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Reviewed on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 by Nicole Powers

With fame-obsessed song titles like “Beautiful Dirty Rich” and “Paparazzi,” at face value it might be easy to write off Lady Gaga as pretty vacant. But though her songs explore our ubiquitous fascination with contemporary celebrity culture, in reality Ms. Gaga works way too hard to be mistaken for someone who’s merely famous for being famous. She may have grown up surrounded by real-life Gossip Girls (she attended the same school as Nicky Hilton), and have a burgeoning designer wardrobe (thanks to a generous record label advance), but unlike the glamorous and vapid subjects of her tongue-in-cheek songs, Gaga is no dilettante—she has far too much talent to ever be worthy of the socialite moniker. An alum of the prestigious Tisch School of The Arts, Gaga honed her perfect pop writing skills by penning songs for other artists, including the Pussycat Dolls (but don’t hold that against her). After college, she graduated to the Lower East Side club scene, where her sequin-clad burlesque world came into focus. Drawing on ’70s disco and ’80s electro pop for the 12 tracks that make up The Fame, Gaga writes deluxe ditties that compel the listener to “Just Dance.” The irony-laden lyrics, delivered in a style that owes a little something to Gwen Stefani, are augmented by funky retro synth lines, most of which Ms. Gaga also played. Add fashion inspired by those who made Studio 54 fabulous, and a performance aesthetic that’s one part Madonna and one part Fisherspooner, and the House of Gaga’s multi-faceted disco ball is complete. Let it spin, and the dance of fame begin.

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Comments:

She is simply amazing, and I am dying to get my hands on my most anticipated album of 2008!

Posted Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 06:21 by whisperedvoice

This album deserves a solid 5. Every track on the album is well represented and picked. Kudos to Lady GaGa for bringing back the disco ball into our parties. By the way, it's "Haus of GaGa".

Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2008 @ 02:27 by retrO.mcnuGGet

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