|Song by Lady Gaga from the album Born This Way|
|Released||May 23, 2011|
|Born This Way track listing|
"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), the song premiered on the Facebook app FarmVille, 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
An instrumental clip of the song was used during Transmission Gagavision 44. 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". Lady Gaga revealed on Twitter that the song was written in Australia and finished on her tour bus in Europe. 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. The song premiered on GagaVille on May 18.
"Electric Chapel" has been compared to the work of Madonna. Genre-wise, Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone referred to "Electric Chapel" as electro rock, while Robbie Daw of Idolator dubbed the song pop metal, attesting that unlike "Heavy Metal Lover", "Electric Chapel" possesses an actual metal-edge. Blogger for Beats Per Minute, Brent Koepp, said "Electric Chapel" is "...Iron Maiden meets 80s pop.
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." Musically, the song follows a chord progression of A minor – F – C.
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. Caryn Ganz of Spin wrote that "Electric Chapel", "pairs divine diva thump with a Van Halen guitar solo." NME published a review on the song, saying, "perhaps ["Electric Chapel"] nails the record's blood-and-chrome aesthetics most effectively of all."
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.
Gaga performed "Electric Chapel" on the Born This Way Ball. 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.
- "Electric Chapel" – 4:12
Born This Way: The Remix
Credits and personnel
|South Korean International Singles Chart||144|
|US Hot Dance/Electronic Digital Songs||23|
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