REVIEW: Lady GaGa – ‘The Fame Monster’ (2009)

The Fame Monster is the second studio album by American recording artist Lady Gaga, released on November 18, 2009.

Tracklist:

1. Bad Romance
2. Alejandro
3. Monster
4. Speechless
5. Dance In The Dark
6. Telephone (ft. Beyonce)
7. So Happy I Could Die
8. Teeth

Review:

Lady GaGa is back with The Fame Monster. The 8 songs on this album were intended to be a part of The Fame re-release, but GaGa said that it would be it’s one standalone album because the re-release would be cost too much money and The Fame Monster would be a completely different experience than The Fame was. GaGa has described the two albums as ying and yang. Complete polar opposites. While The Fame deals with the upside and cheery side of fame, The Fame Monster deals with the dark and gothic side with every song being about a particular “fame monster” that GaGa fears in life.

BAD ROMANCE

FEAR OF LOVE

“I want your Psycho. Your Vertigo stick. Want you in my Rear Window. Baby you’re sick. I want your love.”

First song and easily the biggest and loudest song on the album. GaGa is trying to express that she’s in love with someone and their significant other probably doesn’t want all of their deepest, darkest and sickest parts that they won’t show to anybody, but GaGa does because she loves this person so much. There will be revenge from her love interest’s current significant other, but she doesn’t care. Amazing song with a really addicting hook.

ALEJANDRO

FEAR OF SEX

“I know that we are young and I know that you may love me, but I just can’t be with you like this anymore.”

The song starts up with a monologue remembrance of a old Italian serial that really sets the mood for the rest of the song. The song is a love triangle with Alejandro, Fernando and Roberto. All three of the guys like her, but he’s done with all of them and wants to start anew. Really funky song that sounds like a 80s song mixed with heavy synth.

MONSTER

FEAR OF SEX

“Don’t call me GaGa.”

GaGa has said that the song is pretty much just about a guy with a big dick, “I’ve never seen one like that before”. Fear of attachment and fear of wanting something that’s bad for you. Going back to someone for some sex because it’s the only security you experience. GaGa delivers a very catchy chorus with a robotic like hook. This song gives zombie metaphors to describe how this person has taken over GaGa’s life, “He ate my heart and then he ate my brain”.

SPEECHLESS

FEAR OF DEATH

“Some men may follow me, but you choose death and company.”

The song is about how GaGa’s father had a serious heart condition that he didn’t want to treat and decided on letting his life run it’s course instead. When GaGa was on the road, her father would call her when he was drunk and she couldn’t say anything. She was afraid that she was going to lose her father and not be there. She couldn’t get off of touring to try and help him so she went in and recorded SPEECHLESS as a plea to her father to get the surgery and stop drinking.

Her father was eventually sent to the hospital because of his condition mixed with the booze and GaGa told him that if he doesn’t go through with the open heart surgery and died, she would quit music and spend the rest of her life taking care of her mom and sister. She then sang Speechless to her father. Her father went through with the surgery and is doing fine now. This is undoubtedly my favorite song on The Fame Monster. GaGa delivers her most heartfelt and most beautiful song to date. GaGa’s voice on this song literally sends chills down your spine and tingles your skin. Fascinating.

DANCE IN THE DARK

THE FEAR OF SELF

“Silicone, saline, poison, inject me. Baby, I’m a free bitch.”

Dance In The Dark is easily the song that will make you dance the most, yet it’s ironic because the song is about death at an early age and insecurity. The song is about two different concepts. The first concept is about a girl that only likes to have sex in the dark because she is self conscious about her body. She will be a freak and be free in bed, but the lights must be off, “Baby loves to dance in the dark cause when he’s looking, she falls apart”. The other part is talking about famous people that committed suicide or died because of fame at an early age. GaGa mentions JonBenet Ramsey, Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath, etc. GaGa expresses her fear of this happening to her and I think is the overall mood of the song. Fantastic dance song with a dark core.

TELEPHONE

THE FEAR OF SUFFOCATION

“I got my head and my heart on the dance floor.”

TELEPHONE is about how GaGa would rather move to the dance floor than answer her lover’s calls because she’s “kinda busy” dancing. In reality, the calls are just a way to saying she’s hearing ringing in her head telling her to quit slacking off and work harder. GaGa’s inspiration for the song being that she never finds time to cut loose and have fun because she loves her job so much. Seeing from critics reactions, it seems like I’m the only one that thinks this isn’t the best song on The Fame Monster. I think it’s rather lyrically lazy compared to the other songs on the album. I still like the song, but it’s nothing special and doesn’t belong with the other songs.

SO HAPPY I COULD DIE

THE FEAR OF ADDICTION

“Just know when that glass is empty, that the world is gonna bend.”

The song is essential GaGa having a crush with her female best friend and when she is around, she’s so happy she could die. When she’s not around, she masturbates thinking about her. Yeah, a song for the kids. She knows that her best friend doesn’t love her, but she suppresses the tears and fears with alcohol to the point of addiction. The chorus is kinda like the state of being drunk, very deep and slower, slurred, and tricked out with Autotune. The chorus is so insanely addictive with the bass, the pronunciation of the words and her voice makes it’s incredible.

TEETH

THE FEAR OF TRUTH

“Don’t be scared. I’ve done this before. Show me your teeth.”

The song is about oral sex and truth of hiding behind the physicality of sex rather than getting to know the person. The best way to describe this song is a “honky tonk, S&M, oral sex, vampire song”. This is my favorite song on The Fame Monster next to Speechless. Everything is perfect. The beat, GaGa’s voice sounds utterly incredible as she belts out her S&M wishes. She likes to be tied up and get eaten out (with metaphors for vampires attached). That’s the point of this song and it rocks.
The Fame Monster is one of the best albums of 2009, hands down. Clocking in at only 34 minutes, Lady GaGa sends you through the dark side of fame and you never want to look back. With this album, you will see why GaGa is one of the most talented and hardest working people in the business right now. The Fame Monster is a modern day pop classic.

9.5/10

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