Has an album title ever been so self-prophetic? In its first year, this electropop opus rocketed Lady Gaga from unknown New York lounge singer to the world’s biggest pop star this side of Britney Spears.The Fame’s brand of pop is shamelessly … see full wiki
Lady GaGa's "The Fame Monster" is in some ways an EP, an addition and expansion from Lady GaGa's debut album The Fame. In other ways, it's a completely new album, simply shorter than the standard album. Regardless, this is good, addictive, dance/pop music. The greatest thing about "The Fame Monster" is that of the 8 new tracks, none of them sound the same. My complaint with many artist is that it sounds as if they find one song or beat that works for them and find a way to re-write it and make a dozen more 'new' tracks out of it. Not the case with "The Fame Monster." Sure, it's only eight tracks long but no track is wasted. Each one feels like an experiment, offering something different style or music-wise.
This is one of the few albums that I felt had no real flaws. The only bad thing I can say about it is that, like others, I wish it were longer or had a few more tracks to it. Still, with what's offered, it's a good album. Strong musically and in concept. "Bad Romance" musically is as catchy and addictive as "Poker Face"; hard beat, infectious pop, pure dance. The best track of 'Fame Monster' is, in my opinion, "Alejandro"; it's lyrically catchy, straight forward pop with GaGa's signature 80s/retro vibe. "Monster" has some odd lyrics but it felt like a fun pop song that, though nothing special musically, is quite memorable with the "he ate my heart" line being repeated throughout the song.
Other noteworthy tracks are the final track "Teeth" that is like nothing released by GaGa thus far; it's not so much a dance track but it's very tribal sounding with a heavy bass and drum, giving it a primal vibe. "Dance in the Dark" is straight-up 1980s, even featuring a mini spoken-word part that mimics Madonna's "Vogue" breakdown. "Telephone" featuring Beyoncé has a great 'best of both worlds' vibe as GaGa covers the pop/dance beat and the breakdown has Beyoncé's R&B/urban style added in, giving it a very unique feeling. "So Happy I Could Die" has very suggestive lyrics but it's upbeat and reminded me of a Britney Spears outtake. Finally, "Speechless" is a ballad done in Lady GaGa's style; no, she doesn't try to hit any high notes but the song is packed with emotion and ditches the pop/dance vibe that makes her songs popular for something a bit more emotionally-driven.
In all, "The Fame Monster" is a must buy for any pop music/dance music fan. If you're a Lady GaGa fan and own the first album, you should pick up this album. If you haven't yet purchased the first album, then buy the deluxe edition that features tracks from this release as well as tracks from the first album (including a few other bonus tracks) The Fame Monster [Deluxe Edition].
Listen To These: "Bad Romance", "Alejandro", "Telephone", "So Happy I Could Die"