The Fame Monster

Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
User Score
Based on 910 ratings
2009 Ratings: #17
Liked by 36 people
November 18, 2009 / Release Date
EP / Format
Interscope, Streamline, Cherrytree / Label
Pop, Dance Pop / Genres / Website
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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

"The Fame Monster" shows how Gaga could take the pop music to a unbeatable, iconic and majestly well done level.
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
Probably her best effort to date. Released as some kind of 'extension' to Fame, this short set of dance-ready pop tunes showcases Gaga in her prime, not only with some of her absolute best singles (difficult to stay still on Bad Romance, Alejandro, Monster), but also on her highest and most cohesive point, aesthetically speaking. Some really fine anthemic choruses and beats here, despite a few downsides, such as Dance in the Dark and Telephone.
Okay, Bad Romance & Telephone slaps! Some of the top tier mainstream pop of the 2010’s. Everything else was fine though, don’t get me wrong, it was well produced and Gaga is a good singer, though nothing was really memorable for me besides the songs I was talking about earlier. It’s decent, but I honestly didn’t really care for it
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.
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Track List

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