an entire serve. Enough said. I’ve always loved Gaga’s singles because I’m not completely uncultured, but I truly feel like she’s knocked it out of the park with this record. A perfect fusion of joyful dance beats with powerful messages about love, pain, strength and what it means to get back on your feet after you’ve been knocked down and keep dancing no matter what.
I hope you all enjoyed the first instalment of ROYAL RECORDS and I can assure you there is a lot more to come! I will be working my way through Gaga’s discography for the next few weeks and I have some more ideas after that but comment below if you have any albums you’d like to see me react to/review!
Thanks for reading and see you soon!