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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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.59 x 0.47 inches; 3.46 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Streamline/Konlive/Cherrytree/Interscope
- Item model number : 5261430
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Date First Available : September 25, 2008
- Label : Streamline/Konlive/Cherrytree/Interscope
- ASIN : B001GM28HO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,085 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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So, she put it in yesterday, while we were in the car. Both of us, just couldn’t take it.
This was my problem with it.
She has a good voice. There is no doubt there. But, some of the songs, were just her singing with background music. Others, her voice was so altered, that it clouded the greatness that was there.
I could not figure out, if this was pop, hip hop, rap, rock or whatever else. It was like, a bunch of ideas all thrown together, without taking the time, so focus on just one style.
Honestly, after hearing a few songs, I am so surprised that she is super famous. It makes me curious though. So, one day, I will get her newest album and see what it is like. This was though, I cannot see either my mom nor I, ever listening to it again.
Just Dance: Explosive, energetic beat, very catchy chorus, lyrics are a bit simplistic compared to the rest of the album, but it's not too repetitive or anything. Good lead single.
LoveGame: A rather infamous song featuring the now-iconic "Disco Stick" line. Many say that music can't "turn you on", but this is quite a sexy song, for lack of a better word. Easy to dance to!
Paparazzi: Hands down, my favorite Gaga single to date. The music video tells an interesting story, and out of all the singles, this one carries the most complex and often strange lyrics. It's essentially about a stalker. Has similar sex appeal to LoveGame.
Poker Face: What many consider as her "signature song". Contains humorous metaphors and allusions to gambling turned into sexual puns(if that makes any sense). Dark, almost hypnotic beat.
I Like It Rough: For some reason, this one was #5 on this version of the album. It's the perfect song to drive fast to, although you may wanna listen to it and play Need For Speed or something, because driving fast IRL could get you into some trouble, haha. As always, it's uber-catchy, and the title kinda speaks for itself!
Eh, Eh: A rather overlooked and underrated single. It was given comparatively low reviews for being too different from the others, but albums are supposed to be varied, after all! It's a happy, feel-good song with pretty simple lyrics. Good to listen to when feeling down, maybe?
Starstruck: Yet another sexually-charged song full of clever sexual puns made out of musical terms. It has a hip-hop feel to it, and has a guest rap verse by Flo-Rida. Auto-tune is used here, but it's one of the only songs since "California Love" to actually use it right. Sex appeal factor ranges from equal to or greater than that of LoveGame, your mileage may vary.
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich: A promotional single that was originally going to take the place of "Poker Face". Has a driving, up-tempo beat and was apparently written while LadyG was rather high off of cocaine. Again, the title kinda speaks for itself. Overall a pretty fun song and great for rhythm games.
The Fame: Well, it's the title track, and as it should, it really stands out! This one is a look into the lifestyles of the famous, albeit a bit of a tongue-in-cheek one, full of sarcasm.
Money Honey: Probably my least favorite song on the album, but not terrible by any means. Her vocals are a bit different here and she tries to do this thing with her voice that I can't really describe. She does it in Retro Dance Freak, but pulls it off a bit better there. Lyrically it's aight.
Boys, Boys, Boys: Another one of my least faves if I had to pick, but then again, it's not made to lyrically appeal to straight males. I love the beat, however! Reminds me a bit of her later song, Dance in the Dark.
Paper Gangsta: A bit of a genre shift here, as this is a rap song, and surprisingly, she raps pretty damn well! This song is about Def Jam records turning her down abruptly when she was trying to make it big. It has a degree of emotion behind it; it's a bit melancholy but catchy nonetheless.
Brown Eyes: This is my favorite song on the album by far, and my favorite song she's ever made. It's a rock ballad. I was actually quite appalled that someone said it sucked in another review. This one really hits home with my emotions and shows a more serious side of Gaga. It's about a love lost, which is something anyone should be able to relate to.
Summerboy: My second-favorite song on the album. It's about how relationships, particularly with random people you meet during summer, can be very fleeting and short-lived. Again, it really plays with your emotions, but is very happy and feel-good, similar to Eh, Eh.
Disco Heaven: First bonus track on this version. As the title suggests, it's a pretty straight up disco song, very catchy and fun to dance to. I played this at my senior prom, and everyone loved it!
Again, Again: Second bonus track on this version, was originally a regular track on the first version. It's another rock ballad with a similar feel to Brown Eyes, or her later hit, You and I. It's another one of my favorites, and I even uploaded my own cover of it on YouTube.
In conclusion, this is one of the most solid albums I've ever listened to, and after 4 years, it still hasn't gotten old or boring. Though I adored Lady Gaga's next two albums, I feel like she's yet to top her original. Either way, sorry for the long ass review, but I hope I gave enough insight here.
The lyrics are good, sometimes brilliant, the music is engaging, and the album has a very clear message: indulgence with no apologies.