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Album Review: Lady GaGa - 'The Fame'

In a period where most artists seem to be indistinguishable, its safe to say that the rare gems are far and few in between.

Luckily, that's exactly what Akon stumbled upon when he signed Lady Gaga, an Italian multi-talented singer-songwriter from New York.

On her debut disc, The Fame, she effortlessly entraps you with her contagious and funky dance floor anthems, that realm of old school retro grooves, but adamantly fit in with today's music scene.

The album's lead single, "Just Dance", which climbed to No.1 in 22 weeks, making it the longest trip to the top since Creed's "With Arms Wide Open" (27 weeks) in November 2000. That feature, definitely doesn't come as a surprise, given after finally hearing the overly addictive smash months after its release, it made you feel like you had shortchanged yourself by missing out on a great danceable offering.

"LoveGame", which boasts lyrics like “Let’s have some fun, this beat is sick, I wanna take a ride on your disco stick,” display her unique approach not only in her artistry, but also in her writing.

"Beautiful Dirty Rich", "Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", the enslaving, "Poker Face", and "The Fame", fluently proves that she has a knack for creating additively infectious music that traps us under her spell, just like Britney Spears with the exception of the overly fragile vocals.

The tantalising, "Again Again", turns the attention to her vocals and reaffirms that although she isn't a powerhouse vocalist of Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey stature, she does have a unique versatile sound that easily transforms from slightly soulful tendencies to commercial appeal with in a instance.

The piano laced, "Brown Eyes", continues this trend, but not without the resemblance of Vanessa Carlton. Fortunately, that doesn't stop the track from being a highlight, given she still does enough to differentiate the track as a original.

On the obsessive, "Paparazzi", she chimes "I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me, Papa-Paparazzi, Baby there's no other superstar, You know that I'll be, your Papa-Paparazzi ", and creates another standout that would have easily fit in with Gwen Stefani's 2005 effort, Love Angle Music Baby. That said, it still doesn't take away the genius of the track.

The album isn't full of slam dunks due to the mindless, "Money Honey", "Boys Boys Boys", and "Summerboy", which are more like free throws. That said, none of the tracks are particularly bad and Lady Gaga does take you on an enchanting ride with each and every single offering.

Put simply, the album is a refreshing spin on current market place and Lady Gaga realms of an original essence that doesn't allow you to easily categorize her, which further proves just authentically viable she is in this samely industry.

4 out of 5

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