The Fame (Lady Gaga)

4 stars (out of 5)


Lady Gaga has been riding high in the pop charts recently having reached the prestigious number one spot last week. Her album now sits in the top-ten, at number four.

Lady Gaga’s debut album, ‘The Fame’ begins with ‘Just Dance’ which is one of her most successful tracks with a driving beat, recurring themes and lyrics that help make it very memorable.

Joanne Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga’s real name) started her musical career as a teenage writing piano ballads and playing at open mike nights. Now at the age of just 22, she has become an icon for the popular music scene.

Lady Gaga calls herself an ‘entertainer’. The music on her album shows that she has managed to produce a number of hits that are of a similar standard to her childhood idols, such as Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

Described as being an ‘exhibitionist, multi-talented singer-songwriter with a flair for theatrics’ (according to her website- she appears to be emulating Madonna in her fashion sense. Through her theatrical style and entertainer characteristics, her act has a similar feel to that of Elton John or more timely, Grace Jones.

There are a number of climaxes throughout the album and two additional tracks (‘Disco Heaven’ and ‘Again Again’) as well as extra bonus content that provide a special treat for the listener and fans.

Although the album is mainly made up of a wealth of love songs there are plenty of variations. One of my favourite tracks is ‘Paparazzi’ which has a slower and quieter tempo than many of the other songs but contains lyrics that draw on the relationship between stars and the media.

Other songs which make up the sixteen-track album include, ‘Starstruck’ with a strong driving beat and regular rhythm. ‘Boys Boys Boys’ is a great track which could easily accompany the Sugababes successful summer hit ‘Here come the girls’.

‘The Fame’ is the title track of the album and has just as many pulsating beats and techno as the hit ‘Just Dance’. It’s very lively and bounces along nicely; it feels like a song that has to be sung along to and could easily become an anthem similar to musical theatre’s ‘Fame’.

The album is a feel good triumph which will suit most music fans libraries. Plenty of good photography and nicely formatted lyrics as well as the bonus features and tracks add to the experience.

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