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Born This Way
Born This Way
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ain't it a shame?, 17 Jun 2011
This review is from: Born This Way (Audio CD)
Oh, dear.
I really liked "The Fame" and GaGa's image was great and refreshing back in '08/'09. Then when "The Fame Monster" surfaced, I was hooked. Her songs on that release were original and captivating In addition, having witnessed what an accomplished musician she is with her accoustic performances and the fact that she "dared" to sing live endeared me to a performer and an artist who had the nuance of artistic visuals that fully complimented her musical prowess. I was eagerly awaiting the follow-up to her first two offerings but then she sends the house (or should that be "Haus") of cards tumbling down with...this?!?

The songs are repetitive and unimaginative, and the fact that it has taken so long for this album to be released (especially with all the un-deserving hype surrounding it) must be the product of three things:

a) that she just rush-recorded it because she was too busy choosing her next "wacky" ensemble
b) that her record company was pressuring her to come up with a new set or
c) had just run out of ideas.

It all seems so very much "style over substance" and now even the "style" has gone.

When GaGa first appeared, her music wasn't exactly fresh, but it was a take on something old made new. Even though it was a little recyled (then again, what isn' these days?) it struck a chord.

This album just sounds like a very cheap photocopy of the first album.

Not that it is totally horrendous; it certainly isn't the worst record ever: it just irks that it is being hyped as the best thing since...well, anything...ever..! A victim of over-hype. When an artist gets this big, breaths are held for the next project, but instead of an exhale of delight we simply have a sigh of disappointment.

Sophomore album syndrome is a renowned phenomenon in "the biz" and sadly, it seems as though Lady GaGa has sucumbed to this with "Born This Way".

The saddest thing, is that, her image now is not "quirky", "odd", "offbeat", "unique" or "chic" or even "weird". It has become boring and predictable instead. "Oh here she comes again, dressed as an octopus with mile high hair and a hedgehog on her face in four foot stilletos and fingernails made out of live lobsters with cabbage patch dolls hanging off her earlobes." YAWN!

The best song on the album,"You and I", which is completely different to the rest of the record, highlights her vocals and musicianship perfectly which makes it so sad that the rest of the disc is all "La La Ga Ga...Whoop Whoop Eee! Everybody! Look at Me! Random Stuff, Random Stuff, Tell me when you've had enough!"

I am a Lady GaGa fan, but not a Little Monster (which is as patronising a term as the message in the insipid title track and the utterly odious "Hair"...I'm as free as my hair...really?!?!) I really didn't want to dislike this album and although I admire GaGa as a talent, this just won't do, and certainly does not deserve the hype it has received. Must try harder...
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I Came Here To Blow Minds
I Came Here To Blow Minds
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily Wendy's best output to date, 19 May 2011
Having been a fan of Wendy's work with Transvision Vamp as well as her solo album "Now Ain't The Time For Your Tears", and, perhaps to a lesser extent, her work with/as Racine, I was eagerly awaiting what many have touted as Ms. James first "proper" album, "I Came Here To Blow Minds". I was not to be disappointed. This album marks the best output to come from Wendy. The music veers from electro-accoustic, to accoustic-electro, spliced with meaningul, heartfelt lyrics on tracks such as the sublime "These Beggar Memories" and the wonderful "Don't Shoot - I Ain't Dillinger", among the rollicking barn burners including the amazing "Speedball", "No Dice" and the fantastically titled "New Wave Flowered Up Main Street Acid Baby". Wendy's voice is on better form than ever, sliding from punk, to soul-searching, post-modern whimsical balladry and just damned good playful rock-pop (as evidenced on the quirky "You're a f***ing Mess, But You Sure Is Pretty" and the hook-laden "King Hoodlum"). The production is slick, smooth, but not overly-so as to make it sound too "corporate"; it's as if, on this record, James has merged the two Racine albums (the stark, minimalism of "Number One" and the gritty, garage sound of "Racine 2")with the simple, raw deliciousness of the b-sides from the "Now Ain't..." singles (for those of you lucky enough to have heard them), augmented with sweeping strings and punctuated with stabbing guitar riffs and electro snaps. The result? A perfect LP for 2011 audiences, both long time Wendy fans and new audiences. The opening track, "The Moon Dead in the River" alone is certainly enough to keep people wanting to hear more. This album proves that Wendy James is no mere footnote in pop's history and hopefully will continue to blow minds with masterpieces such as this for some time to come. Well recommended.

(I'm sure I'll be subjected to a barage of moronic, monosyllabic insults from our good friend Dbaby, e.g. one "liners" spread out over four million pages which mean precisely nothing, serving only as a purpose to highlight his bitterness since Wendy sacked him, but in the words of a certain song..."Baby, I don't care...")
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Party Monster: The Shockumentary [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Party Monster: The Shockumentary [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Documentary, NOT the film, 2 Feb 2004
I haven't seen this DVD yet, but just had to correct the below review. This is not, and never has been, advertised as the recent film adaptation of James St. James excellent book 'Disco Bloodbath', it is in fact the documentary on which the film is also based. Just had to clear that up.

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