Lady GaGa / The Remix

The Remix

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American recording artist. She began performing in the rock music scene of New York City’s Lower East Side in 2003 and enrolled at New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts. She soon signed with Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. During her early time at Interscope, she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists and captured the attention of Akon, who recognized her vocal abilities, and signed her to his own label, Kon Live Distribution.

Released on August 19, 2008, her debut album, The Fame, reached number one in the UK, Canada, Austria, Germany and Ireland, and reached the top-ten in numerous countries worldwide; in the United States, it peaked at two on the Billboard 200 chart and topped Billboard‘s Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Its first two singles, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face“, co-written and co-produced with RedOne, became international number-one hits, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States as well as the charts of other countries. The album later earned a total of six Grammy Award nominations and won awards for Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording. In early 2009 she embarked on her first headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour. By the fourth quarter of the year, she had released her second studio album The Fame Monster, with the global chart-topping lead single “Bad Romance“, as well as having embarked on her second headlining tour of the year, The Monster Ball Tour.

Lady Gaga is inspired by glam rock artists such as David Bowie and Queen, as well as pop singers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson. She has also stated fashion is a source of inspiration for her songwriting and performances. Gaga was ranked the 73rd Artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard.[1] As of August 2010, Gaga has sold more than 15 million albums and 51 million singles worldwide.[2][3] In May 2010, Time magazine included Gaga in its annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. In June 2010, Forbes listed Gaga fourth on its list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world; she is also ranked as the second most powerful musician in the world.

The Analysis:

Just Dance [Richard Vission Remix]—-This is a really nice deep House mix…the bass delivery is phenomenal and the synth swirls bring about a nice feeling of euphoria…even if you are completely sober. The added piano synth sounds take the song to an even deeper House feel….the vocal is pretty true to the original although there are some nice effects added and the synths build and build until you end up a sweaty mess….this is just as the Lady should be treated. This is a huge anthem that inspires you to…..Just Dance!!!

Poker Face [LLG vs. GIG Radio Remix]—-Beginning with the vocal right from the start, at the onset, this really differs very little from the original….there really is no need to try to make this thing even better is there? This really does not differ much…even as the song continues…there are some nice added synth sounds that just expand on the original and some nice vocal ministrations that makes use of the phrase Poker Face even more than the origianl…all in all, this is just a nice extended version of a pretty brilliant single!!!

 Lovegame [Chew Fu Ghettohouse Fix featuring Marilyn Manson]—-This is brilliant! Full of all kinds of vocal manipulations and instrumental ministrations, this song ends up with a remarkably HUGE sound. The vocal at the onset remains pretty true to the original…GaGa is like a chameleon…changing her vocal style from song to song. This is no exception…sounding at times more like Madonna than Madonna!!! This is brilliant, and huge…when manson enters the fray, the song is taken to new heights and given a whole new meaning…who played the Fame Game better than Manson? This is a brilliant partnership….it comes off as natural as Apple Pie and Ice Cream….wonderful…JEEZ!!!!

Eh Eh [Nothing else I Can Say][Frankmuzik Remix]—-Swirling again with that deep house feel, this is bass heavy and full of nice acceptable vocal manipulations that never takes to much from the origianl sound of the song. this is so full of poppy hooks that you think of Ace Of Base right from the onset. this is a bit to bubble gum for me, but I like this version…it is much beefier and House oriented.

Paparazzi [Stuart Price Mix]—-This has a very typical Price sound to it…if you are familiar with his remixes…the sound is that slight shuffling sound that he is fond of…it fits this song rather well. The vocal is pure and fairly original…it is the music that is very beefed up. I love this…perhaps this is my favorite re-worked version on this release..although this is also one of my favorite GaGa releases. This is nice…you can dance to this…you can sit and nod to this…you can just enjoy this. Very Nice!!!

The Fame [Glam As You Remix]—-This is nice…not really one of my favorite songs by the Lady, this comes across as a 90’s track that filled the dance floors when Dance was THE craze. This is too generic to appeal to me…this is Madonna circa 1986…truly!!! I like the beefed up synth lines and the heavy bass, but you can’t change the simplicity of a song with added instrumentation. This is GaGa’s ‘Material World”.

Bad Romance [Starsmith Remix]—-This is pretty brilliant…right from the onset. I love the origianl version of this song and this version only takes that and makes it even larger and more powerful. although the remix keeps most of synth lines intact, the added bass and slight tweaks to the synths add so much to this track. when GaGa delivers her ‘clean vocal’, the song even becomes better…there is a slight millisecond hesitation in the vocal that makes this a pure ecstasy driven track that will have you dancing your ass off. This is BETTER than the origianl…..loving this!!!

Telephone featuring Beyoncé [Passion Pit Remix]—-Another of those misc. GaGa tracks that really never resonated with me, this again delivers that classic 90’s deep House sound that was everywhere on the dance floors at the time. There is some nice vocal manipulations included…keeping the song interesting and allows you to escape from the boredom of the origianl. This is nice, but i never really found myself to attached to this track. It is interesting to hear what Passion Pit can do in the studio though.

Alejandro [Sound Of Arrows Remix]—-This is a nice original remix that allows the song to escape the constant ABBA comparisons. GaGa delivers her opening lines pretty much true to form, but the music that plays in the backdrop gives it a new and different sound. This is fantastic…it has huge pick-ups that inspire a pure ecstatic feel that you can easily lose control to on the dance floor. this is natural…easy and flows like a classic Disco track from my hey-day…who the hell could ask for more…this is fantastic!!!

Dance In The Dark [Monarchy ‘Stylites’ Remix]—-Beginning the song with a chant of ‘Silicone’—-‘Saline’—-GaGa delivers a track that is monumental. She delivers a vocal in a nice normal tone that is built with huge PSB style synth running through the backdrop. there is an obvious hum that is included in the song that allows for a bit of melancholy despite the hype…this is genius. I love this track…somehowe missing this the first time around…this is a modern-day Glam anthem that screams for girls to ignore all of the negative comments from boys…love your life and be who you are!!! Fantastic!

****3/4 out of 5


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