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  • Summary: The debut album for the songwriter includes songs written and produced by RedOne and Space Cowboy.

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Just Dance
RedOne Konvict Gaga (oh-oh, eh) I've had a little bit too much, much All of the people start to rush (start to rush by) A dizzy twister dance Can't... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. The full-length The Fame proves she's more than one hit and a bag of stage tricks.
  2. Listen a little closer to the sly, snarky lyrics and glam grooves on this feisty debut and you'll hear that this former downtown New York spice girl has at least a few things on her dirty mind.
  3. GaGa ups the ante in terms of catchy songwriting and sheer high-in-the-club-banging-to-the-beat abandon.
  4. The Fame is still a solid dance album.
  5. Empty lyrics are all part of the game when it comes to creating pop music--and Lady GaGa looks to have hit the jackpot here with her blend of sassy attitude, metallic beats and sharp, incisive songwriting.
  6. In this economy, though, her high-times escapism has its charms.
  7. Gaga's lyrics alternate between cheap drivel and nonsensical drivel, and her vocal performances are uneven at best....The songs that work--and there are plenty, including 'Poker Face,' 'Starstruck,' 'Paper Gangsta' and 'Summerboy'--rest almost solely on their snappy production and sing-along hooks and reveal Gaga as the Xtina/Gwen/Fergie hydra monster that she is.

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  1. Negative: 22 out of 179
  1. Oct 24, 2016
    10
    As we all know Lady Gaga is the bomb. This album is the beginning of her career. It includes Poker Face and Paparazzi (among all her greatAs we all know Lady Gaga is the bomb. This album is the beginning of her career. It includes Poker Face and Paparazzi (among all her great songs on here). If you appreciate fine pop music, even if you are not a Lady Gaga fan, you will become one once you hear this album. It is amazing! Expand
  2. Oct 25, 2016
    10
    one of the best debut album ever every song has potential for single when rb ruled charts and music industry Gaga made edm mainstreem withone of the best debut album ever every song has potential for single when rb ruled charts and music industry Gaga made edm mainstreem with that album in 2008 Expand
  3. szapphiref
    Sep 11, 2009
    10
    She' s got the voice, the artistry, the theatrics, the imagery, the fashion and most of all the chutzpah into the album that it feels She' s got the voice, the artistry, the theatrics, the imagery, the fashion and most of all the chutzpah into the album that it feels like the album is alive and breathing. The greatest pop album in this generation. It's also clever. Hiding the depth of its commentary on women and society under the skin of pop music. Expand
  4. Dec 4, 2016
    9
    What an incredible album. Lady Gaga brought pop music back to life. It has pretty much everything a pop album needs. It's upbeat, sexy, wellWhat an incredible album. Lady Gaga brought pop music back to life. It has pretty much everything a pop album needs. It's upbeat, sexy, well sang, well produced and most of all - memorable. It'll rightfully remain one of music's most important debuts. Expand
  5. MarkK.
    Nov 29, 2008
    8
    I am not a fan of pop; at all. However, The Fame by Lady GaGa is a huge guilty pleasure for me. There isn't a dud track on this album, I am not a fan of pop; at all. However, The Fame by Lady GaGa is a huge guilty pleasure for me. There isn't a dud track on this album, which is really rare for a mainstream pop album. The last few songs loose focus on the whole obsession with fame theme the rest of the album has and there is a useless rap by Flo-Rida, but otherwise The Fame is so, so close to being the perfect pop album. Check it out, it's a lot of fun! Expand
  6. May 26, 2011
    7
    The album is great with several standout tracks, but does not come close to the amazing "The Fame Monster" and "Born This Way". It is,The album is great with several standout tracks, but does not come close to the amazing "The Fame Monster" and "Born This Way". It is, however, exactly what she needed to get noticed. Expand
  7. ChrisC
    Apr 11, 2009
    0
    Would probably like her more if the radio didn't blow her up and force them in my face. A lot of times her singing style is EXTREMELY Would probably like her more if the radio didn't blow her up and force them in my face. A lot of times her singing style is EXTREMELY annoying especially during the verses, and honestly, pop has enough albums. I don't care how many #1's she has. She's crap. Expand

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