Streamline Records (2009, Nov.)Category: Dance Pop
Producers: RedOne, Ron Fair, Fernando Garibay, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Teddy Riley
Co-Produced by Lady Gaga
Recording & Tracking Engineers: RedOne, Dave Russell, Eelco Bakker, Space Cowboy, Tal Herzberg, Frank Wolff, Jonas Wetling, Dan Parry Christian Delano, Hisachi Misoguchi, Johnny Severin.
Mixing Engineers: Mark "Spike" Stent, Robert Orton at Sarm Studios, London, England, Jack Joseph Puig, Rodney Jerkins at Chalice Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Dave Russell & Teddy Riley at Masons Sounds, North Hollywood, CA.
Mastered at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, Ca.
Photography by: Hedi Slimane
All tracks written by RedOne, Lady Gaga, Space Cowboy, Fernando Garibay, R. Jerkins, Lashawn Daniels, Lazonate Franklin, Beyonze, Taja Riley.
The CD is housed in a standard jewel box containing a twelve page booklet featuring five shots of the protagonist printed mostly in two tone with black or grey as the predominant theme. All song lyrics and individual credits are listed so tiny to either give you eye strain or pass them entirely. The packaging is thus a bit lacking and does not help what is becoming more and more a dwindling market. Having not examined the LP, I cannot comment if the artwork is equal or more extravagant but I suspect the sheer size of the same content would go a long way in improving the situation.
Unless you've been living on another planet for the past three years you need no introduction to the monster protagonist of fame but for those few who have, just imagine if Madonna and Marilyn Manson had hit it off together in the mid eighties and you'll get a pretty good idea what to expect music wise and image wise from the gag lady of shock & awe.
Take two parts Madonna and add one part Marilyn. Add a dash of Vocoder to the mix. Shake & stir and voila, a new Star stirs the pot.
And because Mr Manson was by all accounts an updated version of the original Shock Rock Jock of Detroit Glitter–Vincent Furnier aka Alice Cooper...
...- we are in reality in an incestuous recycling of past genres and envelope pushing, namely to shock!
Unfortunately the envelope in question being pushed is not one of musical creativity but rather one of MAXIMUM LOUDNESS. In effect this is pretty much one of the loudest CD's to greet my NEC transport and as you know this is becoming the 'new normal' since a few years. No doubt when One (no pun intended Red) aspires to become the heir to the throne to 'Queen of Mainstream Dance' One must push the limits of physics; in this instance we're talking heavy compression ratio followed by hard limiting. But I'm getting ahead of myself.