The Fame Monster

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Sex, substances dominate eight new tunes on reissued CD.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 79 reviews

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Positive Messages

It's understandable that Lady Gaga would want to explore the flood of new emotions that young adults often feel, but her exploration takes her into risky territory -- like sexual experimentation with strangers and acts of violence by romantic partners -- that could result in serious harm. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

With lots of talk about sex, drinking, partying, and even violence, Lady Gaga is clearly not aspiring for the job of role model.


Certain lyrics contain shades of violence: "I'm gonna love you with my hands tied … Take a bite out of me boy" and "I like it rough."  


A steady stream of sexual references, including "We've might've f--ked, not really sure," "I want to take a ride on your disco stick," and "I touch myself, can't get enough."


Some f- and s-words, along with "bitch."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Plenty of references to drinking (Johnnie Walker, red wine, champagne) and cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that THE FAME MONSTER offers eight new tracks that once again find Lady Gaga experimenting with hazardous and occasionally violent sexual behavior, drinking, and partying.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMusic/Movies July 22, 2013

Sex: 10/10 ~ Violence: 0/10 ~ Language 8/10 ~ Drinking: 3/10

Many of the songs on this CD are either dirty of iffy. Even some of the positive message songs have drinking references or sex in them. The only really clean so... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bybobsax November 17, 2011

Manners matter

Gaga is a somewhat talented musician but her behavior is often that of a spoiled child.
She is most definitely NOT a good role model.
A better role model and s... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 25, 2020

Self-love anthems

This album shows a confident person who truly loves herself. Definitely check it out!
Teen, 13 years old Written byMonksy204 January 4, 2013

Not as Bad

This album is not as bad as they say it is. This album is actually very appropriate if you get the clean version. This album really rocks and its a spin off of... Continue reading

What's the story?

Extending the enormous success of her debut album, The Fame, audacious dance diva Lady Gaga has released THE FAME MONSTER -- an expanded version of the original with eight new tracks, including a duet with Beyonce ("Telephone"). About the new songs, Gaga has commented: "This is how I feel. I feel divided. I feel a dichotomy within myself." Judging by her earlier tunes, these feelings are nothing new to GaGa, who frequently sings about being pulled in different directions. While the artist's head-on exploration of her complex emotions is admirable, her journey is too mature for younger kids; there's a lot of fairly graphic discussions about sex, partying, drinking, and violent behavior in romantic relationships. The edited version of the album bleeps out the occasional swear word that crops up throughout the record, but the references to sex, drinking, and violence still remain.

Is it any good?

Lady Gaga has always been heavily influenced by '90s music, and the eight new tracks on The Fame Monster hold true to this tradition. The Spanish-inspired "Alejandro" smacks of Madonna's "La Isla Bonita;" the heavy synth-beat in "Monster" is reminiscent of classic Ace of Base; and "Dancing in the Dark" conjures the haunting sound of Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me" collaboration with Michael Jackson. The real stand-out track, however, is the epic ballad "Speechless," which showcases Gaga's true talent for singing and piano playing -- not just spectacle.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the behavior Lady Gaga sings about. Why do some young adults engage in risky behaviors like lots of drinking and sex with unknown partners?

  • How can confused adolescents cope with emotional pain?

  • What is Lady Gaga's allure? Is it her music, her style, or both?

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