Lady Gaga, "The Fame Monster"

85 Billboard Rating

As if Lady Gaga's debut album, "The Fame," wasn't loaded with enough hits-four No. 1s on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart, to be exact-the set's companion EP boasts eight new tracks, nearly all of which are worthy of heavy rotation. Following the Marilyn Manson-esque bravado of "Bad Romance" is "Alejandro," where Gaga channels Ace of Base's "Don't Turn Around," and she improves on her first crack at a light Caribbean stomper from "The Fame," "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)." Meanwhile, "Telephone"-one of two recently charting duets by Gaga and Beyoncé-trumps its predecessor, "Videophone," in the feistiness department. The vampish, Teddy-Riley produced "Teeth" offers seduction rife with carnal imagery ("Take a bite of my bad girl meat"), while Gaga sings of her "popped heart seams" on the piano power ballad "Speechless." And on the '80s-adoring "Monster," the artist talks about the "muh-muh-muh monster" who "ate my heart." Who else but Gaga could make crushes sound this, well, crushing?-Monica Herrera

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