Fame CD (2008)

Artist: Lady Gaga

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Sheer Genius

on 4/19/2012

What an amazing debut album. Lady Gaga is an amazing performer and this album is incredible. Each and every song is wonderful, although some of them took me a little longer to love, over the past 5 months that i've owned the album i've come to absolutely love the whole thing. You really get to appreciate and love it the more and more you listen to it. I was deffinately not dissapointed in any way and i will be more than happy buying more Lady Gaga albums in the future.

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 209704129
UPC 602517891388
UPC 14 00602517891388
Format CD
Release Date 10/28/2008
Author Lady Gaga
Associated Artist/Work Jammy Jams
Artist Influence Anastacia
Artist Influence Blondie
Artist Influence Britney Spears
Artist Influence Christina Aguilera
Artist Influence Cyndi Lauper
Artist Influence David Bowie
Artist Influence Donna Summer (Vocals)
Artist Influence Grace Jones
Artist Influence Gwen Stefani
Artist Influence Kylie Minogue
Artist Influence Madonna
Artist Influence Queen
Artist Contemporary Adam Lambert (American Idol)
Artist Contemporary Alex Young
Artist Contemporary Anna Abreu
Artist Contemporary Annie (Norway)
Artist Contemporary Beyonc?
Artist Contemporary Chicks on Speed
Artist Contemporary Christina Milian
Artist Contemporary CSS
Artist Contemporary Dragonette
Artist Contemporary Ellie Goulding
Artist Contemporary Estelle
Artist Contemporary Fischerspooner
Artist Contemporary Holly Valance
Artist Contemporary Hot Chip
Artist Contemporary Icona Pop
Artist Contemporary Jessie James (Vocalist)
Artist Contemporary Justin Timberlake
Artist Contemporary Katy Perry
Artist Contemporary Ke$ha
Artist Contemporary Kelly Clarkson
Artist Contemporary Keri Hilson
Artist Contemporary La Roux
Artist Contemporary Little Boots
Artist Contemporary Livvi Franc
Artist Contemporary LMFAO
Artist Contemporary Natalia Kills
Artist Contemporary Nelly Furtado
Artist Contemporary Nicki Minaj
Artist Contemporary P!nk
Artist Contemporary Peaches
Artist Contemporary PSY
Artist Contemporary Rihanna
Artist Contemporary Robyn
Artist Contemporary Scissor Sisters
Artist Contemporary will.i.am
Artist Follower Christina Perri
Artist Follower Ellie Goulding
Artist Follower Sky Ferreira
Technical Info
Engineer Tony Ugval; Robert Orton
Producer Martin Kierszenbaum; Brian & Josh
CatalogID 1180502
Lable Name Interscope (USA)
Released 2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00602517664890
Musical Guests
Colby O'Donis
Flo Rida
Space Cowboy
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Lady Gaga (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer); Colby O'Donis (vocals); Flo Rida, Space Cowboy (rap vocals); Red One (various instruments, programming); Tom Kafafian (guitar); Calvin Gaines (bass guitar, programming); Victor Bailey (bass guitar); Joe Tomino (drums).
The times were crying out for a pop star like Lady GaGa -- a self-styled, self-made shooting star, one who mocked the tabloid digital age while still wanting to wallow in it -- and one who's smart enough to pull it all off, too. That self-awareness and satire were absent in the pop of the new millennium, where even the best of the lot operated only on one level, which may be why Lady GaGa turned into such a sensation in 2009: everybody was thirsty for music like this, music for and about their lives, both real and virtual. To a certain extent, the reaction to The Fame may have been a little too enthusiastic, with GaGa turning inescapable sometime in the summer of 2009, when she appeared on countless magazine covers while both Weezer and DAUGHTRY covered "Pokerface," the rush to attention suggesting that she was the second coming of Madonna, a comparison GaGa cheerfully courts and one that's accurate if perhaps overextended. Like the marvelous Madge, Lady GaGa ushers the underground into the mainstream -- chiefly, a dose of diluted Peaches delivered via a burbling cauldron of electro-disco -- by taming it just enough so it's given the form of pop yet remains titillating. Sure, GaGa sings of disco sticks, bluffin' with her muffin, and rough sex, but her provocation doesn't derive solely from her words: this is music that sounds thickly sexy with its stainless steel synths and dark disco rhythms. Where GaGa excels, and why she crossed over, is how she doesn't leave all this as a collection of hooks and rhythms, she shapes them into full-blown pop songs, taking the time to let the album breathe with chillout ballads and percolating new wave, like the title track that echoes Gwen Stefani in dance diva mode. But where Gwen simply celebrates celeb consumer culture, GaGa bites, her litany of runway models, pornographic girls, and body plastic delivered with an undercurrent of disdain, even as she loves all the glitz. This dichotomy propels much of The Fame, particularly on the clever "Paparazzi," where she casts herself as the photographic parasite chasing after her crush, but none of this meta text would work if the songs didn't click, functioning simultaneously as glorious pop trash and a wicked parody of it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Artist Overview
Glamorously gaudy, a post-modern diva stitched together from elements of Madonna, David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga was the first true millennial superstar. Mastering the constant connection of the internet era, Gaga generated countless mini-sensations through her style, videos, and music, cultivating a devoted audience she dubbed "Little Monsters." It wasn't just a cult that turned her 2008 manifesto The Fame into a self-fulfilling prophecy: Gaga crossed over into the mainstream, ushering out one pop epoch and kick-starting a new one, quickly making turn-of-the-century stars seem old-fashioned. Quite a trick for any artist to pull off, but especially impressive for an artist who specialized in repurposing the past for present use, creating sustainable pop for a digital world. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.61) - "THE FAME is remarkably pure in its vision of a world in which nothing trumps being 'beautiful, dirty, and rich.'"
Disc 1
1 Just Dance - (featuring Colby O'Donis)
2 LoveGame
3 Paparazzi
4 Poker Face
5 Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
6 Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
7 Fame, The
8 Money Honey
9 Starstruck - (featuring Flo Rida/Space Cowboy)
10 Boys Boys Boys
11 Paper Gangsta
12 Brown Eyes
13 I Like It Rough
14 Summerboy
Product Attributes
Artist Lady Gaga
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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