The Fame

Lady Gaga - The Fame
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2008 Ratings: #518 / 743
User Score
Based on 759 ratings
2008 Ratings: #130
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October 28, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
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Pop / Genres
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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.
Empty lyrics are all part of the game when it comes to creating pop music – and Lady Gaga looks to have hit the jackpot here with her blend of sassy attitude, metallic beats and sharp, incisive songwriting.

The Fame isn’t designed to be a club record: it’s simply a pop record with dancefloor intentions, which, really, gives the disc a meaty backbone that relies on hooks more than grooves, making each song all the more digestible and accessible.


Most songs on The Fame seem to be different takes on a similar formula, and for the most part the execution makes each song stand out from the rest. Yet listening from top to bottom, The Fame will tend to grate on the nerves of the listener by the end.

A.V. Club
The greatest weakness is the singer-slash-performance-artist's limited vocal range. Gaga seems to have spent more time cultivating her sequin-bedecked stage persona than her singing.
Slant Magazine

The songs that work ... rest almost solely on their snappy production and sing-along hooks and reveal Gaga as the Xtina/Gwen/Fergie hydra monster that she is.

Beats Per Minute
Unfortunately, despite any good will engendered by “Paparazzi,” the rest of the album isn’t much better.
i wanna take a ride on your disco stick
The Fame must have been a revolutionary album on the year of its release but today it is just a normal pop album.
Guilty pleasure sex
the fame is probably one of the most diverse, fun pop albums of the past 20 years. its sound ranges from dark electropop to
catchy pop rock, and there's even some pop rap in there, all of which mesh together incredibly well.

original score: 82
no original review
She's got the voice, the artistry, the theatrics, the imagery, the fashion and most of all the chutzpah into the album that it feels like the album is alive and breathing. The greatest pop album in this generation. It's also clever. Hiding the depth of its commentary on women and society under the skin of pop music.

✅ Just Dance | LoveGame | Paparazzi | Poker Face | Beautiful, Dirty, Rich | Boys Boys Boys
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Track List

  1. Just Dance
  2. LoveGame
  3. Paparazzi
  4. Poker Face
  5. Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
  6. Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
  7. The Fame 
  8. Money Honey
  9. Starstruck
  10. Boys Boys Boys
  11. Paper Gangsta
  12. Brown Eyes
  13. I Like It Rough
  14. Summerboy

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