Lady Gaga
The Fame Monster


3.0
good

Review

by Rationalist USER (50 Reviews)
January 26th, 2010 | 332 replies | 38,105 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gaga shows promise and progression, but she's not all the way there yet.

Maturation, in musical terms, is a rather delicate thing. The end result of this maturation is somewhat unpredictable. The artist can either become a tedious monster or, on the flip side, an interesting creature that attracts its audience. Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster hinted at her undergoing this process from the get-go. I mean hell, an artist which such a transition in subject matter in this short amount of time has to grow up in some way, right? Well, Lady Gaga comes back to show us that, yes, she has undergone said process, subsequently releasing a far more enjoyable and adept album in the process.

“Bad Romance” shows the evolution in her music by way of lyrical content. Rather than commenting on the male genitalia, Ms. Gaga speaks out against sex slavery, even slipping into some French verbiage. The production value on this track is far less comical than that found on The Fame. This leads the listener to realize that Gaga is no longer your run-of-the-mill pop star. She has evolved from her fame days and is now showing true promise. “Speechless” is the best evidence of this evolution, as Gaga channels the eighties ballad inside everyone, and bursts out some emotional, albeit cliché, lyrics. And unlike “Telephone”, Gaga shows that she can not only possess musical talent, but she can intrigue the listener as well. Fortunately, this is not the only track to pique the listener's interest. The odd electronic bits and chants on “Bad Romance” satisfy the listener; the salsa-like chorus in “Alejandro” add dimension to an otherwise bland track, and the infectious, poppy rhythms on the album closer, “Teeth” augment a quaint spoken word. All of these aspects of her music are approached in a much more mature way now that she has undergone the aforementioned process. The charming growth she has experienced makes her music a more enjoyable, charming effort, but there are still the obvious faults.

As Lady Gaga becomes a more prominent figure in pop music, she also has attracted the attention of other mainstream artists. Case in point, Beyonce Knowles contributes her vocals to “Telephone”, arguably, the worst track on the EP. The saving grace of the song is the mediocre rap-stylings of Beyonce. This vocalization adds a much needed pizazz to this otherwise tedious track. Also, the album is still hindered by those cliché pop elements found on The Fame. This is true to her more radio-friendly past, but there are so many hooks on here that don't feel so run-of-the-mill. On “Bad Romance,” Gaga creates one of the most infectious bridges she has ever produced. On “Speechless”, the lounge vibe gnaws its way into your brain. It's the album's most original track, and this creativity is never contrived. More moments like these could easily boost the impact of this EP.

For every couple of fresh ideas Gaga produces here, there's another that reverts back to her earlier works. Therefore, the EP at hand feels less like a new take on her style, but rather a progression that signals a far better release in the near future. Hopefully my predictions are right, because with a little time, Gaga could create the pop opus of the decade.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Rationalist
January 27th 2010


880 Comments


Write-ups rejoice.

fromtheinside
January 27th 2010


18203 Comments


i don't think this is an EP, dude.
She recorgnizes this as her sophomore album.
other than that some good stuff here.

Digging: Tragedy - Vengeance

SeaAnemone
January 27th 2010


20284 Comments


She has evolved from her fame days and is NO(w?) showing true promise.

Other than that nice review. Seems like you had something against her from the get-go though?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2010


15737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Masturbation, in musical terms, is a very delicate thing

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

Prophet178
January 27th 2010


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad I'm not the only one who read it like that.

Rationalist
January 27th 2010


880 Comments


Firstly, I had nothing against her from the get-go. I enjoy some of her tracks from The Fame, but it's really generic and not worth the hyperbolic praise it receives.

And masturbation is a very delicate thing; you could yank it too hard and wind up like Craig Owens, without a penis or a sense of self-confidence.

Asiatic667
January 27th 2010


4648 Comments


She recorgnizes this as her sophomore album.


Then she's pretty lazy, if she couldn't wait to write 7 more tracks and release it separately

fromtheinside
January 27th 2010


18203 Comments


it was something to do with her label.
i'll find the article but i'm 100% sure she recognizes this as her sophomore album.

Asiatic667
January 27th 2010


4648 Comments


Really? Her label wasn't too smart then, If they thought people would buy the same album again just for eight more songs.
I guess it works, though, because Eminem did the same thing with Relapse

Rationalist
January 27th 2010


880 Comments


Find it and I'll change every EP to Lp/album. Till then, thou canst wait to be satisfied.

Rationalist
January 27th 2010


880 Comments


Relapse is horrid. Eminem fell off the wagon.

fromtheinside
January 27th 2010


18203 Comments


well for starters wikipedia says so and i qoute,

The Fame Monster (stylized as The Fame Mons†er) is the second studio album by American recording artist Lady Gaga, released on November 18, 2009. The album's eight songs were initially intended to be part of a re-release of Gaga's debut album The Fame. However, Gaga announced that the new songs would be available as a stand alone album, as she thought the re-release was too expensive and that, as the piece represents a separate conceptual and musical body of work, it does not need the songs of The Fame to support it.


BSX
January 27th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In the 70s and 80s eight track records were considered an album, however each song was hit whether it became a single or not. Now a days most records have 10 - 12 tracks to make up for a shortcoming.

Asiatic667
January 27th 2010


4648 Comments


In the 70s and 80s eight track records were considered an album

I've noticed that. I'm always annoyed at albums only having like 11 tracks, when there could easily be 4 or so more, especially since B-sides sometimes exceed the quality of things that make the album

Rationalist
January 27th 2010


880 Comments


I'll fix that tomorrow, but ffr, wiki is not the most reliable source.

fromtheinside
January 27th 2010


18203 Comments


well they have to cite sources and i'm wayyy to tired to go through all the sources and vindicate them for you, but just read a statement on wikipedia and follow up on it. yes its not the most reliable site, but we're not performing heart surgery here.

Asiatic667
January 27th 2010


4648 Comments


I never know where to look other than wikipedia anyway, and boy it grinds my gears when an article is a stub

Prophet178
January 27th 2010


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.interscope.com/artist/news/default.aspx?nid=23628&aid=599

"Says Lady Gaga, “In the midst of my creative journey composing The Fame Monster, there came an exciting revelation that this was in fact my sophomore album. I would not add, nor take away any songs from this EP, it is a complete conceptual and musical body of work that can stand on its own two feet. It doesn't need The Fame."

Prophet178
January 27th 2010


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So it is technically an EP, but she, the artist, views it as a stand alone album.

I'd say it's still an EP.

fromtheinside
January 27th 2010


18203 Comments


thank you prophet.

stub articles are my worst nightmare.



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