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Fame
     

The Fame

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by Lady Gaga
 

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The times were crying out for a pop star like Lady GaGa -- a self-styled, self-made shooting star, one who mocked the tabloid digital age while still wanting to wallow in it -- and one who's smart enough to pull it all off, too. That self-awareness and satire were absent in the pop of the new millennium, where even the best of the lot operated only on one level, which

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The times were crying out for a pop star like Lady GaGa -- a self-styled, self-made shooting star, one who mocked the tabloid digital age while still wanting to wallow in it -- and one who's smart enough to pull it all off, too. That self-awareness and satire were absent in the pop of the new millennium, where even the best of the lot operated only on one level, which may be why Lady GaGa turned into such a sensation in 2009: everybody was thirsty for music like this, music for and about their lives, both real and virtual. To a certain extent, the reaction to The Fame may have been a little too enthusiastic, with GaGa turning inescapable sometime in the summer of 2009, when she appeared on countless magazine covers while both Weezer and DAUGHTRY covered "Pokerface," the rush to attention suggesting that she was the second coming of Madonna, a comparison GaGa cheerfully courts and one that's accurate if perhaps overextended. Like the marvelous Madge, Lady GaGa ushers the underground into the mainstream -- chiefly, a dose of diluted Peaches delivered via a burbling cauldron of electro-disco -- by taming it just enough so it's given the form of pop yet remains titillating. Sure, GaGa sings of disco sticks, bluffin' with her muffin, and rough sex, but her provocation doesn't derive solely from her words: this is music that sounds thickly sexy with its stainless steel synths and dark disco rhythms. Where GaGa excels, and why she crossed over, is how she doesn't leave all this as a collection of hooks and rhythms, she shapes them into full-blown pop songs, taking the time to let the album breathe with chillout ballads and percolating new wave, like the title track that echoes Gwen Stefani in dance diva mode. But where Gwen simply celebrates celeb consumer culture, GaGa bites, her litany of runway models, pornographic girls, and body plastic delivered with an undercurrent of disdain, even as she loves all the glitz. This dichotomy propels much of The Fame, particularly on the clever "Paparazzi," where she casts herself as the photographic parasite chasing after her crush, but none of this meta text would work if the songs didn't click, functioning simultaneously as glorious pop trash and a wicked parody of it.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2008
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517854772
catalogNumber:
001180501
Rank:
2198

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Performance Credits

Lady Gaga   Primary Artist
Victor Bailey   Bass
Calvin Gaines   Bass
Colby O'Donis   Background Vocals
Joe Tomino   Drums
Tom Kafafian   Guitar
RedOne   Background Vocals
John Hummell   Drums
Dave Murga   Drums

Technical Credits

Calvin Gaines   Programming
Vincent Herbert   Executive Producer
Martin Kierszenbaum   Composer,Producer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Rob Fusari   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Kierulf   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer
Tony Ugval   Engineer
RedOne   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Lady Gaga   Composer
Josh Schwartz   Arranger,Producer
Joanne Germanotta   Poetry

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The Fame 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Bonaparte More than 1 year ago
When I heard her hit single, "Just Dance," I was intrigued on who Lady Gaga was, because she was a mix of Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera in style and beat. Her other songs, not to mention the hypnotizing "Poker Face" and "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich," are unique and distinctly Gaga's vision which bring a more upbeat or personal style back into a world filled with the same beats on sex, drugs, and violence. Hopefully, Lady Gaga will produce more songs to get us dancing through any situation.
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Plsburydoughboy2.0 More than 1 year ago
It's the new pop act on the block, and she comes out swinging! It's definitely true that she draws parallels from all the other female pop act contemporaries (starting with Gwen Stefani), but that shouldn't be any source of complaint. Lady GaGa can really sing and carry a danceable tune, and aside from a few sidestepping songs (missteps, really), it's a sparkling debut. It's some good dance music with a dash of hip-hop, an old but tried & tested formula which she dishes with aplomb. I woudn't call it instant genius, but this is one of those albums that's more than good for what it is, so have a listen.
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