Lady Gaga, "The Fame Monster"

Album Review
4.5
<p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <mce:style><! /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} --> <!--[endif]--></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As if <a href="/artist/lady-gaga/1003999">Lady Gaga</a>'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 <a href="/artist/marilyn-manson/36874">Marilyn Manson</a>-esque bravado of "Bad Romance" is "Alejandro," where Gaga channels <a href="/artist/ace-of-base/35345">Ace of Base</a>'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 <a href="/artist/beyonce/317670">Beyonc&#233;</a>-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</p>