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2008 debut album from the New York singer. On The Fame, it's as if Gaga took two parts Dance-Pop, one part Electro-Pop, and one part Rock with a splash of Disco and burlesque and generously poured it into the figurative martini glasses of the world in an effort to get everyone drunk with her Fame. 'The Fame is about how anyone can feel famous,' she explains. 'Pop culture is art. It doesn't make you cool to hate pop culture, so I embraced it and you hear it all over The Fame. But, it's a sharable fame. I want to invite you all to the party. I want people to feel a part of this lifestyle.'


Has an album title ever been so self-prophetic? In its first year, this electropop opus rocketed Lady Gaga from unknown New York lounge singer to the world’s biggest pop star this side of Britney Spears. The Fame’s brand of pop is shamelessly decadent: 11 of its 13 songs are about money, celebrity, sex, clubbing, or a sticky combination of all four. It’s insipid subject matter, unless you consider Gaga as less of a silly, manufactured blonde than an ingenious artist playing the part of a glitzy pop star. Witness The Fame’s impeccably sleek opening songs, from the carelessly rambling chorus of “Just Dance” to the snappy, futuristic beat of “LoveGame”: Gaga’s got the outrageous outfits and dance moves down to a science, but underneath it all, the music is aggressive and authoritarian in ways that most other Top 40 tunes are not. Often compared to Gwen Stefani’s, Gaga’s vocals are in fact richer and rounder, allowing her a certain stylistic versatility, and her personae alternate from wild party kid to vulnerable lover. Some of the risks don’t always pay off, but the Lady Gaga of the dark and ardent megahit “Poker Face” prevails. She is commandeering enough, bizarre and beguiling enough, to ensure that she’ll be basking in our attention for a very long time. --Erin Thompson

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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Streamline/Konlive/Cherrytree/Interscope
  • ASIN: B001GM28HO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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LADY GAGA came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album The Fame (2008), which sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements including five Grammy Awards amongst fifteen nominations, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards amongst twenty-six nominations, and the estimated sale of 27 million albums and 130 ... Read more in Amazon's Lady Gaga Store

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Just Dance- A really good song to dance to!
Nick M. Muccitelli
Lady Gaga makes amazing music, but her first album is great for being a debut album.
Either way, I'll be looking forward to Lady Gaga's next CD with great interest.

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75 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Mike VINE VOICE on March 28, 2009
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This album is kind of an odd duck. On the whole, it's produced a lot more like the European pop-dance music (vocal trance, etc) except it has some really odd instrumentation and song structures. Interesting musically. Reminiscent of electroclash with glam elements in the choruses. Lyrics are beyond dumb and occasionally autotuner is used to mask vocal deficits, but this is typical for the genre, since it's about the beats.

Oh, and boy will it get you moving. Real high energy stuff. Great for a workout or the morning drive to work. Every song is good. Nearly every track sounds like it could be a single. A very solid album.

Highly recommended for dance, glam, and electro fans. Most everyone else with a moderately open mind to dance or pop should like it too.

If you like this album, you should probably check out the Veronicas new album too. Another great electro/dance/pop album with rock song structures.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful By snake plisken on June 8, 2009
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I initially bought it for the first two singles, but I must say that as I played it a few times during my commute, it grew on me. Nearly every track is enjoyable (especially loud, BTW), and of course "Pokerface" has now become my favorite dance-pop song (if only for that first 10 seconds alone). To paraphrase Stellan Skaarsgard's (sp?) comments about the work of Dan Brown...Lady Gaga's "the Fame" is the equivalant of junk food, its not very nutritious, and before you know it you've gone back for handful after handful until you've gotten a stomach ache.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brett Corkins VINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
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Being original in this day and age is tough. Clearly. I think music listeners are grasping this fact more readily nowadays or else Lady Gaga wouldn't even be around right now. While Lady Gaga isn't original, she brings an interesting sound to the table full of pounding basslines, synthesizers galore, crazy vocal distortions, and some relatively good vocals to boot. When you can surround the listener with this much action, we'll be a bit more forgiving of lack of originality.

It's pretty clear Lady Gaga is here to do two things.
1. Make dancefloor ready music.
2. Use extremely racy lyrics.

Make no mistake, racy lyrics are nothing new. Just look at Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera primarily. Yet Ms. Gaga's voice is so different from the afforementioned singers and her beats are so good that it doesn't matter. These songs aren't anything most regular people are going to relate to, which is fine. They're fun...at first. By the end of the CD you know basically exactly what to expect which hurts the overall product.

If you only care about the music, nothing else, this CD is sure to please. There isn't any major missteps as far as the songs go, keeping a pretty steady pace throughout the entire CD. The first single, Poker Face, is still a good all around song, as is her current single, Just Dance. Other immediate standouts are Lovegame, Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say), The Fame, Paper Gangsta, and I Like It Rough. The other songs are consistent with the feel of the CD so as not to drag down any spot of the duration.

Lady Gaga is one of those artists that you can't say someone else will like. I really enjoy her but I have friends who cannot stand her. So if you'll enjoy this CD or not is all about your taste in music. For me though, I'll keep recommending it. While The Fame isn't a big departure from other things out right now, it's interesting enough to check out for sure.
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90 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Amy G. on January 13, 2009
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This is my new go-to cd for the treadmill. All of the songs (with the exception of "Brown Eyes", which kinda sucks) have a good keep-you-moving dance beat. They're catchy tunes that stick in my head long after my workouts are over, and Lady Gaga's voice is better than most dance-pop artists. I do have to say that the lyrics on this cd are definitely lacking (my reason for only 4 stars). They go into all-out stupid territory sometimes. For example: "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick," from Lovegame. Or, "...'cause I'm bluffin' with my muffin," from Pokerface. Oh, and the phrase "cherry-cherry boom-boom" is in, like, 3 songs for no reason whatsoever (her trademark, maybe? Maybe at 27, I'm just too old for this stuff). Still, it's a fun cd, and who listens to this type of music for the lyrics anyway?
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael Martarano on October 10, 2009
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Ha! Well, I admit that I ignored Lady GaGa until this month but figured I'd see what all the fuss was about and gave The Fame a thorough listen.

To start, I'd like to say that she is actually a solid musical talent. She plays piano and writes her own music which for a Pop act is very rare.
I also watched a few of her performances and was impressed that she did not lip-sync even though it sacrificed her singing quality at times. But hey, doing acrobatic choreography and singing at the same time is not easy at all. It's actually very hard to do and I admire any artist who can manage that without panting and losing their breath entirely.

The songs on this album are a mix of Hits and misses.
Pokerface and Paparazzi stand out as my favorites. These two tracks have a good foundation of analog sounding Synthesizers and very well executed progressions and choruses.
However, there are some real stinkers on here. One of them in particular is 'Ech, Ech (Nothing Else I Can Say)'. This track sucks and remind me too much of Menudo, The Jets or New Kids on the Block for me to stomach. Perhaps it's ironic. But still, being a listener of Classical Music I find that when irony sacrifices composition and expression it completely misses the point. Instead of phrasing an ironic structure or sound, producing an entire piece around an ironic concept diminishes the overall value of it.

My hope for this artist is that she progresses and develops her music and lyrical writing more and that 'The Fame' is written based on a concept and not her soulful expression and ideas. Pop has a way of going stale and entrapping artists in a particular style or sound. A fate which Lady GaGa may be facing if she doesn't push herself beyond this sound.
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