Lady Gaga
The Fame Monster


4.0
excellent

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
November 25th, 2009 | 12 replies | 4,728 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lady Gaga makes a good choice in not attempting to pair this great album with her previous subpar debut.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Surprise! Lady Gaga has made a good decision. While re-releasing her debut album with 8 bonus tracks could seem as a ploy for more money, it turns out that her choice to release The Fame Monster as a standalone record was a good idea, as it isn’t brought down by the inconsistency of The Fame. While The Fame wasn’t terrible, its Monster counterpart contains a selection of songs that should have made it onto her debut. Like many of the other artists to re-release albums, The Fame Monster is undoubtedly one of the most successful ones. Love her or hate her, the songs are still as catchy as the few select singles off her debut. If you were annoyed with “Lovegame”, “Just Dance” or “Paparazzi” don’t turn cheek too fast because the songs you will find on this album are better crafted and slightly more original.

As many of you reading this have already heard “Bad Romance” I will keep it short and sweet. It’s in the top pier of singles for Lady Gaga as it’s much better than “Paparazzi” and “Just Dance.” Most pop music is generic because let’s face it, there is just so much of it. There is almost a new pop artist born every day as there is a crappy metalcore band for the masses. Although some of Lady Gaga’s material is lackluster, the rest of it can actually stand on its own. “Alejandro” is a boring, fairly repetitive song but still better than most of the material off The Fame. “Monster” is another song that doesn’t really stick out other than the lyrics which insinuate that some boy has eaten Lady’s heart right out along with her brain. I guess this is her way of explaining to the world that she really is becoming a monster.

Then “Speechless” starts. Oh boy if you hadn’t heard these songs in order you probably would have no idea that this is Gaga. It’s slow, missing the normal electro-pop beats and actually has feeling to it. A ballad of some sorts “Speechless” is the one song that shows that Gaga can change and that not all her material is boring and unoriginal. The beginning of “Dance In The Dark” sounds eerily familiar, but I cannot put my tongue on what it sounds like. Not really the best song on the album but it still provides some fun here and there. The second hopefully single “Telephone” gets my vote for pop song of the year. Gaga’s duet with Beyonce is brilliant. It’s not just the music it’s the lyrics and spitfire singing by Beyonce that really makes the song. The synth in the background along with the dial tone really brings it all together.

“So Happy I Could Die” sounds all too familiar to give too much good credit to Gaga. It’s got repetitive beats along with a formula that doesn’t stray from the path enough to be original. The album closer, “Teeth” is the best song off the album in my opinion. First off, listen to the song and take out the lyrics. If you listen to the music it sounds like this song could have been a direct rip from any of the many Aladdin movies. If you don’t think so, then you’ve obviously never seen those movies. While most of the song is rather similar it is still one of the best and most fun songs she has ever created. It shows that bad girl side of her and still manages to make for a fun song to bob your head to. While it’s still Lady Gaga, the same person that spawned countless plays on MySpace, she still is able to create something that is semi-fresh and fun as hell to listen to. The Fame Monster is packed with hard hitting synths, heavy dance tracks, and plenty of good times to last you until she puts another great record on the shelves.

Listen: Bad Romance, Speechless, Telephone and Teeth.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Blindsided
November 25th 2009



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I quite possibly could be called gay for actually liking it this much.

dylantheairplane
November 25th 2009



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think we both enjoyed it equally.

But Teeth is not the best imo. The music on it really has no progression through the song

Blindsided
November 25th 2009



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can agree with that, but for some reason I just love it so much.

Roach
November 25th 2009



2149 Comments


subpar debut are you serious?

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
November 25th 2009



1588 Comments


Nah I enjoy her full length debut album more than this.

EVedder27
November 25th 2009



6088 Comments


Nice work bro even if I'm stunned you listened to it. pos'd.

Blindsided
November 25th 2009



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought this was wayyy better than The Fame, sorry.

Roach
November 25th 2009



2149 Comments


nah











although Bad Romance is stupidly good

dylantheairplane
November 25th 2009



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is better than The Fame, but its not subpar

bears
December 27th 2009



106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my favorites are alajandro and dance in the dark

jackie2008
January 8th 2010



29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think that the Fame Monster is better than the Fame, but slightly so. Speechless and Bad Romance are the best cuts of this short, but very good album.

applesoup
August 2nd 2010



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didn't think i could ever like a pop star so much. I used to look at gaga, and think she was trying to hard, but I actually think its brilliant, and repetitive? Well pop music is. I love it, and she is a fucking genius, her whole image is brilliant. And this album is definetly not a rip off. Alejandro, Monster, So Happy I could Die are probably my favourites.



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