Average User Score: 8.3Aug 12, 2011I remember the first time I heard 'Bad Romance,' having barely recovered from Lady Gaga's explosion onto the music scene with her debut album, The Fame; I couldn't believe the song I was hearing was Gaga. It sounded nothing like 'Poker Face,' and at first, my heart skipped a beat.
But therein lies the strength of The Fame Monster; as a whole, the CD is nothing like its predecessor. While The Fame succeeds in being an in-your-face, shameless pop/dance tour de force about the rise to and struggle for fame, The Fame Monster takes a step back and analyzes the consequences of said actions. The result is a staggeringly good piece of pop, showing Gaga's darker (and stronger) musical side. Songs like 'Dance in the Dark' and 'Bad Romance' push the boundaries of pop music and challenge other artists to follow Gaga in creating pop that isn't (gasp) mindless, while others like 'Telephone' play to the strengths that allowed her to become this famous in the first place. The Fame Monster blows The Fame out of the water and nearly makes the original 14 track album seem of such low quality (which it definitely is not) that you'd wish she'd debuted with this one instead.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Aug 6, 2011Lady Gaga's progression as an artist is truly astounding; take a listen to her debut, The Fame, and then to the tracks on Born This Way, and not only will you find her voice has improved (and lost its addiction to auto tuning), but the complexity and ingenuity of each track has increased as well. It may not be as polished and dark as The Fame Monster (and it seems most would agree Gaga works better in a darker setting), but Born This Way certainly stands on its own as a fantastic pop and dance album. Its only flaw exists in its inconsistencies; aside from the occasional drab three minutes ("Highway Unicorn" and "Hair," both of which suffer from messy production), each track brings its own blood to the album. Gaga and her producers give a little something for everyone. "ScheiÃ… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Aug 6, 2011"On a Mission" comes as a breath of fresh air in a culture where dance music has become mainstream, bringing a slew of monotonous beats and slurry choruses that blend together and sound exactly the same. Katy's soulful croon--the kind of voice you'd more expect on an R&B record--floats deliciously over masterful productions from some of Britain's finest: Geeneus, Zinc, and the famed members of Magnetic Man (Benga, Skream, Artwork). It's familiar, as most dance music is these days, but at the same time different than everything you've been hearing lately. Songs like "Broken Record" and "Lights On" play to the formula that, if used correctly, is sure to produce a hit, while others like "Movement" and "Disappear" bring something new that, of course, still delivers a powerhouse dance jam. It's not enough to change the direction of music as a whole, but for what it is, "On A Mission" is a fantastic debut from this new pop/dance artist.… Expand