The Fame Monster
By Damien Monaco
Lady GaGa’s latest release, The Fame Monster, is available in two different versions. The regular version includes only the eight new songs, while the deluxe edition contains the eight new songs in addition to all the music from her previous album The Fame.
The first song on The Fame Monster is “Bad Romance,” a catchy dance song with an intriguing video as well. Next up is “Alejandro,” a good song with some ridiculous lyrics, not that I was expecting anything more meaningful. After that is “Monster,” another decent song. “Speechless” is a boring slow song that really shows off her vocal capabilities. Too bad the talent goes to waste there. “Dance in the Dark” is another catchy dance song.
With all of Lady GaGa’s songs, there is a somewhat Madonna feel to them, but more so with “Dance in the Dark.” The talking/singing is very reminiscent of “Vogue.” It borders between using a good technique and ripping off. But perhaps it was Lady GaGa’s intention to sound like “Vogue.” At least Lady GaGa has talent to back her up and is capable of singing live, unlike Madonna.
Continuing with the CD, “Telephone,” featuring Beyoncé, is another good track, until Beyoncé starts singing. It sort of ruins the whole flow of the song. After that is “So Happy I Could Die.” This is one of the standout songs on the album. “So Happy I Could Die” and “Bad Romance” tempts you to hit the repeat button. “Teeth” is unlike any other songs by Lady GaGa. It is strangely superb, reminding me of a song by Bunker Hill.
If listening to the deluxe edition, the rest of the tracks are from The Fame, which featured many good songs as well. Overall, The Fame Monster is a great CD worth checking out.
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Published November 23, 2009
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