The Bottom Line
"Lovegame" is distinctly Lady GaGa and RedOne gives it a strong beat. That should be enough to get it into the pop charts and on pop radio, but this is not the insanely catchy power of "Poker Face." The "disco stick" gimmick is cute, but it wears thin quickly and leaves us with a slight dance track. "Lovegame" won't end Lady GaGa's chart success, but it will slow her momentum. If possible, the released "Robot to Mars Remix" version is preferred to the original.
- Good beat and you can dance to it
- Simple singalong chorus
- Catch the Robot to Mars remix if possible
- Too cute this time around
- Vocals sound like auto-pilot
- Written by Lady GaGa and RedOne
- Produced by RedOne
- Released March 2009 by Interscope
Guide Review - Lady GaGa - "Lovegame"
That robotic voice repeats, "Let's have some fun. This beat is sick. I wanna take a ride on your disco stick." It's cute and funny the first time through, and it's even hot if you happen to find yourself gyrating in a dance club. However, after a bit the hook for "Lovegame" feels a little cheap and easy. This is Lady GaGa on auto-pilot.
Lady GaGa repeats as her mantra, "Pop music will never be low brow." However, it is important to keep in mind that pop music should never be boring either. It is also a good reminder that what's great to dance to and even hypnotic in the club may not be nearly as much fun on the radio or through headphones. "Lovegame" does use a similar approach to both "Just Dance" and "Poker Face." There is the beat, a catchy hook line and then the mood changing breakdown. The only problem here is none of them are nearly as exciting this time around. However, the lounge style of the "Robot to Mars Remix" will provide additional interest placing Lady GaGa into a more atmospheric musical context.
Lady GaGa has made her impact, and two #1 hits from a debut album is plenty to put one on the path to stardom. However, it is inevitable that "Lovegame" will probably slow the momentum a bit. I would expect radio station phone calls requesting the two previous hits when "Lovegame" hits the airwaves.