Nice to see your thoughts on the album - "Chromatica" has been divisive, unsurprisingly. Anyways, we continue with the eliminations, and this one is quite fitting, considering the previous sentence. And when I get back from outer space... ...I'm gonna punch him in his face... 28. Future Love (live) Average score: 6.934 Highest scores: 11 x 1 (@myblood), 10 x 4 (@DinahLee, @yeRleDanaL, @TéléDex, @Laurence) Lowest score: 2 x 2 (@AshtrayHeart, @soratami) My score: 7 High peak: #28 (34 voters) Low peak: #49 (15-16 voters, 18-20 voters) And we keep eliminating ballads - four in a row, three of which have received an 11. And we lose the final live-only song, too. Now, "Future Love" has had one of the most adventurous leaderboard trajectories. For the majority of the voting period, it was actually the lowest placed song from "The Fame Monster" sessions section, even below "Superstar" (which left at #42), before starting to gain and eventually receiving two 10's among the final three voters, which propelled it to its high peak position at the very end. And that happened only a few times in the entire rate. @myblood must be ecstatic because of that. "Future Love" was written solely by Lady Gaga in late 2008 or early 2009. It's been performed 25 times, during the original set list of The Fame Ball Tour, starting at March 12th, 2009, as well as once at the amFAR New York Gala (February 10th, 2010). The version I included in the rate has a surprisingly clear sound and is in high quality, almost making it sound like it's a studio recording, but it most likely isn't. Obviously, the recording is very raw and she literally messes up the lyrics in the first verse. Also, Lady Gaga said the song doesn't have a studio version because she felt that the song was already alive with the fans singing it. The song was uploaded onto Lady Gaga's BMI in February 2010, and there is no publisher name, further suggesting that it was never recorded in a studio. However, as of June, 2017, there are now publisher names listed. Honestly, I don't know whether this can be counted as a studio version or not, but it remains labelled as a live one, so it stays that way. I really like "Future Love" and think that it's a great song, but I've never really grown to love it. Similarly to "Captivated", it's a piano ballad with slight jazz-influences, but has a properly structured melody and a playful vocal delivery (including the stuttering). What is very notable about this song are the lyrics. Damn, they are amazing. The consistently spacey/future theme going on, full of lovely metaphors and play on words, including the genius Gaga tongue-in-cheek line "I want to f-f-f you hard as I can" is so impressive. I can't even highlight a single lyric or line, because all of them are worth a mention. The song structure may seem a bit unconventional upon first listen, but when you break it down, it has a two verses, two pre-choruses, two choruses, two post-choruses and an outro, which isn't unusual. I love the pre-chorus and chorus the most, she sounds divine and the melody is lovely. Her vocals are so controlled yet with an emotional edge, and she evokes the lyrics so well with that delivery, like she's telling a story. And those raspy vocals in the outro are quite something - I love that part. Overall, an undeniably good ballad, but not one of her best. I forgot to mention that this is a relatively divisive song, having four 10's (the most so far) and one 11, and the lowest scores being quite low, it had pretty much the same amount of big fans and detractors. Anyways, this did amazingly well for a 5-minute long ballad that was sung live and I think it left just at the right time. The commentary isn't entirely positive and not everyone was keen on the song, but those of you who were, loved it. One of the highest scorers, @Laurence (10), stans the song and mentions his talented sister again: "This is so lovely! I think my sister can play it on the piano too. She should create an account here and rate too. Too late for that now though. But alas, a lovely track. Sad I did not see it live cuz I missed the Fame Ball while I was on vacation in Singapore. But what a fantastic track this is? I relate - of course. Gosh. I like the space theme and it certainly works personally for Gaga to. Then the twist that it is a rubber man, just beautiful." and throws a GIF along with it: And your sister taking part was a great idea! @Sprocky'sBF and @DJHazey'sMom are some of the non-Popjustice members who have already taken part in several rates. High praise comes from @yeRleDanaL (10), too: "Even though it's a live recording, this song is so good. How can a ballad-ish song get stuck in my head so easily. There's another song I listen to (that I can't think of right now) that had a similar chord progression to the "My mascara runs in constellations" part of the song, and every time i hear it my mind goes right to this song. The lyrics are super strong, and I wish that it got an actual release! I am imagining the electronic/spacey influence on this song." Yes, the lyrics are the highlight of the song for me. And @DinahLee (10) will surely agree with that: "This song is fantastic. It’s just one of these things that are so well elaborated that you wonder how tf did someone think of it??" Only Gaga and her talent. But not all of you were overly keen on this ballad. Quite aptly, @berserkboi (6.1) throws shade in the Whitney's fashion: "Nice vocals, beautiful vocals! The rest a bit throwaway!", which I didn't expect, and @DominoDancing (6.5) seems to agree with him: "Musically this sounds a bit like she's improvising everything in the moment. I find the astro-lyricism cute, but that's about it." Meanwhile, @M24 (7) does a little connection game: "This is too long. And I can't even remember how it goes after listening to it. I find it funny that she sings "I want your future love". Queen of reusing the same sentences on love." Now, if we compare the rest of the lyrics for these two songs... the decay. Speaking of connections, our meta-king @pop3blow2 (8.4) says: "The stuttering ‘fu-fu’ parts are very clever. Well played, Gaga." Love that you noticed that! @Pat (8) thinks that: "This is a great throwback." and I can't relate, unfortunately. But I must imagine it must've been wild to be a Lady Gaga fan back in 2008/2009 and now am kind of jealous of that. The final word goes to the 11-giver, @myblood: "My score isn't bloated just to help an obscure favorite of mine. I really do think Future Love is one of Gaga's best compositions (if not the best). It has all the silly metaphors, odd structure, and powerful yet sensible vocals that make me love so many of her songs. And that's Including the Gibberish Post Chorus (™). Future Love just captures the thrill and joy that comes with realizing you're in love, as well as the fear of being heartbroken. Always been one of my favorites since the first time I heard it 8 years ago. Beautiful and endearing in every way. Also, for the longest time, this was the only tweet she ever liked on Twitter. Poor every other song in her discography." What a lovely way to end this write up. "If only I could reboot my mechanical heart..." Next up: One of the sections is about to get a cull. It includes some of my favourites, too.