AOTY 2019

The Fame Monster

Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
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Based on 607 ratings
2009 Ratings: #28
November 23, 2009 / Release Date
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Cherrytree / Label
Pop, Dance Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pretty Much Amazing

At 32 minutes long, The Fame Monster might be too slim to be considered a full release, but Gaga sends some loud messages nonetheless. With this release she continues to impress herself upon the public conscious, and should have her sights set firmly on becoming a modern pop icon.

82
Beats Per Minute

Yes, Lady Gaga’s music as presented on The Fame Monster is still “unoriginal,” but it’s no longer uninspiring. It is a facsimile of various trends and sounds in popular music, from the ’80s to 2009, sometimes even stretching all the way back to the ’60s. But pop music isn’t about originality.

80
AllMusic

The Fame Monster builds upon those strengths exhibited on The Fame, offering a credible expansion of the debut and suggesting she’s not just a fleeting pop phenomenon.

80
NME
In the same way as Radiohead battle computers and learn new instruments to hew their sculptures while Fuck Buttons and HEALTH discover new sonic languages, she uses pop, its producers and masks and all its artifice, as her tool of self-expression.
78
Pitchfork

Despite her flitting between personalities and personas, her music feels more like her own here than it did on her debut LP. The songs feel like they were written for Lady Gaga rather than simply for any modern pop star.

60
PopMatters

When all is said and done, The Fame Monster isn’t going to win Lady Gaga any new converts, but it does prove something to her millions of fans: that she’s not complacent with doing the same thing over again.

60
Spin

It's comforting to learn that Lady Gaga's supposed dark side-The Fame Monster offers a flipside to The Fame's sexy fun-is just as fun-loving and club-rousing as the songs that made her famous, because, really, her playful façade is a huge part of her appeal.

60
Under The Radar

You'd be temped to call The Fame Monster Act II of Lady Gaga's career, but it's really more like Act 1.5. Available as a second disc with The Fame or as a self-contained album, The Fame Monster continues where Gaga's debut left off and features eight new tracks of varying quality.

50
Consequence of Sound

The Fame Monster will undoubtedly please Lady GaGa’s army of fans and spawn more lush videos. You have to admire her full-on style and carefully constructed persona but I’m not sure this album is adding anything by way of originality or true invention to the music world.

MothaOfMotha12
73
[reviewing the regular 9 track version]

honestly, this sounds very dated, with the electronic/edm instrumentals, but this ep has a lot of iconic songs that are still good like telephone, alejandro and bad romance.

favorites: bad romance, alejandro, speechless, dance in the dark, telephone

meh: teeth

least favorites: monster, so happy i could die
Tielur
61
Huge step down from what made her glitzy, sugar fueled debut so good. There's a few songs on here that go in but nothing memorable other than the singles.
lukassantiago3
100
"The Fame Monster" shows how Gaga could take the pop music to a unbeatable, iconic and majestly well done level.
vivvuk
80
when i was much younger i used to shit all over radio pop music stars like katy perry and lady gaga. now that i'm far more mature and actually checked out the music, i can safely say that katy perry still fucking sucks cock but lady gaga can make quality music like this. digging this record heavy
eliiiiiiii
75
So Happy I Could Die is tremendously underrated.
Also, this album is my fuckin' childhood, can't say much more, just a great classic synthpop album, I still know almost every lyric by heart and the instrumentals are trully stunning at some points. With this EP, Gaga showed that she has A LOT of potential, but I don't think we'll ever get to hear something as good as this coming from her.

Fav tracks: Bad Romance, Alejandro, Speechless, Dance In The Dark, Telephone, So Happy I Could Die
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Decade Lists

#151/Pitchfork (2010s)

MISC LISTS

#197/SPIN (1985-2014)

Track List

  1. Bad Romance 
  2. Alejandro 
  3. Monster 
  4. Speechless 
  5. Dance in the Dark 
  6. Telephone 
  7. So Happy I Could Die 
  8. Teeth
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