Electric Chapel

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"Electric Chapel"
Song by Lady Gaga from the album Born This Way
Released May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23)
Recorded Officine Meccaniche (Milan, Italy)
Genre
Length 4:12
Label
Writer
Producer
  • Lady Gaga
  • Paul Blair
Born This Way track listing
"Heavy Metal Lover"
(11)
"Electric Chapel"
(12)
"You and I"
(13)

"Electric Chapel" is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga from her second studio album, Born This Way (2011). Written and produced by Lady Gaga and Paul Blair (also known as DJ White Shadow),[1] the song premiered on the Facebook app FarmVille,[2] as did the album's fifth single, "Marry the Night".

"Electric Chapel" is an electronic rock and pop metal song that displays Europop elements within its composition, as well as heavy metal influences. Church organs and bells add to the overall religious theme of the tune, while synthesizers and electric guitars also contribute to its rock-leaning sound. Most music critics responded positively to "Electric Chapel", comparing it to the work of Madonna, La Roux, and Meat Loaf. While finding the chorus less catchy than other album tracks, reviewers complimented its creativity and different sound compared to most of Gaga's work, praising the guitar riff in particular.

Background and composition[edit]

An instrumental clip of the song was used during Transmission Gagavision 44.[2] The track title is seen written on a paper at the end of the video. The song title was seen again in the music video for "Judas".[3] Lady Gaga revealed on Twitter that the song was written in Australia and finished on her tour bus in Europe.[4] In an interview with SHOWstudio, she called the Monster Ball an "Electric Chapel", where her fans can go and that it is about needing to feel safe finding love.[5] The song premiered on GagaVille on May 18.[2][6]

"Electric Chapel" has been compared to the work of Madonna.[7][8] Genre-wise, Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone referred to "Electric Chapel" as electro rock,[9] while Robbie Daw of Idolator dubbed the song pop metal, attesting that unlike "Heavy Metal Lover", "Electric Chapel" possesses an actual metal-edge.[2] Blogger for Beats Per Minute, Brent Koepp, said "Electric Chapel" is "...Iron Maiden meets 80s pop.[10]

In the second pre-chorus Lady Gaga sings, "Follow me, don't be such a holy fool / follow me, I need something sacred from you / together we'll both find a way to make it pure, love, work in a dirty way."[2] Musically, the song follows a chord progression of A minorFC.[11]

Reception[edit]

"Electric Chapel" was compared to the work of La Roux (pictured), Meat Loaf, Human League, and Madonna.

Critical reception[edit]

Overall, "Electric Chapel" received mixed-to-positive reviews. Robbie Daw wrote "Electric Chapel" surpassed singles from Born This Way in craftsmanship. Daw also praised what he called "ominous guitar riffs", calling them a tease. Vocally, Daw said Gaga was channeling Lita Ford and dubbed "Electric Chapel" one of the album's strongest tracks.[2] Caryn Ganz of Spin wrote that "Electric Chapel", "pairs divine diva thump with a Van Halen guitar solo."[12] NME published a review on the song, saying, "perhaps ["Electric Chapel"] nails the record's blood-and-chrome aesthetics most effectively of all."[13]

Katherine St. Asaph, a music reviewer for Popdust, wrote that "Electric Chapel" "sounds like Lady Gaga founding a religion based on electric guitars, wobbly synths and plenty of longing for the never-completely-identified Electric Chapel." Among the song's strengths, St. Asaph counted "Electric Chapel"'s attention to detail, the church bells, and the swelling organ. Towards the end of the track, Gaga tries to outsing a would-be guitar solo, which St. Asaph said was "cool too." However, the reviewed called the song "lightweight", saying, "Everything good here is done better elsewhere on the album", before giving "Electric Chapel" three out of five "lightning bolts". Readers voted the song four out of five, disagreeing with some aspects of Asaph's review.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Electric Chapel" debuted and peaked at number twenty-three on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Digital Songs on the issue dated June 11, 2011, spending a sole week on the chart.[15]

Live performance[edit]

Lady Gaga performing "Electric Chapel" on the Born This Way Ball in Helsinki

Gaga performed "Electric Chapel" on the Born This Way Ball.[16][17] The performance included her playing the electric guitar while standing aside her band's guitarist and bass player. During the performance the stage was lit in neon lights.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download

  • "Electric Chapel" – 4:12

Born This Way: The Remix

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Lady Gaga – vocals, songwriter, and producer[1]
  • DJ White Shadow – songwriter, producer[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
South Korean International Singles Chart[20] 144
US Hot Dance/Electronic Digital Songs[15] 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ""Electric Chapel" songwriters". BMI. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Daw, Robbie (May 18, 2011). "Lady Gaga Is Goin' To The "Electric Chapel" On New Pop-Metal Track". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Montgomery, James (May 6, 2011). "Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Video: A Pop-Culture Cheat Sheet". MTV News. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lady Gaga Wrote New Song in Australia – Inspired By Live at the Chapel?". Take40.com. May 23, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  5. ^ Emin, Tracey. "Aug 21 2009 in Camera: Interview with Lady Gaga". SHOWstudio. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Shaul, Brandy. "FarmVille GagaVille Electric Chapel Goal: Everything you need to know". Games.com. AOL. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ Martin, Dan (May 18, 2011). "Lady Gaga, 'Born This Way' – Track-By-Track Album Review". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ McCormick, Neil (May 19, 2011). "Lady Gaga's Born This Way: track-by-track review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ Hiatt, Brian (June 9, 2011). "Deep Inside the Unreal World of Lady Gaga". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ Koepp, Brent (May 23, 2011). "Album review: Lady Gaga Born This Way". Beats Per Minute. Banquet Media. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Electric Chapel Chords". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ Ganz, Caryn (May 23, 2012). "Lady Gaga, 'Born This Way'". Spin. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ Martin, Dan (May 17, 2011). "Album Review: Lady Gaga, 'Born This Way'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  14. ^ St. Asaph, Katherine (May 18, 2011). "Lady Gaga's Born This Way: #11 "Electric Chapel"". Popdust. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Lady Gaga – Chart history: Dance/Electronic Digital Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Lady Gaga Delights Fans As She Begins 'Born This Way Ball' Tour in South Korea – Video". Capital FM. Global Radio. April 27, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ Metcalf, Cecile (June 1, 2012). "The Popstar and the Showgirl: Lady Gaga has a Marilyn moment as she pays tribute to tragic actress on 86th birthday". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ Dumaual, Miguel (May 23, 2011). "Review: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way Ball'". ABS-CBN. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  19. ^ Haus of Gaga (October 20, 2011). "Lady Gaga to Release BTW The Remix, BTW The Collection, & The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden on DVD & Blu-ray". ladygaga.com. Archived from the original on November 2, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart – 2011.05.22~2011.05.28" (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 

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