The Fame [Bonus Track]

The Fame [Bonus Track]

by Lady Gaga

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Overview

Fueled by heavy dance tracks and popping electronic beats, The Fame, the first album by the glamorous Lady Gaga, is a well-crafted sampling of feisty anti-pop in high quality. Already a famous female DJ in her own right, Lady Gaga (nee Stefani Germanotta) pulls out all the stops on The Fame, injecting hard-hitting synthesizers and crashing slicks and grooves. From its opening track until it closes, The Fame fails to come up short on funky sounds to amuse fans of this dance genre. However, what carries this album to new heights is the combination of voice and the razor sharp lyrics which accompany it. Gaga's sound is no different than that of Gwen Stefani, however her coy delivery of each cooing note gives the album a laid-back slick feeling of ease, which meshes with the dramatic beats that back the album up. In addition, the lyrics which feed the album, especially on the desirous "Paparazzi" or the boastful, vain "Beautiful Dirty Rich," salt and pepper the album with a nasty, club-friendly feeling of fun and feistiness that an excellent, well-produced dance album should have. The lyrics are not any more deliciously entertaining than they are on the title track, which feeds the listener savory lines like "Give me something I wanna be, retro glamour, Hollywood yes we live for the fame." There are a couple of missteps, such as the rock-tinged non-dance piano track "Again Again" (which would be a nice track had it not been sandwiched between such meaty ones). Plus, the The Fame has it's "ballad," however the breezy "Eh, Eh" doesn't hold water on this album; rather, it feels dry and lifeless, something which holds this album back; however, the infectious "Poker Face" and title track which follow it successfully rejuvenate the vibe on the album for its second half. Gaga has stated that the eighth track on each release of the album will be different, however "Money Honey," is a galactic number susceptible to comparisons to the album's lead single, the well-known summer smash hit "Just Dance." That's not necessarily a bad thing, since the lead single is a powerhouse of dance waves and infectiously produced beats, but the album doesn't always stand out as definitive, even though it's consistently fresh and innovative. As the album winds down, the tracks start to slow down, but Gaga's frosty tones and sickly hooks end the album satisfyingly. Ultimately, the beats need to end up repeating themselves in places, but in the long-haul, The Fame is in excellent standing for establishing Lady Gaga with a solid career.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602517891388
catalogNumber: 001180502
Rank: 3258

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

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

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The Fame [Bonus Track] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I heard lady gagas first single just dance on the radio, I fell in love with her music, shes not like those other pop stars like lindsey lohan or britney spears, lady gagas music is great and fun to dance to! I don't think she is like madonna, lady gaga is better than madonna. You will like every song on here!
James_Gang_Dad More than 1 year ago
An excellent album. Her artistry is not in question. I can't believe the number of hits off this album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic music, Lady GaGa is a wonderful singer. the music is riviting.
piddydiddy More than 1 year ago
Lady Gaga's voice is very powerful, I loved all the songs on the CD, it pumps me up when I listen to it, there are also a couple of slower songs that I found to be mesmerizing.
Nefeli More than 1 year ago
This is fantastic music, I personally love this CD. "Just Dance" is my favorite song, it's different and unique. I really enjoyed the collection of music and the lyrics! I can't wait to see what her next album is about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD for just one song, Just Dance, and surprisingly found that almost all of the songs became instant favorites. I like the mix of Pop, R&B, and Techno that Lady Gaga puts in her music.
kablay More than 1 year ago
When I first heard her single "Just Dance" I just thought it was another pop song about nothing, but then the more I listened to it the more I liked it. That's what happened with the other tracks on her album that I liked. The only amazing tracks are "Just Dance," "The Fame," and "Paper Gangsta," but other than that it's all okay, or just bad. I really want a new dance album to listen to, and Lady GaGa was SO close, but she feel short in the most important aspect: authenticity. When I listen to most of the songs it just feels as though that every aspect of the song was perfectly produced and placed in a certain way to make it the most appealing and most hit-making. I just don't feel anything real from Lady GaGa. And since the main themes of her album are fame and money, it sort of makes sense that she's only "doin' it for the fame" as she sings in one of the good songs on her album "The Fame." Another issue is a clash between her vocals, lyrics, and sound in most of the songs. A lot of songs that otherwise would have been good turn sour because the vocal melody totally ruins the whole mood of the song. If there were an instrumental version it would be great, but sadly there isn't. And good beats are not the only part of a song. She also switches moods entirely from the verse to the chorus, which takes any flow the song had out right away. The best examples of those problems are in "Paparazzi," "Poker Face," "Money Honey," and especially "Boys Boys Boys."
All being said, if you're looking for a dance album just to play at a party and not really listen to, then go ahead, get the album. But if you're looking for something of real substance then keep on looking because you won't find that with Lady GaGa.
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aTwistOfTi More than 1 year ago
Lady Gaga rose to fame with this album and it's not hard to tell why. The Fame is an almost perfect pop album and a perfect debut for Gaga. I love every song on it. Paper Gangsta, The Fame & Beautiful, Dirty, Rich are stand outs for me. I can't help but get excited anytime a track from The Fame plays, even if I've heard it a thousand times which I'm pretty sure I have.
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Dee39 More than 1 year ago
Lady Gaga is a blast to listen and dance to!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good for A Dance music album
Earshot78 More than 1 year ago
With strong pop/dance artists like Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Gwen Stefani etc. breathing down the necks of new artists, the competition would find it hard pressed to survive in the game. Luckily for Lady Gaga she is her own music factory, wearing many hat as producer/arranger/dj/main artist. This is a good thing because she has full control of her own sound so things stay fresh and untainted by the industry. I'm a Kylie Minogue fan so before I had a good listen to Lady Gaga's album "The Fame," I thought to myself, o.k. here's another cheesy American pop album with nothing offer except a hit single which will be worn out before it's time. I was proven wrong. After listening to the album straight through, I've already came to the conclusion that this was going to be a fun album. The energy is high the tracks are original and it doesn't quit. Except for a couple of misplaced songs that felt like they were last minute add-ons or left over bonus tracks, the album as a whole is coherent and interesting to listen to. If this album holds up over time and Lady Gaga continues to craft her own unique brand of music her debut will become a treasure in the dance/pop world and she would have created a huge following. Kinda like Kylie Minogue. Fun album. I love dance music, I miss the 80's.
baconchick More than 1 year ago
My mom bought this CD and we're always hearing it in the car. Everyone has a favorite. mom:Paparazzi Little Sis:Paparazzi Me:LoveGame The point is their all great. My favorites are LoveGame, Paparazzi, Poker Face, Boys Boys Boys, Starstruck, Money Honey, and The Fame.
Venus_at_work More than 1 year ago
I love this cd to listen to while on the treadmill. All the tracks have a great beat, something to work out to, or yes even dance to. I can see this being big on the club scene. I bought this after listening to the little 30 second previews, and was greatly impressed. I love this disc!
DONNER-YucaipaCA More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD through B&N.com and I LOVE IT!!! This CD will rock anybody's house!! Lady Gaga is terrific!! A friend of mine turned me onto a couple of her songs over the Christmas holiday (A'LA-YOU TUBE)and I thought she was so amazing! What a wonderful performer and songwriter this girl is....looking forward to hearing more from her in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice songs with a good beat. Looking forward to the next CD and growth in her music.
kath27 More than 1 year ago
Hey, Barnes & Noble, after 2 months, I have not received this cd. I have called many times and was told it was instock and would ship soon. Still waiting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great CD! I enjoy most of the songs and expect more to be released to the radio.
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