With The Fame, Stefani Germanotta aka Lady GaGa, will step into the ring with the likes of Robyn, the Pussycat Dolls, and Katy Perry and challenge for the crown of dance pop superstar. Her album, set for an October 2008 American release and a mid-August release in Canada and Germany, is set to blow up big time and should be a major hit.
A New York girl from the start, Lady GaGa learned piano by ear at the age of four and, by age 13, had started writing music. She composed a piano ballad and was performing by age 14. At 17, young GaGa gained early admission to the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and studied music. By 20, she was penning songs for Interscope artists like the Pussycat Dolls.
With 2008’s The Fame, Lady GaGa will finally strike out on her own. Her debut record is a fresh, exciting dance album with infinite hit potential.
The lead-off single, “Just Dance,” is a great indication of Lady GaGa’s unbelievable ability to generate an earworm (an outrageously contagious, “easily-stuck-in-your-head” pop track). Produced by Akon and RedOne, the song is a vivacious, bouncy dance-infused song with additional vocals from Akon and Colby O’Donis.
Other tracks follow related patterns, with Lady GaGa’s writing and performance blazing a trail through an album that includes tracks about checking out the boys (“Boys Boys Boys”) and getting paid (“Money Honey”).
The second single from The Fame, “Beautiful Dirty Rich,” is set for release soon. An industrial dance track, Lady GaGa cuts a Reznor-esque swath through the hard-edged drum-and-bass sketch and delivers a razor-sharp and edgy single ready for gobs of radio play.
It is Lady GaGa’s flexibility as a top-tier dance artist that is most remarkable about her debut. She plays with a triumphant reggae rhythm on “Nothing Else I Can Say” and “Poker Face” sounds like Aqua met The Knife in an alley somewhere for a techno face-off.
The Fame is as inspiring a dance debut as I’ve heard in a long while.
Lady GaGa hits the ground running and her song-craft is immaculate, creating infectious and addictive tracks laced with dance-pop righteousness and sweet melodies. While most people will have to be content with repeat spins of “Just Dance” for now, the long wait until the October release will definitely be worth it as another challenger enters the arena.
Video for “Just Dance” from The Fame: