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Extremely limited individually numbered collector's edition art book featuring: a lock of Lady Gaga's hair, a collectable puzzle, pictorials, a behind-the-scenes look at Gaga's creative process, pull-out posters, themed fanzines, a Lady Gaga paper doll collection, 3-D glasses to view forthcoming visuals and personal notes from Lady Gaga. 2009 two CD release, an expanded edition of Lady Gaga's phenomenal debut album The Fame. Disc One features eight brand new tracks, including the single "Bad Romance". Disc Two contains the full version of The Fame. 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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"The Fame" (CD-2 of "The Fame Monster" album) proved out as a wonderful album. There's a lot of brains behind the release of this original CD. It's supposedly a debut album, but it really seems like a Greatest Hits album released after a long and successful career. Every song was a winner and the production was marvelous! And the music stood out and away from all other pop music! Catchy? Jeez Louise! What an assortment of songs! I can't stop listening. This album was a stunning introduction to a sparking new personality. The recording sounds like a crazy concoction mixing electronica, ABBA and Madonna, but it worked big time, plus Lady Gaga has her own very distinct voice and persona. I bought the "Fame" CD, and I'm very satisfied with the entire package. There's not a song I'd delete. If you like to buy individual songs and want to capture the very best tracks, in my opinion you might get MP3s of "Just Dance," "Love Game," "Poker Face," "The Fame," "Starstruck," "Boys Boys Boys," Paper Gangsta" and "I like it Rough." If pressed for a ranking of the songs, I gave "Paper Gangsta" the top nod and "Brown Eyes" the bottom, but all of the songs were excellent. The lyrics were humorous and almost frivolous, but that's the way I like this kind of beat-heavy dance music. It's not made for deep thinking; It's just fun, fun, fun! Relax and enjoy!
Now there's another 8 songs to enjoy on CD-1 of "The Fame Monster." All of the songs are quite excellent and in the same beat-heavy electronica fashion as "The Fame" CD. Good listening. Fun Music. The Lady is a wonderful singer/song writer and has attracted immense notice.
Where is this going to go? It's one of the greatest starts for a pop star within my recent memory great. What could she possibly do for an encore in 2010? I suspect Lady Gaga going to be another Madonna with a long and lustrous career. Let's hope so for she is certainly an entertaining person so far. Alas, I also recall a number of one-CD wonders. Will Lady Gaga have imitators? Of course, but she's going to be a hard act to follow. Well, in any case, the "Fame" album and "the Fame Monster" followup has to be one of the highlights of the year and a fresh new turn in contemporary pop music.
BAD ROMANCE is very catchy just like her first three hits from "The Fame." I found myself wanting to dance to it. I also think it would be great for remixing.
ALEJANDRO sounds like a ripoff of Madonna's "La Isla Bonita" - with a beat so similar that I expected to find it mentioned in the liner notes! That's not to say it isn't a very good song. It is excellent, and I could listen to it over and over. In fact, the song made me think that Gaga could easily rise to the level Madonna reached with edgy music, great dance hits and a raw energy many pop stars lack.
MONSTER a good mid-tempo song with a familiar lyrical theme - the bad boy who isn't good for you but you just can't resist (like Cowboy Casanova, or other myriad songs). It's easy to listen to and easy to sing along to. A great addition to the EP.
SPEECHLESS I just didn't care for this one. But those that liked "Paparazzi" will probably enjoy it. I think she does better with fast tracks than ballads.
DANCING IN THE DARK is a good midtempo song.
TELEPHONE is the real stand out. A dance hit with an excellent techno beat that you find yourself nodding to without realizing it. Beyonce brings something to the party without taking over. Kind've like Gwen Stefani did for Eve on "Blow Ya Mind."
SO HAPPY I COULD DIE is okay. It's catchy, but in a way that quickly becomes annoying.
TEETH - you've just got to listen to for yourself. Not going to be a radio hit, but definitely interesting.
Overall, this was an excellent album and not too badly priced even if you already have "The Fame." Highly recommended to pop and Lady Gaga fans.
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