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Picture of: The Fame

Lady GaGa

The Fame


Artist: Lady GaGa

Released: 12 January 2009

Catalogue number: 1796571


by Talia Kraines
09 January 2009

A whole project rather than just a vocalist, Lady GaGa is the determined invention of art school graduate Stefani Germanotta. Blessed with the backing of Akon, a love of synths and 80s pop, and a eye-catching image as well as an obsession with celebrity, her debut album is set to capture the heart of every pop fan as well as establishing the electro-girl revolution that looks set to conquer the close of the decade.

Taking obvious inspiration from Christina Aguilera and name-sharer Gwen Stefani, Lady GaGa lands with the motto that 'pop music will never be low brow' and a sound fuelled by slick productions and urgent beats. Joined by Akon protégée Colby O'Donell, the irresistible Let's Dance has topped charts around the world - but can The Fame live up to such an immediate first hit?

The answer is yes. While the consistent production from the Red One team might not offer up any surprises, it does make you feel like you're listening to a powerful, single filled album. Although the cheeky Boys Boys Boys and awful Uncle John From Jamaica sound-alike Nothing I Can Say might be flirtatious and silly, songs like the strut-tastic Pokerface and expensive Money Honey express her overwhelming desire for celebrity and fortune. The robotic Love Game with its brilliant line ''I want to take a ride on your disco stick'' is brilliant, but utterly cold and leaves us awarding Gaga the yearbook title of 'pop star most likely to kill'. When the mask does slip, it's even more effective, most noticeably in the overwhelmingly heart swelling chorus of Paparrazi.

A Christina Aguilera clone, perhaps, but in these days where we're crying out for our pop stars to have a personality, Gaga's flamboyance and ultimately the catchiness of her songs is sure to cement her place in the list of pop idols.

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Tara Stevenage...
This Album is BRILLIANT... the best album I have bought in ages... Fantastic for a Party... I love the songs Paparazzi and PokerFace... and Boys Boys Boys... Worth the money...Emma from Scunthorpe... Definatley worth it!!

Pete, London
A wholly unremarkable album and certainly not worthy of the hyperbole heaped upon it. Will appeal to any one about to the buy their first ever album but of no consequence to the more discerning listener.

good cd NOT!

Bethany Day
This is so catch i love it (:

Jack Hinton, Cardiff
Sorry, but a Christina Aguilera clone! Shes so much better! Her album is amazing and all those wannabes which beat her in the sound of music 09 list, i would like too see them score a number one hit globally.This girl is the best and could well be the new Britney. Oh yeh and Emma, i know its early but this is the best album of 09.

Jim, Sydney
The album is fantastic! Reviewer is spot on: Poker Face, Money Honey, bonus track I Like it Rough is hot as well. Buy it!

Janine, Stevenage
This album is amazinbg, i got hold of it whilst travelling in America, such a party album

AreLay, Indonesia
I Love Gaga's Music...So so energic!!!I Love it!!!

Emma, Scunthorpe
I haven't yet bought the album, Just wondering if anyone has listened to it - I like her recent song - Just Dance - But dont want to be dissapointed if on a whole it's not that good..Then i can just buy the one song on my ipod. Advice please! :)

Hannah Skool Swaffham
Hi Lady GAGA u r great i luv your song dance ur great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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