SONG OF THE WEEK: Rain On Me by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande (week beginning 22/5/20)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: now

Lockdown might mean there’s a great deal of life people are missing out on but dealing with it by declaring ‘bring it on’ through gritted teeth might be the best way to sum up the sentiment here.

  • Read on for reasons including everything we know about Gaga’s Chromatica LP out soon

Released three years after the Manchester Arena bombing in which 23 people died as they were leaving a Grande concert there’s a defiance here which reminds that strength can result from pain.

At just over three minutes and featuring two of the world’s biggest pop stars Rain On Me shows great songwriting discipline.

‘I’d rather be dry but at least I’m alive,’ is at least one of the rallying calls as we once again marvel at what a full and rounded voice Lady Gaga has as she returns to the dancefloor following recent comeback single Stupid Love (watch further below).

Gaga and Grande appear also to be unhappy about a lover remarking: ‘At least I showed up, you showed me nothing at all.’

The uptempo nature of the song contrasts neatly with the downbeat lyric: ‘It’s coming down on me, water like misery.’ Thanks heavens then for the more upbeat bridge which offers: ‘Hands up to the sky, I’ll be your galaxy, I’m about to fly, Rain On Me tsunami.’

Rain On Me is the second single (first, below) from Gaga’s sixth album Chromatica which is now out 29/5 and is shaping up to be one of the long players of the year.

She cancelled her last two London gigs at The 02 on her Joanne tour and we fear July’s Chromatica Ball may fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic but doubtless, through gritted teeth, she’ll be back to entertain us on a capital stage – and soon.

The last time we saw her in London was five years ago with Tony Bennett at the Albert Hall and, while the career detours she’s taken since then have been interesting, it’s great to have her back making brilliant pop music.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Lady Gaga. Tickets
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