The Fame - Lady Gaga
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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 149
  1. GlM
    Sep 24, 2014
    10
    One of the greatest debut albums by an artist. The album delves into the idea of 'The Fame' to give us a narrative, filled with standoutOne of the greatest debut albums by an artist. The album delves into the idea of 'The Fame' to give us a narrative, filled with standout Dance-Pop anthems, touches of Disco, and R&B infused beats. The Dance fueled tracks of the album give an insight as to who Lady Gaga is, and who she is to become with a very long career ahead of her. She isn't stopping any time soon. Expand
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    Overrtaed a shell, though this album have some good songs!
  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. May 28, 2012
    9
    One Of The Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time!
    Amazing Style Of Music!
  5. Aug 15, 2013
    8
    I love Lady Gaga. This album is truly amazing. You can listen to it at any time, and the upbeat tracks will cheer you up immediately.I love Lady Gaga. This album is truly amazing. You can listen to it at any time, and the upbeat tracks will cheer you up immediately. Definitely a must buy. Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2012
    7
    This is a good debut album with catchy and fun songs. Gaga has a great voice and knows how to use it.

    By far this album is better than "Born
    This is a good debut album with catchy and fun songs. Gaga has a great voice and knows how to use it.

    By far this album is better than "Born This Way", but no better than "The Fame Monster"
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  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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