Up till now, I've only been scarcely acquainted with Lady Gaga, the likes of LoveGame, Poker Face, and Bad Romance gradually filtered into my subconscious from their air time on the radio. I finally felt compelled to just dive in, so I picked up the deluxe edition of The Fame Monster album.
Verdict? It's pretty damned amazing.
Hard not to go along with the whole Madonna comparison, but to me, this blows away her 2000-era efforts. I've also read Gaga's style being likened to Queen, Ace of Base, and Shakira among others. It's certainly easy to hear traces of all of those, but they're wrapped in such a skillfully sleek coating of punchy club, pop and electronica that it manages to be so much greater than the sum of its parts. On top of which, she's got one hell of a great voice.
I'm still absorbing the entirety of the two-in-one album, but my favorites so far are the La Isla Bonita-inspired Alejandro, the deliciously ABBA-like melodic hooks that make up Telephone, and the calypso-europop sensibilities of Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say).
We've got a few Gaga fans here, don't we? Zane and Herrkotowski. Idolores too, I believe. You fellas have any favorite tracks?