Review: Lady Gaga’s Fame Monster
Last night Kiki visited the Interscope offices in NYC for a listen of Lady Gaga‘s upcoming album, Fame Monster.
Set to release on November 23rd 2009, it features eight tracks with production from RedOne, Teddy Riley, Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins, Ron Fair and Fernando Garibay.
As the cover and title suggest, The Fame Monster reveals Gaga’s gothic side.
Listening to the obviously 80′s inspired album, you would think she’s in a dark place with love. A tortured, sometimes angry feel is felt throughout tracks like “Monster” and “Dance In The Dark” where she passionately sings “baby loves to dance in the dark, cuz when he’s looking she falls apart”.
“Telephone”, featuring Beyoncé, has a pounding beat like “Dance In The Dark”, but a faster, more urgent sound. Gaga sounds annoyed with her man blowing up her phone while she’s in the club, and Bey’s demanding voice complements the track nicely. By the look of the heads bopping in this album listening, this one will surely be a club banger.
“Teeth”, with its gothic Marilyn Manson-esque feel and heavy throbbing beat, features an aggressive Gaga singing “show me your teeth, show me whatcha got”.
I am normally not a fan of “dance music” – I find the typical club anthems to be repetitive and annoying. But Gaga did a great job at capturing me in her odd fantasy world by mixing up vocals, and the tones of her tracks from being almost scary, to tragically beautiful at times.
Peep what Lady Gaga said herself about the album in a statement:
“On my re-release The Fame Monster, I wrote about everything I didn’t write on The Fame. While traveling the world for two years, I’ve encountered several monsters, each represented by a different song on the new record: my ‘Fear of Sex Monster,’ my ‘Fear of Alcohol Monster,’ my ‘Fear of Love Monster,’ my ‘Fear of Death Monster,’ my ‘Fear of Loneliness Monster,’ etc. I spent a lot of nights in Eastern Europe, and this album is a pop experimentation with industrial/Goth beats, 90’s dance melodies, an obsession with the lyrical genius of 80’s melancholic pop, and the runway. I wrote while watching muted fashion shows and I am compelled to say my music was scored for them. I also composed a ballad for the album, ‘Speechless,’ a song for my father, and it’s my favorite work of all. I wrote every piece on the road – no songs about money, no songs about fame. I wrote it for my fans, so I wrote everything in between”.
Check out her “Bad Romance” video,”Dance In the Dark” and “Telephone” tracks below to get a taste of The Fame Monster:
Do you respect what Lady Gaga is doing?