The Fame

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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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  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: 23 out of 173
  1. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    Definitely one of the best and strongest debut albums of all times. If you haven't heard it yet, then you're not breathing as it's hit singlesDefinitely one of the best and strongest debut albums of all times. If you haven't heard it yet, then you're not breathing as it's hit singles have become some of the biggest hits of all time like Just Dance, Poker Face and Paparazzi. An awesome concept album about fame, and all the fun things that you do when you have it. Gaga made her mark on the industry with this album, and it was so good that she became the biggest popstar out there! Queen! 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. Sep 11, 2016
    9
    this is the best and the biggest album debut of all timeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee im a big fan of gaga and that shows a new face of the pop music,itthis is the best and the biggest album debut of all timeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee im a big fan of gaga and that shows a new face of the pop music,it bring to us poker face,just dance,love game and other amazing hits and that is her 2 best album i really love that,very strong and big quality album Expand
  5. jayK
    Nov 28, 2008
    8
    Its a good pop Album. Almost all song grow on you after some listens, I liked it. Its a chill album!
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    7
    I chose to give this album a seven because I think that for a debut album, the potential is high. She actually cares about what she's doingI chose to give this album a seven because I think that for a debut album, the potential is high. She actually cares about what she's doing for a change. She's not a "go in, get the money, get out" kind of person. She's in it, and she's staying in it. The songs are well-crafted, and while about 1/4 of the albums's songs are not even too great (there's some filler around the ending), it is still one of the best female pop debut albums of the past...five years? Maybe ten. 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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