Lady Gaga's Fame Monster Eccentric, Fun
The reissue includes, among other things, a lock of her hair
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2009 12:53 PM CST
The cover of Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster."   (Amazon.com)
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(Newser) – Lady Gaga isn’t your typical pop star, and The Fame Monster isn’t your typical reissue. Critics agree that the deluxe version of 2008's The Fame may not be highly original, but it is a lot of fun:

  • “She’s bringing eccentric couture to the masses and is certainly fun to have around—The Fame Monster is also available as a collector’s edition containing, among many other essentials, a lock of her hair and a paper doll collection,” writes Paul Lester for the BBC. “Now that’s Gaga.”

  • “In her music videos and live shows over the past year, Gaga has worked hard to demonstrate her creative ambition and stylistic range, and that project continues on The Fame Monster, which includes the turbocharged Euro-soul of lead single ‘Bad Romance,’ the bubbly, ABBA-style pop of ‘Alejandro’ and ‘Speechless,’ and a sweeping glam-rock number seemingly modeled after David Bowie's ‘Ziggy Stardust’ phase,” writes Mikael Wood in the Los Angeles Times.
  • “Half the disc is Madonna knock-offs, but that's part of the concept—fame monsters needn't concern themselves with originality,” writes Jon Dolan in Rolling Stone.