Lady Gaga
The Fame


3.5
great

Review

by Dylan S. USER (68 Reviews)
April 6th, 2009 | 29 replies | 7,381 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Fame is an album full of catchy hit tunes, but still just a pop album.

In the year of 2009, Lady Gaga broke out into ultimate stardom. Her year began as a little known artist trying to be a pop star, when her first single Just Dace dropped she caught the attention of many, the song became an instant hit and seemed to be played just about everywhere. Even still this is not anything out of the ordinary in the pop industry, artist rise and fall just as quickly. It wasn’t until that the second single, Poker Face off Gaga’s debut album The Fame was revealed that the public became hypnotized with the seemingly unstoppable pop-force know as Lady Gaga.

As a pop album The Fame, (even if you do not want to admit), is great. Its produced to sell to the masses and attract plenty of attention due to its unique qualities and performer alike. Lyrics like LoveGame’s, “Let’s have some fun/This beat is sick/I wanna take a ride on your disco stick” produce some not-so-vague undertones that make up the albums extreme catchiness. This; plus hooks after musical hooks make the The Fame a strong album in the long run.

The crown jewel track of the album has to be Paparazzi, a mid-tempo song that basically wraps up the concept of the album into one song. The lyrics, “I’m your biggest fan/I will follow you until you love me/Papa-paparazzi” hints at star struck obsession, and borderline stalking. The song will also be remembered by many due to the extravagant and overdone bloodshed of a performance of the song at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards that left people jumping up and down with excitement or scratching their heads in confusion. Unfortunately, this excitement and unexpectedness shown in Gaga’s stage persona are not reflected onto the album at all. There are no unexpected turns on the album at all; it follows the exact guidelines of a perfect pop album. The catchy and danceable tunes like the singles, Just Dance and Poker Face, the ballad dedicated to a past love lost as heard inBrown Eyes, and the dreamy happy-go-lucky song like that of Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say). As in most pop album formulas there is always at least one filler track, in this case that song is Beautiful, Dirty, Rich an unnecessarily robotic and emotion-lacking song with no creative beats or vocal hooks making it the most boring song featured on The Fame.

If there is any one thing that drags this album down the most though is its generic over produced sound that either candy coats the vocals or making the already drab beats ridiculously technical, overpowering anything else in the song, most obvious in Summerboy. Summerboy has lyrics that do not even sound like Gaga’s voice on the rest of the album leaving the listener with a sense of confusion to if their listening to The Fame or a Gwen Stefani solo album. As a whole though the good weighs out that bad on the album, probably making it the most addicting album of the year, wither it be a guilty pleasure or a true love for Gaga’s vision of the music industry. Although she is not a pioneer of creative pop-thinking, she is a reflection of pop stars of the past, and she knows how to use that to her advantage.



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dylantheairplane
April 6th 2009



2165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know this is a short review, I tried to keep it as simple as possible. This is only my second review so don't be too harsh. This Message Edited On 04.06.09

Knott-
Emeritus
April 6th 2009



10195 Comments


It's undeniable she has a good voice? I can't hear it for a wall of effects and gay production.

She's quite possibly the most annoying thing on the planet.

dylantheairplane
April 6th 2009



2165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"She's quite possibly the most annoying thing on the planet."

No, I'm pretty sure i've seen worse. But Maybe the opener was a bit of a strech

Anthracks
April 6th 2009



3729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gay production

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shindip
April 6th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A pretty average pop album, although some songs are extremely catchy. I wish they would stop playing just dance, which is an album low for me.

gaslightanthem
April 6th 2009



5209 Comments


very good album

KILL
April 6th 2009



71087 Comments


lol benzum

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

gaslightanthem
April 6th 2009



5209 Comments


not rly

gaslightanthem
April 6th 2009



5209 Comments


hey benzum try and be more of a fuck ass who has little idea wtf they're talking about idk

gaslightanthem
April 6th 2009



5209 Comments


hey benzum deep dicking lol

your opinion sux

KILL
April 6th 2009



71087 Comments


best thread evers

Knott-
Emeritus
April 6th 2009



10195 Comments


I have to agree with Benzum. It's deliberately packaged and commercial to a degree I hardly recall seeing before. Her UNIQUESTYLE is simply stupid, and it's music for shallow morons who don't understand music and have no interest in talent/originality/emotion. Atop that, it's too annoying to be a good pop album - the production and effects being just 2 of the 'quirks' (read: deliberately and demographically targeted modifications) that piss me off the most.

She's also not fit.

gaslightanthem
April 6th 2009



5209 Comments


There is nothing about this music that appeals to me at all.


That's cool. idc really that you don't like this album, I mean that isn't what bothers me.

The way I see it, this is monotone, prewritten music for people for key demographic


This is fine too.

that nobody in their right mind over the age of 12 should ever consider listen to.


Pretty stupid statement. This is a fun and catchy album wtf does it matter how old you are?

And actually tbh for modern pop this album is pretty good. Like I said it's fun and catchy and that's the main reason I like it but really when compared with a lot of other mainstream pop it's a great album - it's not original as such but it's different to most of what you hear and Lady Gaga herself has a lot more personality which is evident in the songs. You clearly haven't even heard this album anyway, not all of it, and are just making a ridiculous judgment against a type of music you don't like.


kitsch
April 6th 2009



5107 Comments


this is horrible

AtavanHalen
April 6th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

lol Benzum
Can't read his poker face

dylantheairplane
April 6th 2009



2165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

arguuuments!

Knott-
Emeritus
April 7th 2009



10195 Comments


Just like to point out that using modern pop music as a benchmark for musical quality would make everything 5/5.

Knott-
Emeritus
April 7th 2009



10195 Comments


We're discussing the album maaaate.

Last I checked this was a music discussion site. Zomg.This Message Edited On 04.07.09

Awesomesauce
August 19th 2009



1084 Comments


Benzum.... From downtown! Is it the shoes?
Review is good, gaga is not. Paparazzi sounds like a Mariah Carey, but worse. If that's possible.

AtavanHalen
August 19th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You're an idiot.



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