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Lady Gaga: ‘Pop music will never be lowbrow’

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  • Updated: 20 Mar, 2011

{mosimage}The above pretty much sums up Lady Gaga. She’s stylish, eccentric and musically gifted. But if you read WAPS regularly you will already know this: we simply can’t stop talking about her.

‘The Fame’, hopes to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. We’re divided over whether she’ll infiltrate the mainstream, or fall into arty obscurity. Whether staggered release dates will further or hinder her cause remains to be seen.

Earlier this week an album sampler surfaced, featuring songs that Kylie, Scissor Sisters and Gwen Stefani would have killed to feature on their last releases.
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Here’s a quick rundown:

Just Dance (feat. Colby O’ Donis)
Just dance… The should-be summer anthem of 2008 – if only they would have released it in the UK (see previous review).

Love Games

Heavy synths, perfect for clubs. ‘Let’s have some fun, this beat is sick, I want to take a ride on your disco stick’. A winner!

Lady Gaga channels Gwen Stefani at her melancholy best on ‘Paparazzi’s stunning chorus. In a just world, this has ‘enormo-hit’ written all over it.

Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
This song showed up on her MySpace profile early on. It reveals a more funky / ballsy side to Gaga – Pink would approve. It’s not as instantaneous as her other work, but it’s growing on us.  Genius piano stabs.

Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
A nice mid-tempo electro ballad bringing a more vulnerable side to light. Simple and cutesy lyrics.

Poker Face
And forget the vulnerability, this is a club banger. Great hook; read my po-po-po-poker face…

The Fame
‘We’ve got a taste for champagne and endless fortunes, we live for the fame’ – that’s the way WAPS likes it. We’ve had enough of celebrities complaining about the drag of being famous. Enjoy it while it lasts. Not the strongest track, but a conceptual triumph.

Money Honey
A sassy, pure-pop track. Reminds us of Just Dance.  (A good thing).

Again Again
A BIG 70s-style ballad. The Scissor Sisters ‘Ta dah’ should have been full of this kind of brilliance.

Boys Boys Boys

Never one to sit down, after the ballad there will be dance. This one’s dedicated to boys. Can’t go wrong there.  Ace ace ace, we say.

Brown Eyes
Another ballad, but this one is more 70s Adult Orientated Rock (AOR), which brings back memories of Elton John, Carpenters, Fleetwood Mac…we could go on. It’s v, v good.

Summer Boy
Oh, happy summer pop, with a hint of disco. Think Alphabeat meets Christina Aguilera.

It’s hard to judge an album on 30-second snippets (but we have done anyway). RedOne’s production might get ‘samey’ on the uptempo tracks, but this preview demonstrates enough variety to please a lot of pop fans.

‘The Fame’ is shaping up to be a strong and unique debut, and the world needs to sit up and listen. Records this fun and passionate don’t come along all that often.

All hail Queen GaGa.