Album Review; The Fame Monster (Lady Gaga, 2009)
‘The Fame Monster’, originally intended to be another deluxe edition of Lady Gaga’s previous smash hit album ‘The Fame’, was released less than ten days ago around the world. It is sold as a standalone, containing eight magnificent songs, or as a deluxe edition also including all the songs from ‘The Fame’ as well as bonus tracks ‘Disco Heaven’ and ‘Retro Dance Freak’.
Throughout this incredible album, Lady Gaga stamps her name in the music world, claiming her own unique electronic pop sounds with often raunchy lyrics. Lady Gaga stretches herself to new heights in every song.
The lead single, ‘Bad Romance’, is a catchy song, similar to ‘Poker Face’ with its own catchy hook (“Ra ra ra ra ra, romah, romah mah, gaga, oohla la, want your bad romance!”) Coupled with an amazing music video, this song sets the scene for a spectacular album.
“Alejandro” is a unique song, far different to any of the songs on ‘The Fame’. ‘Monster’ is another standout.
Beyonce returns the favour by featuring on Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’, a groovy song. ‘Dance in the Dark’ and ‘So Happy I Could Die’ are both also amazing songs which are similar to the tracks on ‘The Fame’.
The standout of the album, however, goes to ‘Speechless’. This ballad shows Lady Gaga’s versatility as an artist and shows she is capable of just about everything (perhaps country next?). This song literally left me speechless the first time I heard it, sending shivers down my spine.
However, ‘Teeth’ was disappointing. The lyrics (“Don’t want your money, just want your sex. Take a bite of my bad girl meat”) are extremely raunchy and, to me, go too far.
The second disk containing all the tracks on ‘The Fame’ fortify the album’s strength.
This truly monstrous album has cemented Lady Gaga’s place in the pop world and I honestly cannot wait to see what magic she brings out next.