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A Review of the Album "the Fame" by the Pop Singer Lady Gaga Released in 2008

Updated on November 18, 2023
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


"The Fame" Has a Few Notable Songs That Fans Of Lady Gaga Will Know

Every musical artist gets a chance to get themselves known and Lady Gaga is no exception to this. Her 2008 album called “The Fame” has a few hit songs that fans of her will recognize such as Just Dance, Poker Face, and Paparazzi. This is not just a review of an album by perhaps the most famous pop music star in the world, but it is also a way to show that even a heavy metal lover can enjoy dance pop and electronic pop music like this. The way that I discovered the song Just Dance occurred under the most interesting of circumstances. This writer wasn’t even searching for that song specifically but found it and grew to like it a lot. Even those of us that are not part of the millennial generation, we can even love this album if we just give it a chance.

Just Dance May Be the Most Famous Song On "The Fame"

The Fame has a style of pop music that’s actually similar to the music of Ace of Base. “The Fame” took two years to record and it is one of those albums that for the lover of dance pop, it is easy to handle all the way through even at night. The lead or main single of “The Fame” was Just Dance and this song reached the Top 10 musical charts in many countries. "Just Dance" is a song that Gaga sings with Colby O’ Donis. Lady Gaga gave her perspective on this hit song saying that Just Dance is a song that is dedicated to people that are going through tough times in their life, myself included. The song’s message that everything’s going to be okay may not be enough for some people to relate to but the song is high energy and definitely a solid way for Lady Gaga to have started her debut album. The song is also about the fact that someone had too much to drink and they cannot find their keys or their phone.

"Poker Face"

There Is a Difference for the International Version of This Album

The international version of this album has the bonus track called Disco Heaven. By the time you listen to the song “Paper Gangsta” you realize that Lady Gaga has the creative ability to make a song really shine. The song might as well be humorous way to say that some people don’t want to deal with jokers or people that are fake and not genuine. Even though “The Fame” was released back in 2008, the lyrical themes of this album are just as relevant today

"The Fame" Is an Album With So Much More Than the First Four Songs

“LoveGame” is the second song on this album and it has that techno beat feel along with harmony style vocals and this song is inspired by Lady Gaga’s sexual crush on a stranger in a nightclub. “Paparazzi” is another one of the songs on “The Fame” that I really have grown to like even though this one has been on my playlist only recently. Can someone really have both fame and love at the same time? Basically, “The Fame” is off to more than a solid start with the first four songs including “Poker Face” even though there is the repetition of the words poker face are the songs that really define this album. Especially three of the first four songs have come out to be hit songs. “The Fame” the title track is just about what the title suggests and that is the lifestyle of the rich and famous with lots of material wealth. You may find yourself wanting to sing along in the song Paparazzi. The song does address both fame and love and both of these qualities are attainable. Can you really love someone like cherry pie? Overall, The Fame is a very solid way for Lady Gaga to have begun her career and whatever doubts I may have had about why so many were fascinated with her music all those doubts have now been surely erased. From a purely musical standpoint, this first release by Lady Gaga is one that is a genre defining release and she has dominated the later part of the 2000s with this release.


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"Just Dance"

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Ara Vahanian


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