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Genre: Pop - Dance Pop / Artist: Lady Gaga / Deluxe Edition / Audio CD released 2009-11-23 at Polydor

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      22.05.2012 00:17
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      Great album for ANY dance music fan.

      I must say back in 2009 when I first heard Lady Gaga's music, I thought she was good but one of them artists that we see top the charts once and never hear from again. Thankfully, that wasnt the case. My personal opinions on the album are nothing but good and I would recommend any dance music fan to invest in a Lady Gaga album.

      The first track 'Bad Romance' is one of them songs where when you listen to it for the first time its hard to base an actual opinion and then you listen to it more and then it starts to get stuck in your head and the more you listen to it the more you begin to love it. It has everything every pop record needs; great vocals, catchy lyrics and an amazing dance beat.

      'Alejandro' the second track is just as catchy as the first track. She uses brilliant self written lyrics which conpliment her vocal range very well and that shows very well in this song. It's also the type of song you just wouldnt expect Lady Gaga to be singing as by that far we only heard her music from 'The Fame'.

      The third track 'Monster' is one of the best songs from The EP, she makes a reference to her hit single 'Just Dance', providea another amazing lyrical delivery as well as another brilliant vocal performance.

      The fourth and midway track, 'Speechless' is a powerful ballad which is influenced by Queen. The song is very emotional and really draws the listener in to listen to the song.

      'Dance In The Dark' the fifth track and a dance/pop song, it's one of the songs from the EP that gets a lot of attention due to the fact that with the 8 new songs in the EP it is one of the only songs that is similar to the songs from her debut effort 'The Fame'.

      The sixth track 'Telephone' features Beyonce and is also one of the best songs from the EP. The beat is flawless, both vocals are flawless, it is just one of them songs that is perfect for a nightclub and that certainly happened.

      'So Happy I Could Die' is the seventh track and is also an amazing dance song, there are not many songs which can make you want to dance until your feet bleed yet stop and listen to the lyrics too which I think is an amazing quality about this song.

      Last and least is eighth track 'Teeth', I think it's a very dark song, for me the beat can get annoying and the lyrics are repetative for Lady Gaga. I can see why some people would like it, but I dont.

      I would recommend any dance music fan regardless of whether or not they are a Lady Gaga fan or not to buy this album, it also contains a disc 2 which has a copy of her debut album 'The Fame' too. One bad word is that I wish they were just 7 tracks on this EP because then it would be just perfect in my opinion.

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      19.05.2011 09:44
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      This album shows a much more human side to this larger-than-life pop persona.

      Lady GaGa really is a master at what she does. How does someone so young control such an empire with such grace? She seems to know exactly what she's doing because every move she makes gets better. Her 2009 release of The Fame Monster is no exception. In this album, she shows off her artistic chops and gives her fans, also known as The Little Monsters, something new to groove and dance to.

      It all began with the release of "Bad Romance". I remember watching her perform this song on The Ellen Degeneres Show and thinking that this girl is going to take over the pop music charts. Success continued with the release of the other singles of the album, including "Alejandro" and "Telephone", which offered Lady GaGa the chance to collaborate with diva and pop chart queen, Beyonce. This seemed to be the fuel that fired her way to success with this album.

      However, the songs that I really enjoy from the album are those that did not enjoy major radio success, including "So Happy I Could Die" and "Monster". The song "Speechless" received a lot of media attention because it was revealed that Lady GaGa wrote the song to convince her father to have open-heart surgery. I suppose that it showed a more human side to this larger-than-life character that the media has created.

      The point is that this girl is going straight to the top, and you just have to decide whether you're going to stand by and watch or come along for the ride. The Fame Monster is just a further testament for the business genius that Lady GaGa is by having the ability to showcase a much more wild side, and not just a pop song machine. I'm sure if you're a huge fan of Lady GaGa, you already have this album, but for those who need a little more convincing, this is a really good place to start on the fandemonium.

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      30.10.2010 23:36
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      A FAB ALBUM! Go Gaga for gaga!

      Well... as you may guess from my username I am a HUGE fan of Gaga.
      One of the most popular and famous people out there at the moment and hailed as the new Madonna (I personally think she is better but hey my opinion!) in just over 2 years she really has sprung up to Fame!

      ---------BACKGROUND TO THE ALBUM-----------------

      The Fame Monster is her 2nd album (3rd EP including Hitmixes) - containing 8 new tracks. It was originally meant to just be a re-release of her debut album ''The Fame'' - Gaga however decided that she wanted to release the new tracks as a standalone album as it didn't need the originals to support it and was a seperate body of work, however it does include the entire debut album in it. However most versions of the album do include her entire debut album ''The Fame'' as the 2nd disk. I personally have it on itunes so obviously it is all in one. If you didn't already own The Fame this means it is incredibly great value! In the UK, The Fame Monster was only released under this edition meaning it has charted under The Fame.

      -----------------CONCEPT OF THE ALBUM--------------------

      Gaga's original album, The Fame was all about the lighter, materialistic, rich and famous lifestyle of fame. It contained lots of 80s electropo, synthpop, dance music and a few ballads. It is a great feel good album. The Fame Monster was designed to deal with the darker side of Fame. Each song represents a ''fear'' of something, that Gaga developed and discovered whilst touring. Artwork for the album has a gothic look and feel and is very artistic. Also she has described her two albums as ''ying and yang'' in concepts. One deals with the nicer side of Fame, the other the darker. Again this features pop, dance, electropop but it also contains a ballad in ''Speechless'', and gospel music in her track ''Teeth''. It does contain a different sound.


      It is about a year since it's release and I have had it for almost a year but for the benefit of all who do not have it here is my quick opinions of the songs:

      ------------MY OPINION ON SOME OF THE TRACKS--------------------
      For me ''Bad Romance'' is my favourite, it was her 1st single from the Fame Monster and the ''ra ra ah ah ah roma romama gaga ooh la la'' will have you singing/chanting it for ages! The catchy pop/dance beat is great! Telephone ft.Beyonce is also an excellent pop dance hit - you probably know it from the much talked about and very quirky video! Alejandro is a dark latino song, with a catchy chorus ''don't call my name don't call my name Alejandro'' - often compared to Madonna's La Isla Bonita and ABBA/Ace of Base. Then there is Speechless - a rock inspired piano song, inspired by her influences of Queen and the like. Dance in the dark features retro and new wave synths and a Madonna like commentry listing many deceased famous women including the late Princess Diana. There is also So happy I could die which is a pop song but of lower tempo. The track Monster is a europop track great to dance to. Finally there is the strange but catchy Teeth which is definately love or hate. It is a strange type of song, different which is what makes Gaga great.

      Also on deluxe versions of The Fame Monster only you have the whole of her first album The Fame which contains her debut hit ''Just Dance'' a great song which makes you do as it says!!! ''Poker Face'' probably one of her most famous songs again great to dance to, catchy and a song you could listen to over and over. Paparazzi, which is slightly slower, I guess dealing with the obsession of Fame. There are so many more songs from The Fame including some more piano and rock inspired power ballads like Again Again and Brown Eyes. There is also a few more up-tempo tracks like The Fame, Money Honey, Disco Heaven obviously dealing with the materialistic side of fame. Also other songs include Starstruck, Lovegame, Eh eh (nothing else I can say), Paper Gangsta, Beautiful, Dirty, Rich, I like it rough, Summerboy and Boys, Boys, Boys.

      -----------------------SUCCESS---------------------

      The Album has been a huge success in many countries. It has reached Number 1 in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Belgium, And in Top 10 in most other countries. She also has had Number 1 singles from her hits from her debut album and her second album in just 2 years.

      --------------------------MY OPINION------------------------

      It's a year since it was released, but if you haven't already got it, and you like her hit singles Bad Romance, Telephone, Alejandro, and some of her singles from The Fame Poker Face, Just Dance, Paparazzi, Lovegame etc then buy it it will not disappoint! Just if you do not already have The Fame check with your country if you have the edition with The Fame (I am not too sure with other countries but I do know that in the UK, all or most editions have all 24 tracks!)

      In my opinion, Lady Gaga is such a talented musician, and this is one of the best albums out there. She is probably one of the best people out there at the moment.

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      19.08.2010 13:28
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      Excellent album

      If you haven't heard of Lady Gaga by now, you must be living on another planet. Since 2008 she has taken the world by storm, broken records, worn the most outrageous outfits, and is constantly revamping her sold out tour.

      The Fame Monster includes all of her biggest songs to date including Just Dance, Pokerface, Alejandro, Telephone and her smash hit Bad Romance. If you already own The Fame and not The Fame Monster, I would suggest you either top it up downloading on iTunes or buy the singles or album again. Between The Fame and The Fame Monster, Gaga has spent collectively a whopping 110 weeks in the Billboard Top 100 chart in America.

      Lady Gaga has definitely boxed clever adding such big hits to her re-released album.

      Even though people may think that Lady Gaga is strange, what with her exceptionally quirky dress sense, it cannot be denied that she knows how to write and produce massive hits. Her album is one that you can definitely listen to again and again, and although some of her songs aren't as good as the others, it is worth buying just for her chart topping hits!

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      01.08.2010 16:59

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      Brilliant Album.

      The fame is lady Gaga's second album and it doesn't disappoint. There is less songs on this album, but personally I think the songs are more catchy.

      On this album Lady Gaga's songs have a range of different styles. This is actually really good because Lady Gaga's voice really suits less 'Mad' songs.

      1 - Bad Romance. I love this song it is very fast, upbeat and catchy. Only lady gaga could sing the well know phrase, "Ra-ra-a-a-a Roma-ro-ma-ma ga-ga-oo-la-la"

      2 - Alejandro. This is lady Gaga's newest single. Most people I have talked to did not like this song at first but after a while they couldn't get it out of their heads.

      5 - Speechless. I thought this song was worth mentioning because it is so different from all her other songs. It is mainly just her singing with a piano playing in the background and it is very slow. Although this is not her usual style it is my favourite song from the album.

      7 - Telephone. This song was very popular because it features beyonce. It is very fast and very very catchy.

      IT IS WORTH MENTIONING THAT ALL THE SONGS FROM THE ORIGINAL ALBUM, THE FAME ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS DISK

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      12.06.2010 18:32
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      A really good album, not worth buying it if you already have the Fame however.

      Lady GaGa is a weird artist in most people's eyes; they don't know what to make of her theatricality, her weird ways and most importantly her weird and wonderful 'costumes'. She is controversial, she is a bit provocative and she is without a doubt one of the weirdest artists out there. Despite all that however, her voice and music is amazing, she writes some of the best lyrics in the music industry today, and I have seen her live on television many times, and have never, ever heard her sing off key.

      A friend of mine once called her the Freddie Mercury of our generation, and I really do agree with that statement. She is musically brilliant, but at the same time is controversial and very theatrical and like Mercury all those years ago, she has made a fantastic name for herself and she will, I'm sure, be remembered 20 years down the line.

      Back in December 2009 and I worked in a music store, and I had many people coming in complaining that their daughters, sons or even themselves had brought The Fame and now Lady GaGa has released a Deluxe version, that they are having to buy The Fame Monster to get the new songs. I was lucky as I didn't buy the Fame, but after having the album on in the store over and over, I fell in love and ended up buying the MP3's from ITunes for a brilliant £5.99 for this wonderful album.

      Usually when you buy the album from somewhere like Amazon, HMV or Play.com you will find yourself with 2 CD's. The first CD is full of the 8 new tracks that she added so she could release this new deluxe CD and the second CD is the tracks that you found on the original 'Fame' CD.

      As there are a total of 24 tracks all together, as there's so many, they'll be less detail on each song, but the ones I really love will probably have the same amount as always.

      CD 1

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      Track 1: Bad Romance
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      This is now probably my favourite Lady GaGa track after many, many listens to it. It is like most of her other songs very upbeat and is fantastic in a club as you can really let loose and dance and sing along to it. The lyrics are just fabulous and her voice is very strong throughout the track. The chorus is very, very catchy and a lot easier to sing along to compare to the verses. The song was covered brilliantly in one of the latest episodes of Glee, and apparently from what I read, GaGa herself was very impressed. This is one of her best songs and definitely the best song on this CD.

      Rating: 10/10

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      Track 2: Alejandro
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      Despite the very lame beginning where she attempts to talk with a Spanish accent, the song is really beautiful to listen to. It's not on the same par as Bad Romance, but it has managed to be a very upbeat but at the same song, this is not a happy song, it's more of a emotional fest, as she is talking about partners she doesn't want to be around anymore. The lyrics like always are fantastic and the song is a joy to listen to.

      Rating: 7/10

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      Track 3: Monster
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      The reason this song always sticks out, is because if you find yourself singing out loud the most repetitive part of the song, people look at you like you've grown too heads. With lyrics like 'he ate my heart and then he ate my brain', it's the sort of song which for me really represents what GaGa is all about. The lyrics are fabulous, and just like most GaGa songs, it's very catchy and is a lot of fun to sing along to.

      Rating: 8/10

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      Track 4: Speechless
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      I have heard this song is about her dad, who said he wasn't going to do something to do with his health and it's all about her reaction to him giving up. This is the sort of song, which is more about listening to the gorgeous lyrics rather than the production like in other tracks. Her vocals are stunning and for me it's probably one of her most emotional tracks. It's just a pure, beautiful, heart wrenching track.

      Rating: 9/10

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      Track 5: Dance In The Dark
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      I don't know the next four tracks as much as I did the previous ones, as I wasn't really a huge fan of them the first time around, and since have not really given them much time. The reason why this song didn't work for me is everything's just been done before by GaGa and it just doesn't really work as much as others.

      Rating: 5/10

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      Track 6: Telephone
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      The first few times I heard this track I wasn't a fan, but now I really like it. I have to say, I find it almost impossible to hear where GaGa ends and Beyonce begins. I thought the pairing of these two 'diva's' was a fantastic idea, but I think Beyonce's voice doesn't sound anything like what we're used to until half way through the song, and for me I always thought this was on the part in the song she had.

      Rating: 6/10

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      Track 7: So Happy I Could Die
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      Another nice track, nothing special though and for me one of her weakest and most annoying tracks. The lyrics are a bit questionable as well.

      Rating: 5/10

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      Track 8: Teeth
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      I like to admit here, that like with half of GaGa songs, I think the lyrics only really mean something to her, it's obviously quite a sexual track but then she is singing 'show me your teeth'. Maybe I am more naive than I originally thought. This is a grower, as when I first heard this song, I used to spend too much time trying to work out what it was all about. Now I just sit back and listen, and you get yourself a really weird, but awesome song.

      Rating: 7/10

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      Track 1: Just Dance
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      For most of us this is the song that catapulted Lady GaGa into our homes a few years ago, and since I still think this is one of her best, and I don't think I've ever been clubbing (where I remember) that they have not played this song or a remix of it in the club. The lyrics are fantastic, and it makes the club very atmospheric when everyone is dancing and singing along to it, and it really does get everyone in the mood.

      Rating: 9/10

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      Track 2: Love Game
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      The lyrics of course like half of GaGa's songs, are quiet sexual with the opening lyrics, and the rest of the song seems to follow in the same story. I'm not a huge fan of this song, as it doesn't sound completely like GaGa and I think it's been synthesised a bit too much for my liking.

      Rating: 5/10

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      Track 3: Paparazzi
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      Once again, we are onto one of my favourite songs on the album, for me, this song works because of the brilliant lyrics and the story of the lyrics, as well as of course GaGa's voice which is a lot softer than usual and we really get to hear how strong and pretty her voice really is. It's not another fast paced song like we are used to hearing from GaGa but it does have a very strong beat throughout, and it's a joy to listen to.

      Rating: 9/10

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      Track 4: Poker Face
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      Out of all of the songs, I have heard this one covered the most, with the Glee cast being the most recent. I think with all of the covers I've heard so far, they work, but because they are different and are not trying to be like the original. I think this is one of the strongest GaGa songs, because it's very upbeat, during most of the song her vocals are very strong and the lyrics are just fantastic and very catchy. Her voice is synthesised during the verses in certain places, but this change works brilliantly when they use her 'real voice'. A proper Lady GaGa track which in my opinion is one of her strongest.

      Rating: 9/10

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      Track 5: I Like It Rough
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      One of the weakest songs on the original album is I Like It Rough, I always found when it was played in the store, this was the point where everyone stopped asking who this artist was. It just doesn't seem to work at all in my opinion. Her vocals are good, and quite nice, but it's just boring compared to others on the album.

      Rating: 4/10

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      Track 6: Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
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      Every time I hear this song, I always seem to feel like I'm going to get a reggae track with the opening music. It's very soft, but quite beautiful to listen to at the same time. It's all about the lyrics and her voice within this song, so everything else seems to be quite stripped back. It's not a song I would search for through my ITunes to find, but I've always kept it on there. It is nice to listen to, but is on a very different level to the likes of Bad Romance and Poker Face.

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      Track 7: Starstruck
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      This is not one of my favourites, but it's a very good track and very different from anything else on the album. It's got more of Hip Hop feel to it, but for me I don't think GaGa's voice is as powerful as I think it could have been, and I think she is almost drowned out within this track. It's very different and I'm sure people who enjoy this type of music will appreciate this track.

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      Track 8: Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
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      I think I heard this track before I heard Just Dance, as it was on an advertisement for Gossip Girl on ITV2, and at that point I had no idea it was GaGa's piece of music. It's not my favourite track but it works and it's great to dance to, I have yet to hear it in a club, but it is a nice track.

      Rating: 7/10

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      Track 9: The Fame
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      This track I have found is a weird one, as it really depends on what mood I'm in, to how much I like it or not. At the moment I'm quiet impressed as it's very strong, and the verses show off her voices, but at other points I do find it very annoying and always seem to skip it in my car. There is a lot going on here, lots of little musical tricks and a lot of instruments playing, and it does work, but not as well as I would have liked.

      Rating: 7/10

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      Track 10: Money Honey
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      This song is very strong, her vocals are fantastic, but like the previous track it does seem to bug me quite a bit in quite a few places. I think the best part of the song by far is the verses, as GaGa is allowed to let loose and we see why she is as famous as she is at the moment, but I'm not a huge fan of synthesised voices and they use this in the music quite a bit. It's good but for me, I wouldn't choose it over another track. It's a shame because in places GaGa really shows us why she is so brilliant.

      Rating: 7/10

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      Track 11: Boys, Boys, Boys
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      It's not GaGa's best vocal and it's not her best track but this song always seems to stick in my head, and I loved listening to it in the store, as the chorus is just fantastic, and so catchy. For me, this does not seem like a Lady GaGa kind of song, it's too cheesy and too clichéd even in places, come on, who would have thought GaGa would have sung 'Boys, Boys, Boys, we love them'? I never thought it myself and it doesn't really work because of that.

      Rating: 7/10

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      Track 12: Paper Gangsta
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      The title is very weird, but this is one of my favourite songs, as it's back to GaGa's brilliant piano playing, it's still got a very strong beat throughout it, and the lyrics are just fantastic. I think I was hoping for a little bit more with her vocals because they are amazing, but as it is it's a pleasant song to listen to and the fact none of the song seems to be synthesised is a brilliant addition.

      Rating: 8/10

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      Track 13: Brown Eyes
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      One of my favourite tracks on the album is this one, as it is completely different from anything so far on the album, it could almost be considered as a ballad. GaGa's vocals are just stunning to listen to, but what makes this song for me, the production of the song, with all of the instrumental additions, which pop in at perfect times in the song. They never take the song too fast and keep it at a pleasurable speed, but I do think this song might have been absolutely stunning if it was acoustic, just her and her piano without all of the little additions.

      Rating: 9/10

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      Track 14; Summerboy
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      I actually thought this was a Gwen Stefani song when I first heard it as it doesn't sound like GaGa at all, but the song for me works brilliantly. It is one to have on in the car, over the summer with the windows down and it will sound brilliant. If you compare it to some of the other songs on the album, it is nowhere near as good and can get quite boring.

      Rating: 7/10

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      Track 15: Disco Heaven
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      We're back to her roots with a fast paced dance number, it's very good as her vocals are very strong and the lyrics are just fabulous. You will find yourself singing along and it's one of the nicest songs of its genre on the album.

      Rating: 7/10

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      Track 16: Again, Again
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      The best song in the last half of the album has to be Again Again, as it is just simply one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have heard her produce. It's really just Lady GaGa and a piano and for me this is what she does best, as it shows she's not just this person we have all perceived her to be, but she can really sing and this is the reason why she has done so well in the last 2 years. A fantastic finish to this good album.

      Rating: 10/10

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      As most of the opinion on the songs is above, I'm only going to talk a little here about the album as a whole.

      For me the song has a lot of highlights, and I do think the album itself was really worth buying when I did for that wonderful price I talked about above. With tracks like Again, Again, Bad Romance and Poker Face she shows why she is so popular in today's music industry. This woman is weird, yes, there is no doubting that, but anyone that calls her untalented knows nothing about music. She has come up with 24 good, listenable tracks here, and most of them are very, very catchy. Her vocals are stunning, and she creates a performance where ever she goes, and I think her live on stage would be tremendous.

      As I downloaded my album from ITunes, to put it in my car I've had to use my IPod or put it onto a CD, with this I have ended up creating a playlist and have used 19 of the 24 songs in this playlist as they are brilliant. The only thing I have to say is I cannot listen to GaGa if I'm in a slight mood, as it seems to make me angrier for some strange reason.

      The album as a whole is not going to appeal to everyone, but I would recommend downloading the songs I've given 9 or 10 out of 10 to as they are just fantastic. If you have brought The Fame, then I don't think it's worth buying this album as well just for the 8 extra tracks as only 4 of them are really decent in my eyes. GaGa is really one of the best artists in the music industry today, and with this album she shows why she is so powerful, even with some duds every now and then.

      A really nice album and if you are a GaGa fan then this might just be for you.

      Hope this helps. (C) Kirsty 2010

      I actually wrote the original of this review back in January and have attempted to make it a bit more up-to-date. I have found quite a few reviews in a secluded folder on my harddrive this morning, so I'm sure there is more to come.

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        A must buy for Gaga fans!

        I love Lady Gaga! While her image can be rather controversial and provocative, her music is always top-notch in my opinion. I love her catchy songs which make me want to sing and dance and generally tend to cheer me up.

        I bought her album The Fame, but when I heard she had released the extended 2-disc update (The Fame Monster), I knew I wanted to buy that too, especially as it had her latest single on, which I really liked.

        The artwork on the cover and in the booklet is rather bizarre, as you would expect. There's a beautiful girl in there somewhere, but don't expect it to show through in these arty photographs. I do like the fact that the lyrics are included in the booklet too, so I can (try to) sing along and find out exactly what she is saying!


        DISC ONE - THE FAME MONSTER

        Disc One has eight tracks on it. These include the three singles since the first album was produced - Bad Romance, Telephone and her latest release Alejandro. I am not going to go into detail about each song, as they would just make for an incredibly long review and you would probably skim half of it.

        But a few highlights...

        I think Bad Romance is excellent and I often go round singing this one, especially the "ra-ra-ah-ah-ah roma roma-ma-gaga" bit. Who says they don't write lyrics like they used to? No, admittedly, the lyrics for this one are more bizarre than profound, but it's a lot of fun!

        I haven't heard Alejandro much yet. It is okay and I do like it, but I don't think it is as good as her other singles. There's still time for it to grow on me, of course.

        Speechless is a stunning song, really beautiful and quite different to the sort of tempo you expect from her. She really shows how versatile and powerful her voice is here and I would love to hear this live.

        Telephone is currently my favourite song. The way the words are delivered is very different and often off the beat. It's hard to explain, but try singing it and you'll see what I mean! It's very catchy though and having an annoying neighbour who bugs me several times a day, I'm just itching to pick up the phone and say ""And I'm sick and tired of my phone r-ringing!"

        Teeth is a bit of a weird song, but has a very strong beat which you can't help but move along to. Is it just me or does the last bit remind you of George Michael's Faith too?

        This disc doesn't have a bad song on it, so gets good marks for me.


        DISC TWO - THE FAME

        Moving onto Disc Two...

        This one has sixteen tracks on it. It begins with four fab singles in a row - Just Dance, Love Game, Paparazzi and Poker Face. It was Paparazzi that really convinced me I was becoming a Lady Gaga fan. I do like Just Dance and Love Game, but Paparazzi is a level above those.

        The chorus to Paparazzi is achingly beautiful. It hugs you hard, then squeezes until it's painful. "I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me" has reduced me to tears before. I don't know why, but it works. It wraps itself around your heart and nestles there like a newborn baby.

        Poker Face is wonderfully angry with its incessant thumping beat that you just have to tap your foot to. Come along and sing the chorus all together now! "(She's got me like nobody)"

        One comment to make here is that Lady Gaga's lyrics are often about sex and I'm not thrilled when my fourteen-year-old sings lines like "'Cause I'm bluffin' with my muffin" (Poker Face) or "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick" (Love Game) and explains to me what it means! I don't mind innuendo (I'm a huge fan of the Carry On films), but some of these lyrics do make me feel a bit uncomfortable, especially when kids are gong round singing them. But that could just be me.

        Disc Two follows four hit singles with twelve lesser known songs, beginning with I Like It Rough. This reminds me of a Madonna song and wouldn't be out of place on Confessions on a Dance Floor.

        Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) is very light and fluffy bubblegum pop, a bit like a 1980s song in the same ilk as Owen Paul or Amazulu. It's not a bad song, but not one I would choose to play over and over, like I would with many of the tracks on the album.

        Starstruck is a bit irritating, but it also feels less like a Lady Gaga song than the others. I like the first bit, but then Space Cowboy and Flo Rida take over and it gets a bit boring and samey.

        The Fame reminds me of Girls Aloud, I think they could sing this one well and it would fit nicely into their repertoire. I love the line here about "Give me something I wanna see - television and hot blondes in odd positions" - hee hee!

        Boys Boys Boys has a chorus that brings back memories of 1987 and the large-breasted Sabrina jumping up and down in a pool, which singing Boys (Summertime Love). Anyone else remember that? No, just me then. Good times.

        Paper Gangsta is the only track my fourteen-year-old daughter doesn't like. (I don't mind it myself.) When I asked her why not, she said it "made no sense" but I can't see that being a problem, if her other songs contain lyrics like "Cherry cherry, boom boom, all I can say is EH, EH" for example! Oh well.

        In some ways, it is a mistake having the four best tracks together on this disc, as it is quite tempting to just listen to those over and over. The rest of the disc isn't bad, but they do seem to blend into one a bit and the only stand-out tracks are the singles we all know and love.


        OVERALL

        Lady Gaga certainly has faults, but I admire her originality. While she has a bit of Madonna in there, a touch of Kylie, there are also further layers of camp and theatricality that make each of her songs a big production number. This gives her music a glamour, an extra pizzazz to most of the charts these days.

        She has charisma and guts, but I also think it is one big act and Lady Gaga is completely aware of this. It's all an acting role and somewhere inside, there's just a 24-year-old girl called Stefani playing dress up until she gets rumbled. And that's probably just as well, as it will hopefully save her sanity when the big bad music industry chews her up and spits her out.

        For the moment, she is riding at the top of her profession. Whether she lasts to become one of the all-time greats remains to be seen, but either way, I love her and this album highlights all that is great about Lady Gaga and her music.


        PRICE

        The Fame Monster - £8.93 from Amazon UK - released in 2009
        The Fame - £4.99 from Amazon UK - released in 2008

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          Lady Gaga - The fame monster!

          WOW what an amazing star!

          Personally I think the music industry has waited far too long for someone like Gaga. Her music and her style are fresh and entertaining! Her rerelease of her album "The Fame" has provided us with even more Gaga experience and creative music.

          The first track on disc one, "Bad Romance", is just genius and bound to get stuck in your head after the first time you hear it. It has a very strong opening which at the same time is fun and easy to sing along to! Definitely one of Gaga's biggest hits.

          Number 4, "Speechless" shows off a softer side of Gaga and this song really showcases her voice without the whole theatrical image and show. The lyrics in this seem very heartfelt and meaning to her.

          Telephone featuring Beyonce has to be one of the best collaborations I have ever heard. Without evening listening to the song you know instantly it is going to be something magical. This is my favourite song on the album as it features two of my favourite artists and the lyrics seem very simple and fun. The song is easy to sing along to and dance with!

          Disc 2 opens with Just Dance, the song which ultimately put Gaga where she is now. It is great for parties and singing along to. I don't think that the lyrics in this are very meaningful, instead it is very light hearted and easy to follow and understand.

          Poker face is also another fun song on this album. As it was played everywhere when it was released people found it very catchy and you found yourself knowing the words even after a couple of times of hearing it. Love this song!

          Boys, Boys, Boys, once again shows Gaga is not all about singing serious songs she just wants to have fun with the music and see where it takes her!

          One of the best albums by far as you can simply hear how much energy has gone into it. I'm sure you will know most of the album already but it's definitely worth buying to hear the other songs on it!

          Disc 1
          1. Bad Romance
          2. Alejandro
          3. Monster
          4. Speechless
          5. Dance in the Dark
          6. Telephone - Lady Gaga & Beyonce
          7. So Happy I Could Die
          8. Teeth

          Disc 2
          1. Just Dance
          2. LoveGame
          3. Paparazzi
          4. Poker Face
          5. I Like It Rough
          6. Eh Eh
          7. Starstruck
          8. Beautiful Dirtty Rich
          9. Starstruck
          10. The Fame
          11. Money Honey
          12. Boys Boys Boys
          13. Paper Gangsta
          14. Brown Eyes
          15. Summer Boy
          16. Disco Heaven

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            Fantastic album, well worth a listen

            'The Fame Monster' is a re-release of Lady Gaga's first album ('The Fame'), but with a whole extra CD's worth of new songs. It is available in several different versions, especially if you buy it from America where 'The Fame Monster' is really just the 'Monster' bit and has none of the original songs from 'The Fame'. So, make sure you know exactly what you're getting before you buy - speaking from experience it's very easy to confuse all the versions and come away with something you weren't expecting!

            Another important point to note is that the only versions available to buy in the UK are censored (i.e. the word 'b***h' becomes 'bit', and so on...), so if you want the fully explicit version you'll have to get it from America.

            The version I'll be reviewing is the 2CD UK release of 'The Fame Monster' (2009 Interscope Records), the one with Lady Gaga in the short, straight-cut blonde wig and shiny black jacket on the cover. I'll go song by song as I fell that's the best way to get an idea of the album as a whole.

            ---Bad Romance---

            "I want your leather-studded kiss in the sand, I want your love"

            This song has a great beat to it and is brilliant to get up and dance to. Lady Gaga's voice is really powerful during the choruses, although occasionally her words are a bit mumbled so it can be hard to hear what she's saying to sing along. On the whole, though, her words are clear, and her strong voice really compliments the synthesised music backing her. I'm not really sure what the song's actually about - romances are supposed to be good, right? - but no doubt it's something sexual. Nevertheless, if you don't try and analyse the meaning behind it, 'Bad Romance' is a fun, upbeat, lively song that's good for a pick-me-up or dance, and is easy to sing along to.

            ---Alejandro---

            "She's got both hands in her pockets, she won't look at you, won't look at you"

            You may have recently heard this on the radio, and you can definitely hear the Spanish or South American influence in this song, right from the beginning when she speaks a sentence or two with a Spanish accent (well, tries to!). The emotion just pours out of this song, especially during the verses, so I love turning this song on when I'm down as I'm sure we can all relate to the emotions felt towards ex-partners, or even people you just don't want to be around. However, it's certainly not a downbeat, depressing song, as the tune gives it a fun edge and the layering at the end of the song gives it a very mature feel.

            ---Monster---

            "He tore my clothes right off, he ate my heart and then he ate my brain"

            I love this song, and it's probably the easiest track on the album to get stuck in your head! It clearly holds a lot of meaning for Lady Gaga (and many of her fans), as it's about a bad relationship in the past. Although she sings that he 'ate' various parts of her, it's not as gruesome as it may at first seem, as I hear it more as a metaphor for stealing her heart. Another reason why this probably holds some meaning for Lady Gaga is that she named her tour the 'Monster Ball Tour', and the 'monster hand' (where you put your hand in a claw-like position) has become an iconic symbol for Lady Gaga fans all over the world. The drums in this song are a much more prominent feature than in the previous songs, and the tune, along with the man's voice featured, make it very catchy. I defy you to listen to this without getting the 'he ate my heart, he a-a-ate my heart' stuck in your head!

            ---Speechless---

            "Could we fix you if you broke? And is your punch line just a joke?"

            You may recognise this as the song she performed at the Royal Variety Performance last year. It was incredible then, and it's still incredible now. Lady Gaga has a fantastic, powerful voice and she uses it to excellent effect here. The music is very simple, mostly with acoustic guitars, pianos and other string instruments, which suit her voice perfectly and allow her to express all the emotions easily. I was lucky enough to be given tickets to see her live at the O2 earlier this year for my birthday, and when she came to this song she said it was about her dad, but it could definitely be applied to any number of relationships. This is such a powerful, emotional song, and you can't get much better than this. More of Lady Gaga's music should be in this style, to show off her true talent and the beauty of her voice!

            ---Dance In The Dark---

            "Find your freedom in the music"

            The music and style of this song is much more synthesised, but the music at the beginning (while she's talking) has a good beat to it and sets you in the right mood for the rest of the song and a good dance. The lyrics are often quite fast and mumbled, so it's hard to sing along to as it's difficult to catch everything she sings in the first place. This song's all about letting go and having a good time, and the title reminds me of the phrase 'dance like no-one's watching'. This is probably something Lady Gaga lives by, as she is certainly very original and unique, yet doesn't appear to care what anyone else thinks! This song is good and worthy of a dance, but for me the message behind the song is more important. The line from it which I quoted above is one I've been thinking about a lot lately, and it's quite profound: find something you love, let it bring out your true self, and don't try to stop it.

            ---Telephone---

            "I got my head and my heart on the dance floor"

            When this song first starts, the soft music and gentle voice may fool you into thinking you're in for an easy ride with this one. Well you're mistaken. Beyoncé's on the scene, and although for the most part it's hard to differentiate between the two singers' voices, this song is exactly the type of lively, upbeat dance-style music that you'd expect from these two divas. It's about a girl who just wants to be left along to dance and have a good time - it could be written about me when I listen to it, as no matter where I am, I cannot stop myself from dancing along to it! As a song called 'Telephone', and the lyrics talking about someone trying to phone Lady Gaga (and/or Beyoncé), you'd expect lots of telephone clichés, with ringing sounds and the like. A few times during the song you may hear a telephone ringing or something similar, but not too often. This is quite refreshing as these sounds still tie in with the title and the lyrics, yet are not overpowering. If nothing else, you'll love this song for being full of doubles: double the divas, double the fun, double the dancing.

            ---So Happy I Could Die---

            "Stars in our eyes 'cos we're having a good time"

            I find this song a bit confusing and ambiguous. The title of it, along with the fact that she sings of 'having a good time' suggests adrenaline, fun, dancing and passion in bucket loads. Yet somehow, the tone of the song seems more slow-paced, like something to play at the end of a night out or to wind down. Having said that, this is still a great song. The throbbing beat and subtle instruments make this an easy song to lose yourself in and find that 'freedom in the music' which we spoke about before. One thing I would advise, though, is not to play this song to children. When she sings 'I touch myself, can't get enough', it may raise some interesting and awkward questions!

            ---Teeth---

            "Take a bit of my bad girl meat"

            Am I the only one that finds this song a bit disturbing? The lyrics are full of innuendo so the meaning of the song is clearly sexual, but then why teeth?! When she sings 'Show me your teeth', no matter how hard I try I cannot possibly fathom what teeth could represent, but at the same time if they're taken to mean literal teeth, the idea of using teeth in sexual activity stuns me all the more! Call me old fashioned... Anyway, the music in this song is very unusual and frankly a little jarring. They've used a different type of drum (don't ask me what type, I'm no drum connoisseur) to beat out a regular, forceful rhythm. Put that on top of clapping and tambourines, and you've got quite a noise but not much of a tune. A few brass instruments subtly give some depth to this song, but the main tune is created by Lady Gaga herself. True, once again her voice is shown off as strong and powerful in this song, but there's nothing at all comforting or relaxing about it, and I think it's one of the weakest songs on the album.

            ---Just Dance---

            "Half psychotic, sick, hypnotic, got my blueprint it's symphonic"

            The original, and still the best. This was Lady Gaga's first release, and for all the right reasons it went straight to number one. I won't lie, the music is entirely synthesised (as far as I can tell), but it does have a great tune that makes it impossible to stay still when you listen to it. When Lady Gaga tells you to 'Just Dance', you can't help but obey! This song features Colby O'Donis, who fits in with the style of the song perfectly, and so avoids that awkward juxtapositioning of two styles and sounds which can so often happen when two artists work together. This is a classic Lady Gaga song that no-one will be forgetting soon. You'll sing along, you'll dance, you'll become a Lady Gaga convert for life.

            ---Lovegame---

            "I'm on a mission, and it involves some heavy touching you"

            There's no doubting what this song's about! Again, the music is synthesised, and even Lady Gaga's voice sounds a little electronic, which is a let-down, because as we all know by now, I'm a huge fan of her natural voice and talent! This is an easy song to sing along to, as there aren't too many words to remember, and most of the singing (especially during the choruses) uses a limited number of notes. Although this could be seen as a drawback, I admire Lady Gaga's bravery at trying something different like this, and anyway she's saved by the fact that he backing music is very tuneful and has a good melody to it. The same sounds are repeated over and over again throughout this song, so it's very catchy. However, lyrics about a 'disco stick' and similar things may make it inappropriate for younger ears.

            ---Paparazzi---

            "Promise I'll be kind, but I won't stop until that boy is mine"

            Once again, the music in this song is very synthesised, and doesn't offer much in the way of a tune, but is better for giving a good beat. The tune comes more from Lady Gaga, and the inclusion of some higher notes (but not too high!) makes it stand out from her other songs, and makes it easy to sing along to. This song is about loving someone and not stopping until you're with them, which I think is reflected in the clarity and purity of Lady Gaga's voice. This isn't a fast-paced, lively song to get you up and dancing, but it's packed with emotion and is quite beautiful. In any case, it balances out the other energetic songs on the album, to make it well-rounded and balanced.

            ---Poker Face---

            "Russian roulette is not the same without a gun"

            Could you get anything sounding more synthesised than this? Lady Gaga's voice has clearly been put through some sort of voice-changer of synthesiser to make it sound very electronic through the verses. However it's as powerful as ever during the choruses. The tone of this song is very upbeat, and the 'p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-poker face' will get your foot tapping at the very least. It's a great song to sing along to, and it's really easy to change, add bits in, or create a harmony - in other words, it's really easy to make your own (great way to impress the judges on the X Factor!). All in all, this song is very different to anything else I've heard before, so I think it really reflects Lady Gaga's style and character.

            ---I Like It Rough---

            "Loving me's like straightening curls"

            For me, the music itself in this song has an '80s feel to it. However, her voice is very clear, and is beautifully complimented by her backing singers - you probably won't even notice they're there, but they give an extra depth and richness to the sound. Around the middle of the song, the staggered layers are a fantastic touch - there are so many different elements but they all tie together, to leave nothing lacking in this song. Towards the end, Lady Gaga's voice does start to sound a little like Christina Aguilera's, in terms of strength and tone, although this is a complement as she is showing off her voice as well as she can.

            ---Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)---

            "I wish you'd never looked at me in that way"

            This is probably the gentlest song on the album, but it's so beautiful. Certain sections sound a bit like late '90s or early '00s girl band stuff, but they only last a few seconds and the rest is just Lady Gaga singing herself. Her voice is so much quieter and gentler than in her other songs, but this means it sounds very pure. The music and instruments are just as gentle and are not overpowering, which is very refreshing. This voice-music combination is so effective in conveying real sadness and regret, yet the idea that things are happening for the best. This song really reminds me of someone in my past and mistakes I've made, so every time I hear it I can't help but reflect and remember, and I'm sure it'd be the same for many others. The song is short, at less than three minutes long, so I think Lady Gaga could have made more of it, although this would then run the risk of becoming too depressing and emotional.

            ---Starstruck---

            "Baby could you blow my heart up?"

            I LOVE combinations of R'n'B or Hip Hop music and classical style music (like in the theme tune to the film 'Step Up'), so I think this song is great. It features Space Cowboy and Flo Rida, and is totally different from anything else on the album. Lady Gaga's voice is gentle, which contrasts yet compliments the rapping in the middle of the song. Turn the bass right up on this song as its drums and beat pulse and throb, giving the tune good, solid foundations. As I've already mentioned, this bass is mixed with string instruments and more classical style music. Although this is unconventional, it really works, and consequently, Lady Gaga has managed to create a thoroughly postmodern track.

            ---Beautiful, Dirty, Rich---

            "Bang bang, we're beautiful and dirty rich"

            This song starts off quite simply, with just drums, and Lady Gaga talking more than singing. However, it soon turns into one of the catchiest songs on the album. Strong piano chords and an electric guitar, along with the usual synthesised stuff, make this song a real party song. It's most certainly one to get up and bounce, dance, sing along to - whatever's your thing. The mix of instruments make it great for a grown-up party, but the song's lively nature still makes it fun at the same time.

            ---The Fame---

            "It's some kind of joke, I'm excessively opposed to the typical"

            It might sound silly, but to me this song sounds expensive, and only appropriate for the famous. At points, Lady Gaga's voice sounds a lot like Gwen Stefani's - it's not that I have anything against Ms Stefani, but it may have sounded better if Lady Gaga had stuck to her own strong, naturally beautiful sound. Nevertheless, the beat, instruments and staccato notes remind me of a model striking poses for the camera, which gives the song its 'rich and famous' feel. This is a song for the girlies, and in a similar (but more realistic) way to Nickelback's 'Rockstar', gives us a taste of how the other half live - it's probably the closest we'll ever get! It's the first song that fades out at the end, although it may have been more effective had the song had a strong ending.

            ---Money Honey---

            "That's M-O-N-E-Y, so sexy"

            Lady Gaga returns to full strength here, as once again her voice comes blaring out clearly but powerfully. It seems at this point of writing the album she had money on the brain, what this song being preceded by 'Beautiful, Dirty, Rich' and 'The Fame'! Nevertheless, the synthesised music makes this a great song to get up and dance to, and some powerful and varied notes make it a good one to (try to!) sing along to. It's very upbeat, and, once again, is very catchy. My descriptions of these songs are all starting to sound similar, but the songs themselves don't - each has its own unique sound and style.

            ---Boys Boys Boys---

            "Boys like you love me forever"

            I find this song a bit disappointing. Neither Lady Gaga's voice, nor the music is particularly strong, but had there been some more powerful elements it may have had more of an impact on me. For example, once again this song fades out, when it could have benefited from a nice, strong ending to make an impression. Instead, it fades out into nothing... I just feel like Lady Gaga took it too easy with this one. The cries of 'we love them!' at the end of the choruses are very cheesy and clichéd, but since when has Lady Gaga been one to stick to clichés? I also feel that the theme to this song is too weak: she could have come up with something better than how much she loves boys. I wouldn't miss it if this song wasn't included on the album, but as it is it's something easy to listen to and while away a few extra minutes.

            ---Paper Gangsta---

            "I do not accept any less than someone just as real, as fabulous"

            I love this song! The message behind it is great: she doesn't want to get involved with anyone who has the wrong intentions. Very cleverly, she portrays this in a fun way, through her lyrics. They're all a bit odd and make me giggle when I hear them, but overall they do give a good message. The sometimes jarring piano, fast drums and soft string instruments give this song much depth, so the overall sound is rich and full. In terms of her actual singing, she doesn't visit a wide range of notes, but it doesn't sound at all monotonous. Instead, her voice comes over clearly and it's easy to sing along to. Plus, the lack of synthesised music (finally!) allows her to show off her voice, by creating an unusual but brilliant track.

            ---Brown Eyes---

            "Everything could be everything, if only we were older"

            This is definitely the quietest, most gentle song on the album by far, as it's more of a ballad than anything else. It's clearly about someone Lady Gaga felt a lot for, as these brown eyes are mentioned in some of her other songs on the album. Although this isn't in the usual Lady Gaga style, it has a very elegant feel to it. It's pretty much just her voice and some acoustic instruments which I find very inspiring, although her voice loses some of its purity near the end as it turns a bit rocky. When I saw her at the O2 earlier this year she sang this song - just her and a piano - and the stunning power of her voice was just incredible. If only more of that power and passion had come across on this CD, this song would have shot straight to my list of top five songs from the album!

            ---Summerboy---

            "Don't be sad when the sun goes down"

            This definitely doesn't sound like Lady Gaga singing! She's gone for a different style with this song which is brave, but I don't think it works as well as her natural voice. This is a very summery song (I don't just say that because of its title), and it's certainly one to play with the windows down when the sun's out. Once again, a lot of the singing does not sound like the typical Lady Gaga voice, which is one reason why I think this album becomes weaker as it nears its end. Don't get me wrong, this is a happy easy-listening song which has a good mix of synthesised and non-synthesised music, but I think it would just take the song to the next level if it was in the typical Lady Gaga style which we know and love.

            ---Disco Heaven---

            "There's disco in the air and hairspray everywhere"

            The title really suits this song, as it's definitely a disco tune! If you're into '70s style disco music then this is the track for you. However, it's not really in the typical Lady Gaga style, and it doesn't really sound like her. Again. Despite this, it does have a good beat to it and will get you moving. Appropriate, really, as it's about dancing at a disco... A lot of the music sounds very electronic, which is suitable for a disco track, and the backing singers prevent this song from sounding too flat. Overall, this song isn't the best, but it is good to have a boogie to!

            ---Again Again---

            "My birthday's coming, and if I had one wish, you'd be it"

            Despite any criticisms I may have already made, Lady Gaga certainly finished the album off with a bang. Right from the beginning, this song is full of power and emotion. It's another one of these which is basically just Lady Gaga and some acoustic instruments, which allows her to show the true natural beauty and strength of her voice. Furthermore, the harmonies she creates with her backing singers are stunning. The song does end very abruptly, which is strange as it sounds unfinished. However, she sure does know how to finish an album - what better way than a song about mixed emotions which pours out, as well as that emotion itself, buckets of talent?

            And so the music draws to a close, and it's verdict time.

            Overall, this album as a whole is a lot more synthesised and electronic sounding than I had been expecting before I listened to it. This isn't a bad thing as she appears to have found her sound and is sticking to it, although I prefer her clear voice with simple instruments. It may seem like I've made many criticisms of the songs on the album, but in truth I've just been very picky. There's no denying that the album as a whole is brilliant, the best I've heard in a long time. I can't stop listening to it! It's an album that can pick you up when you're feeling down, but fuel a good mood if you're in one.

            At the time of writing this album is available for £8.93 from Amazon.

            Finally we've made it to the end...! Thanks for bearing with me, and for reading and rating.

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              Great album and something a little crazy

              Lady Gaga embraced the nation in 2008 with her first hit single 'Just Dance'. The girl, who claims to have a 'poker face', shocks the public daily with her outlandish statements, outfits and her tongue-in-cheek songs. The latest album sending us all 'Gaga' is 'The Fame Monster'.

              The fame monster is Lady Gaga's new album retailing at around £8.00. The album features songs 'Bad Romance' and heavily criticised 'Telephone', the fame monster offers a mash up of catchy crazy lyrics, rejuvenated 80's flair and bouncy electronic beats. The singer explores different singing styles in each song, from the heartfelt 'Speechless' to the crazy and slightly adulterated 'Teeth'. Lady Gaga also adds the icing on the cake, so to speak combining different languages in her lyrics to 'Bad Romance' and 'Alejandro'. Beware that Lady Gaga does have a softer side and there's nothing like Speechless or 'Brown eyes' from her previous album to define that factor.

              When Lady Gaga originally hit the scene, I didn't quite get it. Everyone spoke highly of this new singer, which I had yet to gain interest in. I suddenly found myself wrapped in a world of 'Gaga' frenzy from my friends and I finally decided to purchase the first album. I found it shocking, that within days, all I could think about was her catchy lyrics and I found myself humming them wherever I went. I then became a 'little monster', a name for which Lady Gaga calls her fans.

              I waited eagerly for the next album to come out and when I heard Bad Romance I was unsure what to think. It was something slightly different for Lady Gaga at the time. It had an edgy appeal but applied well to her new album name. When I listened to the whole album again I realised how much talent this woman has. Her vocal ability shines through the album and the lyrics are extremely relatable.

              I think it's fair to say that the album really lived up to my expectations, although some of the songs are a little 'weird' but it wouldn't be Gaga would it? I simply adore this album and I think it's a great interpretation of the way future pop music is heading and it's something a little different in 2010. I think this album would be a great buy for any Lady Gaga fan or pop music enthusiast.

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              Great value for money

              After literally exploding onto the music scene in 2008 with hit after hit of catchy electronic beats, Gaga proves she has the talent to match the fame in this second album 'The Fame Monster'. The album comprises two discs, he Fame Monster and The Fame. The Fame includes all her his songs such as Just Dance, Paparazzi and Poker Face, as well as a range of less wel known but equally as good tracks such as Boys Boys Boys, Paper Gangsta and The Fame. Her unparallelled singing talent is displayed in the slow, emotional song Brown Eyes. On the second CD there are 8 entirely new songs including the ridiculously catchy Telephon featuring Beyonce. My favourite songs are Dance in The Dark, a dark emotive song disguised by loud electro beats, and So Happy I Could Die, whose meaning is displayed in the title. Teeth is also a great song - highly unusual but with a great beat and wonderful lyrics. Speechless is another song which chowcases Gaga's amazing talent and emotion in her singing.
              This album proves Lady Gaga is not just a one-hit-wonder and I can't wait to hear what she does next.

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                This really is a refreshing variety of catchy songs with clever lyrics

                I think this album is probably the most played thing on my ipod/cd player/anything with a speaker. It has some of of the most catchy, refreshing and downright fun selections of music I have heard for a long time, with her daring, amusing and clever lyrics, her fantastic electronic and modern beats, Lady GaGa seems to be able to reach almost everyone with at least one song from this album. I don't think I have yet to speak to anyone who hasn't enjoyed a song from The Fame Monster, and I challenge you to find anyone who hasn't heard one of them enough to remember it!

                What's even better is that the deluxe edition of this album, which is the version that seems to be the most available, also includes her first album "The Fame"! Whilst The Fame Monster is essentially about 7 new songs (added to the fact that her first album is included with it), they're 7 GREAT quality songs, rather than a few good tracks with some filler to boost the track listing. If it hadn't included The Fame, I probably would have been disappointed that there were only 7 tracks, purely in a good value for money kind of way, but Lady GaGa really does seem to take the time to make each song unique but with that GaGa flair that makes her and her music stand out from the rest.

                Telephone and Bad Romance are really stand out tracks, but Teeth and Monster are equally catchy I think. As someone who has now immensely enjoyed both of these albums, I am eagerly awaiting what else Lady GaGa has to give to the world of music, if the sounds are as great as the ones on this CD than my ears will surely be very happy. :D

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                  14.03.2010 01:02
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                  Great songs.

                  The Fame Monster is the second album from one of the biggest music sensations in the world at this time 'Lady Gaga'.

                  Tracklisting
                  1. Bad Romance
                  2. Alejandro
                  3. Monster
                  4. Speechless
                  5. Dance in the dark
                  6. Telephone - feat. Beyonce
                  7. So Happy I Could Die
                  8. Teeth

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                  The fame monster is the second album from Lady Gaga and is a step up from her last album 'The Fame'. At only 8 tracks long the album feels like every song is a candidate for single release as opposed to 'filler' tracks.

                  The best song on the album by far in my opinion is the first single 'Bad Romance', famous for its chants of 'Ra ra, ah ah ah, roma, romama, gaga, ooh la la'. This single is catchy and you cant help but sing along.
                  Alejandro is the second track and I like this song as it has a kind of holiday vibe to it, the tune definitely seems perfect for listening to whilst lazing on the beach!
                  Monster, this song is not as strong as the others as I think the verse slightly lacks but the chorus is still catchy so overall its still a good song.
                  Speechless is the 'ballad' style single, I feel like its an old school ballad, and it really shows off gagas vocal talents.
                  Dance in the dark again I feel has a weak verse but the chorus is definitely very catchy and again you cant help but to sing along.
                  Telephone is the second single, and is definitely one of my favourites. The song is very very catchy, however I think so much hype has been placed on the video release for the song that many people have disregarded the music!
                  So happy I could die is definitely my least favourite track, although still a good song it just doesnt compare to the likes of 'bad romance' or 'telephone'.
                  Teeth is the last song on the album and definitely the strangest! At first listen I really was not sure what to make of this song. However once Id had a few listens I found it really catchy and love to sing along. Kind of an odd choice for the last song tho.

                  Overall I would definitely recommend this album, if at first you dont like I would definitely give it a chance and a second listen, you just might find yourself singing along!!

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                  06.03.2010 19:46
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                  A must buy.

                  Perhaps the greatest collection of material released in the last twelve months, "The Fame Monster" deserves all the accolades it's recieved. Just recently, Lady GaGa was awarded three Brit Awards for her immense impact on the music industry. Since the release of her debut single "Just Dance," she has been unavoidable. The incredible success of follow-up "Poker Face" continued her furious momentum, while "Paparazzi" opened up a whole new number of listeners to the power of Lady GaGa.
                  The re-release of her debut album "The Fame," as the "The Fame Monster," with the immensely catchy lead single "Bad Romance" further acquired new fans. Meanwhile, the overall quality of the eight-strong additonal EP garnered over a million more sales for the set. Each of the new tracks is of impeccable quality; all could easily sit alongside the singles from the original release.
                  Furthermore, the album booklet contains the lyrics to all the tracks. Thus allowing fans to sing-a-long to both the songs from the original and re-release CD's.

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                    07.02.2010 16:00
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                    Great to listen, amazing tracks and great style!

                    What a real breath of fresh air to our music industry, she is so talented and Lady Gaga even writes her own songs which are amazing considering not many artists seem to write their own lyrics anymore.
                    I was sat in my living room watching the music channel when this strangely dressed women came on my screen, I thought wow how brave is she to dress like that, the song "just dance" was unlike anything I had heard before it was electro pop something I had never heard before. From that moment on I was a huge fan!
                    I loved her sound, her still and how amazing her personality was, she is totally fearless.
                    Ok so her album has been re released and it is well worth investing in the bonus material is fantastic it will not let you down.
                    Lady Gags albums consists of two CDS the first one has the 8 new songs and the second album has the original 16 songs with a few bonuses added. The first CD is hugely entertaining with her 8 track album being very uplifting and full of catchy tunes such as "Teeth" and "Alejandro". The original album contains the songs "Just Dance", "Poker Face" and "Paparazzi" all these songs were released as singles and did very well in the charts.
                    Lady Gaga's songs are all about personal experiences in her life as well as telling people what celebrity life is all about and how everyone can be a celebrity, some of the songs she wrote were inspired by the 70s and 80s and are basically re written such as "Boys, Boys, Boys" this song was inspired by a song called "Girls, Girls, Girls".
                    This album should be in everyone's collection and seriously everyone should give her a chance, I think you would be surprised by her material. It is very real and very up to date. Lady Gaga has shown us a new path to music one in which many artists will try to re create themselves.

                    So come on and give her a listen she is a fantastic artist!

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                  Disc #1 Tracklisting
                  1 Bad Romance
                  2 Alejandro
                  3 Monster
                  4 So Happy I Could Die
                  5 Speechless
                  6 Dance In The Dark
                  7 Telephone
                  8 Teeth

                  Disc #2 Tracklisting
                  1 Just Dance
                  2 LoveGame
                  3 Paparazzi
                  4 Poker Face
                  5 I Like It Rough
                  6 Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
                  7 Starstruck
                  8 Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
                  9 The Fame
                  10 Money Honey
                  11 Boys Boys Boys
                  12 Paper Gangsta
                  13 Brown Eyes
                  14 Summerboy
                  15 Disco Heaven (Bonus Track)
                  16 Again Again (Bonus Track)