Max Abadian
August 04, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Remix

Current Status
In Season
Lady Gaga
We gave it a B-

Lady Gaga set her league of little monsters atwitter last month when she let slip that she’s already completed work on the full-length follow-up to her smash debut, The Fame. That disc won’t be out until next year, though, so we have yet another stopgap from the woman who’s done as much as anyone lately to keep the music industry afloat. The Remix collects 10 club-ready interpretations of tracks from The Fame and its expanded reissue, The Fame Monster; it’s a cash grab, but one that handily reminds you how much Gaga has done to push American pop back toward the dance floor.

The best cuts — such as Starsmith’s retro-’80s take on ”Bad Romance” and a haunting version of ”Paparazzi” by Madonna collaborator Stuart Price — emphasize the contradiction at the core of Gaga’s hits, in which jubilant Eurodisco grooves can’t quite conceal a touch of stage-kid melancholy. Elsewhere you get brainless beat worship (Richard Vission’s six-minute ”Just Dance”) and iffy indie-electro experimentation (Passion Pit’s ”Telephone”). But hey, all those baby beasts need feeding, right? B?

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