When Lady GaGa was a little girl, she would sing along on her mini plastic tape recorder to Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper hits and get twirled in the air in daddy's arms to the sounds of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. The precocious child would dance around the table at fancy Upper West Side restaurants using the breadsticks as a baton. And, she would innocently greet a new babysitter in nothing but her birthday suit.
It's no wonder that little girl from a good Italian New York family, turned into the exhibitionist, multi-talented singer-songwriter with a flair for theatrics that she is today: Lady GaGa.
"I was always an entertainer. I was a ham as a little girl and I'm a ham today," says Lady GaGa, 22, who made a name for herself on the Lower East Side club scene with the infectious dance-pop party song "Beautiful Dirty Rich," and wild, theatrical, and often tongue-in-cheek "shock art" performances where GaGa - who designs and makes many of her stage outfits -- would strip down to her hand-crafted hot pants and bikini top, light cans of hairspray on fire, and strike a pose as a disco ball lowered from the ceiling to the orchestral sounds of A Clockwork Orange.
"I always loved rock and pop and theater. When I discovered Queen and David Bowie is when it really came together for me and I realized I could do all three," says GaGa, who nicked her name from Queen's song "Radio Gaga" and who cites rock star girlfriends, Peggy Bundy, and Donatella Versace as her fashion icons. "I look at those artists as icons in art. It's not just about the music. It's about the performance, the attitude, the look; it's everything. And, that is where I live as an artist and that is what I want to accomplish."
That goal might seem lofty, but consider the artist: GaGa is the girl who at age 4 learned piano by ear. By age 13, she had written her first piano ballad. At 14, she played open mike nights at clubs such as New York's the Bitter End by night and was teased for her quirky, eccentric style by her Convent of the Sacred Heart School (the Manhattan private school Nicky and Paris Hilton attended) classmates by day. At age 17, she became was one of 20 kids in the world to get early admission to Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Signed by her 20th birthday and writing songs for other artists (such as the Pussycat Dolls, and has been asked to write for a series of Interscope artists) before her debut album was even released, Lady GaGa has earned the right to reach for the sky.
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.'
Glitz, glam, and heartlessness . . . . . . and that sums up what "The Fame" is all about. For me, anyway. I realize I am in the minority in not liking this album, and so, to determine whether or not our tastes match and this review will be helpful to you, consider a song like "Poker Face." Is it just me, or is there something about that song that leaves you feeling hollow? I don't think it's all that catchy and, well, it just isn't fun. It isn't easy, breezy, and groovin' . . . or fluffy and frivolously sweet . . . or charismatically pummeling, tough, and intense. It doesn't have emotion. It's weird. To me, it sounds and feels empty. Like it was composed by and sung by a robot. You can't get inside the track and find a real, flesh-and-blood person behind the pop-star facade. The rest of the album comes from that same emotionally vacant place.
Before I write of this album completely, I would like to recommend three tracks that I thought were actually very good: "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich," "Summerboy," and "The Fame." You can still hear the same detached, (frankly unlikeable!) person at work, but I thought the grooves and hooks were good enough to make up for it. I would also like to give dibs to Lady Gaga for 1) having a good singing voice and 2) being in control of her arty image and sexuality (as opposed to stars who, um, owe their styling to greedy producers and parents.)
Finally, if you love pop music, you should hear this record and form your own opinion about it. While the lyrics are hopelessly banal, (she sings about sex, ambition, money, and the club scene with about the imagination of a tree stump), the beats, production, and singing are quite good. I can see why some people like this album; it is stylish. However, for me, the songs were too heartless to be fun. And once a pop song ceases to be fun, there really is no point in listening to it, is there?...more info
Gaga For This Lady (3.5 Stars) Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga, has pulled all the right strings to stir mass attention and create quite a buzz at retail and radio. It just so happens that she has single-handedly given pop music a stinging shot in the arm. Late 2000s pop needed an intriguing figure like Gaga to come along - a rearview mirror on this decade in Top 40 land makes for a relatively unmemorable glance. Or at least it did until now.
Her public persona may absolutely ooze pretense, but quite the opposite goes for Gaga's music itself - "The Fame" has a healthy serving of sticky, summery, track-repeat-button-beckoning pure pop confections. Save for Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears, no pop performer this decade has succeeded so well at delivering tunes that so squarely hit the musical sweet tooth - treats that are not guilty pleasures but simply pleasures. Gaga, however, outdoes her contemporaries in that she is the principal writer behind her material and creator of her style and persona, even if the music itself is not entirely original - nor need it be.
The opening foursome of "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis, "LoveGame", "Paparazzi" and "Poker Face" are all the stuff of pure pop bliss with melodies that not only thoroughly entrench themselves in the cranium but do not irritate from overexposure or wear out their welcome. They at once demonstrate Gaga's gift for scintillating melodies and sexy, club-friendly lyrics. Choosing RedOne and Rob Fusari as producers was a stroke of genius. These tracks serve as a reminder of an important truth that seems to be eluding not only the general public but the entertainment industry as well - at its best, pop songcraft is as valid a musical endeavor as any other.
"Just Dance" and "Poker Face" have both been solid #1 hits, and "LoveGame" is headed in that direction, currently sitting at #22. With its slinky, sultry beats and yearning, tugging melody, "Paparazzi" is unlike Gaga's current hits in that it is not straightforwardly club-ready but instead benefits from a starker treatment, showing off her particular vocal versatility and grace. Its nearly twisted, dreamy take on unrequited love is wholly original.
Elsewhere, the quality of the album takes a small but noticeable dip. Tracks like the muscular "I Like It Rough" and "Money Honey" are choppy and energetic but instantly forgettable, while the flighty "Summerboy," which catches a ride on an awesome electric guitar, is quite fun yet falls substantially short of being in the league of the album's opening tracks, or, for that matter, substantially differentiating itself from much of the material that pads the middle of the album, "Boys Boys Boys" being a prime example. "Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" is also a sprightly little piece of pop that renders itself completely innocuous. Other tracks such as the breathy, downbeat "Brown Eyes" and the title track attempt to demonstrate Gaga's versatility but show her creative palette wearing a bit thin. Her eagerness to please the listener is never in question, but that these tracks are not worth repeated spins - especially when given such a strong bunch of radio hits at the beginning of the record - is neither.
"The Fame" is not an out and out homerun, but it shows exciting potential for a rare new talent who is already deserving of the title 'pop star.' Gaga knows what people like and she demonstrates unrestrained determination to deliver it. Many young female entertainers draw comparisons to the entertainment powerhouse that is Madonna (Spears and Katy Perry chief examples), but in Gaga the public now has one who is truly worthy of such a comparison. It is a premature stage, of course, but if "The Fame" is any indication Gaga's engagement entertaining pop listeners will be long and fortuitous....more info
Lady GaGa I think the cd is great. A bit cheezy at times. But overall a great cd to listen to....more info
Addicted to this material! Lady Gaga's debut album "The Fame" is great and addictive with fresh and catchy songs with fine examples of lyrics brillance in the brillant "Pokerface", "Just Dance", "Love Game", "Papparazzi", "The Fame" and the hidden gem "I Like It Rough" shows that Lady Gaga is a new breed of a pop singer. The lyrics in some cases are strange but Gaga's well chosen beats and instruments make this disco trip well worth your while.
Gaga manages her "electro pop" professionally and well deserves the attention she has recieved. I haven't enjoyed pop music this much since the fantastic band "Savage Garden" which I still listen heavily to and that to me really is saying something. ...more info
Fun, FUN, Fun...pow!! Lady Gaga is just what pop music needed. She's tons of fun, sexy, and she can write a song! So anyway, I saw 'The Fame' on LP (i always check new music that comes out on vinyl), and so i previewed it and it hooked me right away...it doesn't usually work that way for me...but she did it! So I bought it on LP and cd...this is a great album, through and through! I totally recommend it to anyone who likes pop music. 5 stars :)...more info
Totally Freaking Awesome! I love dance music. If I said I didn't like dance music, I would being lying to you and that would not get our relationship off on the right foot. I heard "Just Dance" one night when I was working on post moves in the middle of a dance floor at a club in Gretna. I was blown away by what I heard. The pace of my moves doubled and my execution was flawless. I can only thank Lady Gagaga for that. My game stepped up on and off the court. I was dropping 40 points per in rec league games because my moves were better and I was having 40 phone numbers dropped on me because of my dance floor performance. Awesome is not even the word for it. I would go wtih Gaschlor. As good as Just Dance is, "Poker Face" is even better. I have an awesome poker face where I look like a Belgian food critic holding in a burp. I win no matter what my hand is because I am poker.
You know what? I kinda am digging the track "The Fame". Welcome to my life. The fame isn't always easy but I still execute everyday. Paparazzi is another good track I can relate to. When I go out in Gretna, all three members of the paparazzi follow me around like I have a three piece hungry man chicken dinner tied around my neck. It'a part of the Bpimp experience.
So get this CD and you 10 year relationship with average could soon end....more info
The Joys of Honesty I love that Lady Gaga went ahead and said in her album, "This is who I am, I'm not gonna lie." That got her far in my book, also enjoyed the really tricky dance & pop music, the lyrics were layed down like there was no tomorrow....more info
I feel like someone is playing a prank on me with these reviews! I honestly do not understand how this thing has over 4 stars, it should be hovering around 1 or 2 (and it will get there in just a year or so.)
This has got to be the worst dance album I have ever heard in my life. Mindless pop/dance music can be fun, no doubt, but this is beyond grating. The lyrics are so bad they aren't even laughable, they are borderline infuriating. And I don't even care for lyrics! I'm not a music snob but I cannot listen to a song in which the singer talks about something being "fantastical" or to "spend every last dollow in my pocko" I don't get it! I do not know what a "disco stick" is (although I have a good idea) but why is it in a song!?!?
There is some pretty good production on this album, if it was an instrumental album I would like it
Horrible horrible lyrics (even funky house music has better lyrics than this album!)
Songs have poor structure
Lady GaGa has a very poor voice, and her attempts at "rapping" are nauseating
If this is where dance music in the mold of Madonna, Kylie Minogue and others is heading, I'm OUT! I'll stick to my trance music, with good female vocalists and tolerable lyrics.
Definetly not a one hit wonder! First CD where I like every song on the album, I even have a few as my ringtones. I usually don't even buy cd's but I had to have this one and I love it!...more info
Party Music This CD is great for parties. The songs make you want to shake your body. I hear this record in mp3 format when I'm working out makes me very energetic. I got it at special price of only $5 which made me very happy....more info
More like "Lady Garbage" I give this CD 2 stars because there were 2 "Good" songs on it. Of course "Just Dance" is awesome, and the next would have to be "Poker Face" which has the same feel. The rest of the tracks are garbage (fillers). Save yourself some money and download the singles from Amazon - [...]. Of course this is just my opinion. Take it as you wish.
I'm pretty sure Lady Gaga will be a one hit wonder....more info
Do you want "....Fame?" Majority of Lady Gaga's tracks are danceable, catchy, and full of energy and stamina; however, several songs fail to make my playlist. I've blocked them out of my mind as I can't recall them. One of the bonus tracks, "Summerboy", is reminiscent of the sounds of "No Doubt" (Gwen Stefani). That was a throwback but again it's in the groove of grooves. I love "Just Dance," and "Poker Face" is adorable as well as "Paper Gangsta ("M.I.A."-ish without the gunshots). If you want high-energy electric pop...dance music that will keep you above ground, then Lady Gaga's "The Fame" is the CD for this moment. Her presence is electrifying and I can't wait to purchase more music from this artist. ...more info
Very Fun Album!!!! Great New Artist!!! This cd is a very fun album with catchy lyrics and bass pounding beats! She is a great new artist of '09. She reminds me of my favorite artist Gwen Stefani. My favorite tracks are Just Dance, Love Game, Poker Face, Beautiful and Dirty Rich, and The Fame. This cd is definitely worth a listen! ...more info
The perfect mix Lady Gaga's music is the perfect mix of Pink, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Natasha Beddingfield and Fergie. I love it!
My only complaint is that at least one song I wouldn't let my kids listen to. I guess the innuendo is too much...she wants to take a ride on your disco stick in LoveGame....more info
Good Album! I thought this chick was crazy at first! She's so manufactured in trying to be different, it turned me off,initially. I thought she's never going to make it in America. A few monthes later, i listened to just dance on the radio and thought it was really good. The beats are good, plus there's very little techo type music that popular in the us. Shes helping to bring that European type music to America. Love Game is also very good. It's cheasey, but great beats. I think her image is crazy, but overshadows the music to much. ...more info
Radio goo goo, radio gaga....... I could do without a couple of the songs on the cd but overall Lady GaGa rocks the house. I love her sense of style, she's borderline tacky, but in a good way. I saw her on Jimmy Kimmell and it was enough to spark up interest to hear her music. My standout tracks are "Just Dance", "LoveGame", "Poker Face" (it sounds like she's saying F!@# her face, yikes!), "StarStruck", "Paper Gangsta" and my fave track "Money Honey". I hate most of the other tracks but that's ok, you just want to blast the good ones loud and crank up the bass in your car. Lady Gaga has a soulful voice bordering on Gwen Stefani and Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons. It will be interesting to see what Lady Gaga will do post "The Fame"....more info
Lady Gaga -- The Fame: Lady Gaga's gimmick -- aside from being a Female impersonator (hey, folks: s/he's "bluffin' with her muffin," to quote her own damn lyric, a lyric to which she adds that she's, "stunnin' with her love-glue gunnin...." I'll probably be flamed here for pointing out that Gaga is male -- but hey, by all means, feel free to do the math for yourself) -- is harmonic contrast, taken to the absolute extreme: Gaga presents a female voice with backing vocals that are exclusively male, for example; uses alternations of vocoder with vocal, and even drops her male backing vocals (Poker Face) so deeply down into the mix -- to levels of bare audibility (and seemingly keyshifted and placed into mono) -- while keeping her own lines recorded almost into the red -- all of which is fine, by the way, perfectly fine. It's a hit-record by the numbers, but this is really, REALLY well done.
"Just Dance" is such an obvious monster at radio that I imagine record company execs were literally drooling over the future numbers -- any song THIS well done can move a million units in re-mixes ALONE. "Poker Face" is double-bridged (using a bridge into chorus and another bridge out of it), "Just Dance" uses a rap in the place of a guitar solo (her own, in one mix, a male voice for the current radio edit) -- again, this is all about harmonic contrast. Some of the songwriting here is remarkably sophisticated, the crux of it is that the sophistication here is used to communicate the simplest of possible messages -- another contrast -- call it poetic contrast, if you like.
"Just Dance" and "Poker Face" are obvious singles, although "Poker Face" is not your typical single selection due to the incredible degree of songwriting sophistication -- the fidelic qualities aside, here. I do wish Gaga would fade-out the obvious singles instead of hard-stopping everything; some at radio seemed to have re-mixed a fade-out into Gaga's titles themselves, and feels correct for mass market airplay -- and Gaga, if you're reading this, let me say that this feels utterly correct for club-play, as well; it's not exactly a secret that giving the DJ a nice long fade-out to work with makes things a lot easier for the guy spinning the wax at any club, and improves your own spin-count.
I notice (welllll... at least I think I notice) that Gaga is sharp enough to keep the bass line slightly leading the drums during choruses, while the bass line seemingly trails the drums during verses -- the choruses thereby seem WONDERFULLY set-off and are some TRUE earworms. Gaga has a voice that seems to be in F, is naturally sharp, and with a natural trill as well as power -- Gaga CAN sing, keys are held and pitches are true, even live (well, from what I've seen at YouTube so far) -- and is set off, once again, by backing vocals that are male, generally in E or C, generally buried in the mix, used to set-off her own vocals via contrast -- Gaga is clearly the star of this show.
The amount of thinking that went into the production here is obvious; this is an absolute monster of a record made by people who clearly know what they are doing. Gaga's look, presence, manner, and sound are the result of an awful lot of thought -- she has everything she needs to be the next generation's Cher, and I mean that in a good way.
You know... one more thought: we have had so many years of pop music pretending to be anti-pop; think of the entire grunge movement, for example... that Gaga's timing into the marketplace couldn't have been more perfect: Gaga's quote that pop art, "will never be low-brow," allows her to actually position herself as a musical anti-hero by firmly embracing the confines of pop AS AN ACT OF REBELLION. (!)
Yeah, I'm telling you: if Nirvana and Peal Jam had never happened, Gaga would never have had the opportunity to explode like this.
You KNOW I'm right.
Looking out across the musical horizon of the moment, Gaga is probably the sharpest knife in the drawer.
The potential career here for this person, whoever they are, is a FRANCHISE.
Leave Your Brains at the Door Lady Gaga may not be the best musician around, and chances are this is the kind of album that the world will collectively forget in about a year or so, but still, "The Fame" does have its moments. Made for fans of absolutely meaningless dance-pop music, this is the kind of album that is meant to win over fans of Kylie Minogue and Rachel Stevens.
Granted this isn't exactly my bag, but the album sounds good halfway through, and then quickly loses steam. Lead single "Just Dance" is no competition for Track 2 "Lovebug", but thats a minor quibble in an album that so frantically wants to proclaim its addictiveness. For the record, I found the production a little too techno and screechy, and had to listen to it in about three sittings before I could finish the whole thing.
So is the hype justified? No, not really. This isn't really comparable to even the more average Dannii Minogue records, and its a pity that Lady Gaga saves her best stuff for other peoples' albums (check out her "Big Girl Now" on New Kids on the Blocks' new CD). But since shes having her 15 minutes, we may as well cut her some slack and let her enjoy it.
Three Stars. Pretty much just average....more info
Best Dance album of 2008 If you like Just Dance then you'll love the rest of this album. I saw her in concert, not only can she perform all of her music was worth listening to. Why isn't her hits on the radio like all of Justin Timberlake's recent album? Enough said....more info
Lady Gaga This was given to my granddaughter for Christmas. She begged for it endlessly and absolutely loves it. She listens to it all the time....more info
It's a good pop album but not the next coming... It's a good album, don't get me wrong. But this isn't the second coming or anything. And I don't know if I can agree with "lyrical genius" like some have said. But it's got a good beat, I can dance to it! ...more info
Liked this one overall An interesting debut cd by the artist known as Lady GaGa. With the obvious fav cut for me being "Just Dance". I found myself liking a few other songs on the cd as well. Well actually just about everyone except for Brown Eyes which i just couldn't get into at all. Maybe I have to be in a different mood to enjoy but I don't see myself repeating that one too many times. I thought that overall "The Fame" was more than good enough to warrant purchase and attention by anyone looking for some music that they can get down to and have fun with. I look forward to her next effort after taking the plunge on this one....more info
The Most Innovative Album of the Past 5 Years! I'm pretty sure Lady Gaga's The Fame will be regarded as one of the most creative and excellent albums of the 2nd half of the 21st century. So good, and so catchy. No filler here folks! Can't wait for the next album....more info
Best album of 08 I absolutely love The Fame. Its a great dance cd that never lets up. Its lyrics are creative and innovative, and the beats would make even the most boring person want to get up and dance. People have commented that lady gaga has ripped off Christina Aguilera...which is bull. If anything its the other way around, and while Christina butchers the electronic pop world with god awful hits Keeps gettin better, and dynamite. Lady gaga delivers exactly what it should sound like. With dance fueled hits Just Dance, LoveGame, StarStruck, Pokerface, Money Honey, I Like It Rough, The Fame, and Beautiful Dirty Rich. This is a grand debut for the 22 yr old Lady Gaga...all ready being hailed as the future of pop music, with her crazy lyrics, and beats, as well as her retro, yet futuristic look and sound. She's one of a kind, and loves it. Will be interesting to see how she matures on her next album...but until then just enjoy every moment of the FAME!...more info
SO awesome I got this CD after I fell in love with Just Dance when hearing it on the radio. Lady GaGa simply ROCKS. Her sound is so fresh and new, her lyrics are witty, funny and way creative. I keep bouncing around on my favorite song. I think my top fav's are Poker Face; Beautiful, Dirty, Rich; The Fame; and Disco Heaven.
I do have to admit that I'm slightly reminded of Gwen Stefani in the tone of Lady GaGa's voice, but that's about where the similarities end. She is truely one of a kind.
This is the first time in a LONG time I've listened to an album and loved every single track on it. There isn't one track on this album that I think is bad. I do have my favorites, of course, but I could happily listen to the entire album over and over and over....oh wait...I do. :)
Simply Amazing... Lady GaGa shows her supreme talent on this album. "The Fame" is one of THE best albums to come out in over a decade, period. With her supreme artistry, breath-taking vocal talent, amazing perfomances (ever read a review of her live show? She blow's 'em away Every Time), and original fashion, Lady GaGa will take over the world! If Stevie Nicks and Prince had a love-child in 1986, you'd get Lady GaGa. Lady GaGa is utterly fantastic.
"Pop Music Will Never Be Low-Brow"
I can't wait to see her live (I'm sure it'll bring me to tears, just like the first time I saw Stevie Nicks live)!!
Excellent CD! Unlike most CDs where only a few songs were good, this CD is jam-packed with songs perfect for a cardio workout, road trip or the clubs. ...more info
Addictive. This album is top-tier pop. Great beats, clever synth/vocal combinations that will stick in your head for weeks.
Obviously the flagship song is "Just Dance", but I find myself listening to hidden gems like "Starstruck", "Love Game", and "I Like It Rough" more and more each day.
So much of this album is creative and fun, and it's perfect for headphones. ...more info
artist=can stand her, music=awesome i really cant stand her, she annoys me a lot,but but i really really like her music
its catchy,well produced and keeps u pumped
so yeah ill keep liking her music and i hope she becomes more likeable
that would hurt...more info
If You Don't Have Lady Gaga's The Fame Go Get It lady gaga or i should say the album the fame reminds me of a britney spears and gwen stefani i really am addicted to the fame and i think lady gaga is very talented and i think if you were thinking of buying this cd because you heard one of her songs on the radio tv or myspace page it is really worth your money and you will be pleased my favorite songs on the fame are 1.lovegame 2.eh eh nothing else i can say 3.the fame 4.i like it rough 5.starstruck 6.just dance 7.pokerface ...more info
Surprisingly good This is one of the best pop/dance CDs to come along in years. Actually, it's one of the best CDs period to come out recently. There's been a drought of good new music in the past few years. This CD is a nice splash of rain to break that drought some. The songs on here, with few exceptions are catchy. But not in a bubblegum, airhead way. There actually is substance and originality to this CD. Another reviewer called it "odd." That's all right here, cuz the odd testifies to the fact that this CD isn't like a thousand others already made. It's got its own groove and it's a fun one. ...more info
GaGa This album is everything GaGa claims it to be. Pure POP! I'm forever hooked on Lady GaGa!...more info
Ambitious and fun at first, but misses its mark after the first 6 or so songs "Fame" starts out with some really dance-heavy, sure fire hits; "Love Game", "Papparrazi", "Just Dance" and of course my all-time favorite, "Pokerface". After that, the album falls flat with mostly slow and uninspired songs that go in every direction, but fun. There really aren't any more catchy hooks, beats or any unique lyrics after around track 6. Theres a really lame bluesey song and a few pop songs that sound like recycled garbage from all the one hit wonders of yesteryear. I recommend burning off the songs that are to your liking and selling the cd. Either that, or just downloading the first 5 or 6 tracks off itunes or amazon....more info
Love/Hate At first I couldn't stand this girl, But after hearing so much hype about her I got curious so I gave her chance. She's actually pretty cool, I'm glad I kept an open mind. I came across some great songs to add to my iPOD.
Lady Gaga's vocals are very easy on the ears. As for the music, I like just as many songs as hate. 'Just Dance' 'Poker face' 'Nothing Else I Can Say' 'Money Honey' 'Paparazzi' & 'The Fame' Are the only songs I like from the album. I don't care for anything else on the album.
However, I'll be following her career now, I'll be looking forward to her sophomore release. Can't wait.
The Fame - Lady GaGa Lady GaGa has surprisingly put a fresh spin into current pop music. You can obviously see her pulling inspiration from the likes of David Bowie and Madonna. She has an amazing way of putting a new twist on things that have already been done in the music world. The album is a very theatrical piece of work. Many of the songs have a dark 80s synthesizer feel to them, but the lyrics are able to take us to much happier places. Lady GaGa also manages to add humor to the music in the way that she delivers each song. "Just Dance" was the perfect lead single to pull from this collection. It proved itself by reaching #1 on the Billboard Charts. It's a non-stop dance single that is sure to get any party going. "LoveGame" and "Poker Face" showcase GaGa satisfying her sexual appetite with tongue-n-cheek lyrics and thick beats. She also offers up a softer side with "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) and the somber "Brown Eyes." The Fame is able to come across as a very enjoyable dance record. I do feel that the album should be shortened by two songs. It does tend to feel a tad bit lengthy with 14 tracks on the disc. It's all just a matter of opinion.
The Fame is probably one of the greatest pop/dance records within the last 10 years. It allows the audience to take a glimpse into Lady GaGa's world of fashion, art, money, sex, and fame. She oozes sex appeal, has a great voice, and even writes her own material. Pick this one up. ...more info
A bit of everything! Wow, I love every single track on this CD. Lady Gaga's music style and fashion echoes of Bj?rk, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, and Queen. And the music reminds you a bit of everything from electronic, rock, pop, and techno. What a refreshing, exciting conconction! I love this new artist....more info
Better then Madonna There.. I've said it Lady Gaga is better then Madonna in my eyes.
it's one of the best CD'S i've ever owned in my life
Great album! This is a very enjoyable album. It's clever and it gets you moving. I would definitely recommend buying this one....more info
Best pop record in quite some time I absolutely adore this cd. I dig almost every track, except Brown Eyes because it's slow. Great dance music, great fun. I highly recommend it!...more info
The Fame? She's been around for less than a year. I find it amusing that Lady GaGa calls her album "The Fame" when no one knew who she was before her single "Just Dance." She hasn't been on the airwaves for even a year and yet has the nerve to call her first album "The Fame." The 2008 hit "Just Dance" is pretty enjoyable. Think of it as a mix between Gwen Stefani and more limited Christina Aguilera-wannabe vocals. Too many of the songs on "The Fame" sound similar. I didn't care for her most recent hit "Poker Face." It kind of sounded like "Just Dance Part 2." I did enjoy some songs on here like "Brown Eyes" and "Beautiful Dirty Rich" but I was still dissapoined with this album. I understand what direction Lady GaGa was going with her new album but I just wasn't feeling a lot of her songs. I hope her second album will be better because I actually think she has potential. Her voice is decent and her style is unique. Here's hoping for a better second album!...more info
GaGa over GAGA Lady GAGA is the real deal and is a flash back to the 80's and the days of Dale Bozio, lead singer for Missing Persons. Her name is taken from the Queen song "Radio GAGA" and you'll be every bit as GaGa over her and her catch tunes such as Lovegame, Paparazzi as well as the hits Just Dance and the ever popular Pokerface. She even throws in a few ballads which are not bad but it's her signature dance beats and catchy hooks that will find in your head in the middle of the night and first thing in the morning....more info
PICK DIS CD UP THIS CD IS HOT NOT ONE BA SONG ON THE WHOLE CD LADY GAGA IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SINGERS RIGHT NOW.......more info
Great Dance Music and More There is no doubt that this album is a great dance and feel good record, but it is more. Lady GaGa has a great and powerful voice which does shine through the beat. There is also no doubt that the songs do have a retro feel to the likes of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, The Waitresses, The Go Gos, and several others from the 80s. That is no big surprise since this time period was her inspiration. However, she is able to come through as fresh which many of the other female singers of today are not able to do. Personally I think she is much better than Gwen Stefani who many have related her to. Gwen Stefani is fine, but her songs with No Doubt are in my opinion are far better than her solo efforts. There is a likeness to the present day Britney Spears, but Britney has also been heavily influenced by Madonna. It is interesting to note that some reviews have criticized the song "Brown Eyes" which I think is the one song that shows Lady GaGa in a different, but good, way. It is hard to tell what will happen with Lady GaGa, but she is deserving of a long and profitable career. This album shows that she should definitely be more than a one hit wonder which of course she already is with the huge hits of "Just Dance" and "Poker Face." I definitely recommend this CD and this will be a huge album throughout the summer of 2009....more info
Lada Gaga Gagabulous! This is one of the best dance CDs I have ever heard.
The sounds are truly unique.
I love her vocals, powerful and fun vocals!
Honestly - the CD is incredibly seductive, if you give it a chance (and you like club music) -- you will just surrender to its pulsating hot reality!
I am very thankful to see Lady Gaga being the artist she is.
She is very inspiring, pushes the envelope (ok - she burns the envelope!), and she is a star (not a star in a contrived box). I look forward to see how she continues and develops her art even further.
I'm very excited to see what she does next!
AND then - she is a show-stopping, knock-em-dead | bring-em-back-to-life - Performance Artist.
Yes - the ground is shaking...it is Gagalicious!
It is Gagabulous!
The ground is shaking with new Love Games and Poker Faces and Disco Stick Beats!!!! (and Pink Bubble Pianos too!)... :-)
Just surrender to Gaga!
Lady GaGa a Lesson in Style Over Substance. I enjoy dance music and electronic music, so I wouldn't mark an album down for being electronic or dance oriented. There is something initially alluring about Lady GaGa: the over-the-top theatrics, the whacky costumes, and the over-calculated image. Yet... Listening and watching Lady GaGa is a lot like eating a 10 lb bag of candy; you feel great initially and then once you get off the sugar high, you feel like crap and realize that what you had wont benefit you in any way and will only help you gain wait and cause you to be strung out. Don't get me wrong, these songs are enjoyable, just like candy, but because of the mask that Lady GaGa (literally and figuraratively) hides behind, you'll realize there is nothing substantle after a few listens listens.
There is an aweful lot of talk about sex in most of the songs "Love Game", "Summer Boy", "Boys, Boys, Bors", "Starstruck", money "Money Honey", "Beautiful Dirty Rich", and even puppy love "Eh, Eh" and "Paparazzi". There is nothing substantial to connect to, everything after a few listens feels very diconnected from reality. Its a lot like watching a Broadway Musical, only you'll get more out of most broadway musicals then you will out of this.
Th overall feeling of the album is very overproduced, although from live performance it is clear Lady GaGa has a pretty good voice (better than some, but worse than others), it is hidden behind a lot of studio gimickry and dramatics. The only tracks that are still awesome after 10 listens are "Pokerface" and "Just Dance" which are glossy dance pop at its very best. The other attempts at such catchy pop tunes like "Love Game" are not quite as sucessful, especially with some of the god awful lyrics; even though some of the lyrics in "Poker face":
'I wont telll you that I love you, kiss you or hug you, cause of bluffin with my muffin, I'm not lyin, I'm just stunnin with my love glue gunnin.'
Many of the lyrics in these songs seem like veiled attempts at shocking people or the like.
I come from a theatrical background, and what initially attracked me to Lady GaGa were her theatrics, it fools you into believing she is something new or fresh. I will not deny that she is very talented, she obviously has some gifts when it comes to showmanship, but only time will tell how long people will be able to stand her if she never grows are changes as an artist and really adds her personality into the music.
When I was a teenager, I thought it meant something special if something wrote their music, now I realize it really doesn't matter. If someone sings well let them do what they do best and since, why should they have to write music if they suck at it? If someone is mediocre at singing and can write great music, let them stay a writer. In fact, I don't hear people criticizing writers for not singing their stuff more often; double standard much? Some people are good at writing and singing, some people are just good at one, only time will tell if Lady GaGa is good at either of these. At this point in time, it is impossible to tell with all the smoke and lights.
a gift for that special someone if u like dance music then this is one get for that special some one ...more info
Disco Stick This album was really great. Even my boyfriend keeps catching himself singing it. My favorites are track 1, 2, and 10....more info
Amazingly catchy and fun dance/pop As a 37 year old dad, I'm not the target audience, but have not stopped listening to this CD since I bought it.
I haven't enjoyed a CD from beginning to end this much since Madonna's "Confessions on a Dance Floor".
You'd think this album came from a confident veteran rather than a debut.
Pretty impressed to learn she wrote songs and played instruments as well.
Track #2 LoveGame is a standout. The heavy synths and beat make up for the silly "disco stick" lyric. It is best heard driving at night on your car stereo.
As others have said, if you like Gwen Stefani, you'll like this.
So nice to have a new star on the scene. She seems like more than a one-hit wonder.
Lady Blahblah is more like it Um.....ok? I'm a fan of dance music, and although I can find an occasional good song on record here I'm unable to figure out why Lady Gaga is as big as she is. "Just Dance" was decent, but I expect more upbeat and faster paced music from a dance artist, especially when her first single is called, well, "Just Dance" (really, can anyone dance to that song? Not really, because it's too slow). "Poker Face" has, if you've checked, since hit No. 1 on the iTunes singles list, and I'm appalled seeing as I think this song lacks any real melodic hook. Gaga has unoriginal, unfeeling vocals and her songs are nothing more than dance fluff (the only song I've found with any hint of a memorable melody is "Paparazzi"). Being a fan of this genre of music, it's hard for me to say this, but The Fame is hardly original and even less entertaining. Lady Gaga? Lady Blahblah is more like it!...more info
A pleasant surprise. So, I was really hesitant about this whole Lady Gaga phenomenon... Her name is kind of ridiculous, what I had seen of her previously was a little outrageous and over the top... Plus, I had only heard very little of Just Dance--mostly just the chorus, which is catchy, but didn't really make me want to hear more. So, here's my breakdown:
1. Just Dance - Very techno, club music. The chorus is catchy but is not what draws you in. The lyrics are not really deep or anything (that isn't Lady Gaga's style), but they are fun.
2. LoveGame - This song is ridiculous, but fun. The chorus is so catchy. It's just a feel-good song that you will play loudly in the car just jammin' out.
3. Paparazzi - This song has the same feel, but isn't as techno-dance-music like. It's a little slower. Love her voice. You can actually get a little more of a feel of it here. And the song isn't actually about the paparazzi...
4. Poker Face - The second single, which I'm sure most people are familiar with. I wasn't as I don't listen to the radio very often. My friend played this song for me, and I thought it was super fun and catchy. The song also has that techno, club song feel (but not in the annoying way that many of that type are). It just has funny lyrics that make you laugh and have a good tine.
5. Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) - This song has a different feel, kind of a retro sound to it. It's not really techno, but it's fun to sing along to. Her voice is really good (which we know isn't always the case with singers these days).
6. Beautiful, Dirty, Rich - This song I guess would be described as euro-pop... It's fun, a little weird. The chorus is really fun, although this isn't my favorite song on here... it's still worth a listen.
7. The Fame - This song is very fun. It's kind of funny... when you think about the lyrics and how some people really think this way. I almost think she might be poking fun at some people for being so obsessed with fame, but maybe she just feels that way too... Who knows? It's fun.
8. Money Honey - Okay. I LOVE this song. It is already one of my favorites. They just played this song on Gossip Girl as well (you should watch that show if you don't). The song is so fun to sing along to (a thing I look for in songs in case you can't tell). It's also a little techno. Her voice sounds really good here too.
9. Starstruck - This song has a different sound than anything you here on the radio or anywhere else really. It's pretty funky. It has some computer stuff going on with her voice. It's definitely a club tune. Gets in your head, but not in a bad way. Has a rap verse in there, which is different from the rest of the album.
10. Boys, Boys, Boys - Really catchy. It's generally not about her lyrics, just how she sings them. This song reminds me of something... maybe an 80s song or something... Really fun... I could also hear this in the club.
11. Paper Gangsta - Once again, not about the lyrics--just how she sings them. I'm not sure what this song is about... almost sounds like it's about a pre-nup or something... I don't know. It's hard to say as she seems kind of random sometimes with her lyrics. It has a good sound regardless. Not as club-sounding, but still pretty upbeat.
12. Brown Eyes - Slower song. Most of the songs are fast--in fact, I think this is the only slower one. It's kind of different, but her voice sounds good. It's a pretty simple song. The song almost reminds me of some retro rock. Some people dislike it I think because it's slower, and most of her stuff is dance, club music. Give it a listen before you dimiss it though.
13. I Like It Rough - Definitely has a club beat to it, but is a little more subdued than other songs on here. The song seems to be about being mistreated in a relationship, but going back for more anyway. Really catchy. It's becoming one of my favorites (I only got the cd yesterday, but put it on my iPod immediately).
14. Summerboy - A good one, but doesn't stick in my head like the other ones do. She reminds me of Gwen Stefani initially in this song. Almost seems retro, but still very upbeat. Fun lyrics. Fun theme.
So, this is a cd that is very fun and upbeat. It's all about having fun. It's one of those cds you blast in your car, listen to at the gym, or dance and sing along to with your girlfriends at the club. If you're looking for something deep, this is not it. But if you want some fun spring/summer music to have fun to, this is it! Like I said, I was apprehensive at first, but can't stop listening to it! Also, as someone pointed out in another review, the lyrics are kind of strange at times, but it's more about how she sings it than what she's actually saying at times (and I'm a lyric girl)....more info
Feeling like a mom here... ...but it upsets me that such music is hitting the airwaves. When I heard "Just Dance", it reminded me of all the underage girls from high school who would go out to the clubs and get wasted. "Gonna be okay". Yeah, right. Massive hangover the next day is more like it. Yes, I know music is about whatever lyrics you want to write about, but it bothers me that this is hitting the ears of the 13-17 year old girls. They probably don't give a care about the words, but I don't feel right hearing my 15 -year-old cousin belt the song out. I guess you can get into a whole arguement about the rappers and other "singers" about their lyrics, but the fact that she is overly-hyped in pop and media as opposed to others...it's upsetting.
I listened to the album so not to be ignorant. Pretty much every song sounds the same; there's a kind of sound effect like a note of a saxophone or something that's present in almost every song (I'm guessing a "signature sound" for her music) and it's annoying as hell. Like others have said, the instrumentals are okay, but the lyrics are ridiculous. ...more info
Big, beautiful voice too constricted by studio sound I like the radio hits "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" as much as anyone, but this woman's big, fine, musical voice is disappointingly constricted by radio-hit-formula-dom. Electronic gimmickry and fiddling is needed for many artists, but not her. Too bad that soaring Melissa Manchester or Bette Midler (or Freddy Mercury!)-style vocals have gone out of fashion. Good grief, even Fergie is allowed to just sing once and a while. I love dance music but would like to hear more of Gaga's actual voice if only the studio would get out of the way. ...more info
Cd Dance Music Great. I love to dance. I dont often buy cd. I love the entire cd and it keep you dancing from beginning to the end....more info
Fun dance music!! I bought this album Friday and haven't stopped listening to it yet!!It's really good dance music,which is the type of music i like.I like that she is trying to do her own thing and not trying to be like the other female singers out today!!A must buy for the dance fan!!I love this cd!!Good job,Lady Ga Ga!!...more info
Remembering me, before it began Being original in this day and age is tough. Clearly. I think music listeners are grasping this fact more readily nowadays or else Lady Gaga wouldn't even be around right now. While Lady Gaga isn't original, she brings an interesting sound to the table full of pounding basslines, synthesizers galore, crazy vocal distortions, and some relatively good vocals to boot. When you can surround the listener with this much action, we'll be a bit more forgiving of lack of originality.
It's pretty clear Lady Gaga is here to do two things.
1. Make dancefloor ready music.
2. Use extremely racy lyrics.
Make no mistake, racy lyrics are nothing new. Just look at Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera primarily. Yet Ms. Gaga's voice is so different from the afforementioned singers and her beats are so good that it doesn't matter. These songs aren't anything most regular people are going to relate to, which is fine. They're fun...at first. By the end of the CD you know basically exactly what to expect which hurts the overall product.
If you only care about the music, nothing else, this CD is sure to please. There isn't any major missteps as far as the songs go, keeping a pretty steady pace throughout the entire CD. The first single, Poker Face, is still a good all around song, as is her current single, Just Dance. Other immediate standouts are Lovegame, Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say), The Fame, Paper Gangsta, and I Like It Rough. The other songs are consistent with the feel of the CD so as not to drag down any spot of the duration.
Lady Gaga is one of those artists that you can't say someone else will like. I really enjoy her but I have friends who cannot stand her. So if you'll enjoy this CD or not is all about your taste in music. For me though, I'll keep recommending it. While The Fame isn't a big departure from other things out right now, it's interesting enough to check out for sure....more info