Pop sensation's second album is a "monster" of a success
There's no need to put the dancing shoes away - take two, and Gaga is just as good. In Lady Gaga's first album, "The Fame," the pop singer hypnotized the whole world with catchy hits, giving rise to teenagers everywhere belting "Just Dance" and "Papa-paparazzi." Her second album maintains the techno-pop backdrop that shot the singer into superstardom.But this time around, Gaga reveals the dark side to life under the spotlight. More goth than mainstream pop, tracks on "The Fame Monster" showcase Gaga as a developing artist, one who takes creative risks by trekking into edgy genres. Although Gaga's second album is less mainstream, her eight new songs show that she's still the superstar we know and love.
"Bad Romance" evokes '90s synth pop compared to Lady Gaga's usual fare, but nevertheless compels listeners to get up and dance. As Lady Gaga croons, "I want your ugly/ I want your disease," she draws the listener in with powerful vocals. Her seductive voice, coupled with the tantalizing beat in the background, makes for an addicting track, one that is sure to stay in a listener's head for a long time.
Two tracks on "The Fame Monster" that have not flooded the airwaves, but are sure to rival "Bad Romance" are "So Happy I Could Die" and "Monster." Reverting back to Gaga's techno roots, "So Happy I Could Die" is sure to become an instant classic in the clubs. The repetitive chorus mesmerizes the listener immediately while Gaga's husky vocals simultaneously entrance the listener into a state of melodic hypnotism.
On the other hand, the techno track "Monster" is less upbeat. However, Gaga's sinister proclamations, such as "He ate my heart" and the chorus, "That boy is a monster," continue to blow the listener away. The unique combination of Gothic and dance genres is refreshing, providing for a radio-worthy, fist-pumping anthem.
Besides the signature club music and goth-inspired tunes, Gaga chooses to mix up her style in her new album. In "Telephone," a sassy song featuring Beyonce, the two divas pair up for double the damage in an audacious beat that blends Gaga's techno flare with a tinge of Beyonce's hip-hop style. The result is a song that is trendsetting and original. The jazzy ballad "Speechless," another song that deviates from Gaga's usual music, also sheds light on another side of the singer.
Sophia Deng. Sophia was the Managing Editor of SCO during the 2009-2010 school year. When not laughing or chilling to OWL CITY, Sophia can be found oil painting, playing volleyball, doing sudokus and sprinkling happy fairy dust over everyone. She loves folk/pop/electronica indie, Harry Potter, Burt's Bees … More »