Moving on... And guess what? It's another "The Fame" sessions track. They keep singing West Coast weather is better... ...but it don't matter cause I love you and I'll never let go! 23. New York Average score: 7.219 Highest scores: 10 x 1 (@HEARTCORE), 9.5 x 2 (@Ana Raquel, @Maki) Lowest score: 3 x 1 (@sesita) My score: 9.5 High peak: #17 (6 voters, 7 voters) Low peak: #26 (17 voters) "The Fame" sessions really suffered. Five eliminations in a row. From seven songs in the top 20 down to only two of them. Poor it. I guess that it's fair to say that "The Fame" sessions cull is finally over. Even though it got a fair amount of high and mid scores and dipped below top 20, "New York" ended up being in the top 3 of this section, along with "Fashion" and "Fooled Me Again", which is quite a feat. Now, for how long will these two last? Hm... "New York" was written in 2007 by Lady Gaga and Rob Fusari, for her debut album. Important to note is that it is one of the last songs she made with Rob, and I think it is quite obvious when you listen to it. We know "Paparazzi", and this one kind of has some. It definitely is a representation of the more developed sound and is something more akin to "The Fame". Another interesting thing about it is that it was allegedly supposed to be a single from the re-release of "The Fame". There is actually a thread on this very forum with that song in question, but obviously it didn't lead up to anything. I assume the title of the song was known, and the fans most likely made up the rumor, which quickly concluded with Gaga confirming "The Fame Monster" during the same month. Finally, the song surfaced online in December 2017. I love "New York" and find it very interesting, despite seemingly being a typical Gaga track at the time. This homage to her hometown is a missed opportunity that wasn't released on "The Fame". The way the electronic (or, as one of the voters more accurately said, electroclash) beat kicks in, you really are in for a treat. The synths altering with beats, clicks and swirls may seem a bit chaotic, but it all comes together in an amazing way. For that reason, it's really cool to listen to it on headphones. Those verses are so well done and I adore the melody, while the autotuned pre-chorus kind of feels out of place and I yet have to get used to it. But when the chorus comes in, it justifies why the song is excellent - such a catchy and stellar Gaga-esque melody. Gaga gives that robotic delivery, which was pretty much signature for this era, but doesn't hold back during the second half of the middle-8, and serves some vocals with those ad-libs. And the lyrics are actually great and flow so well with the melody - I love how she remains her edge from a lyrical point of view, but doesn't have any straight up 'WTF' moments, which was the case with most of the Pre-Fame songs. Also, "smoke, smoke, baby, like a motorbike", "take your trash to my junkyard site" and "been in your skies, I will fly my kite" is a low-key iconic pairing of lines. The only thing that prevented me from giving it a 10, apart from the pre-chorus, is the repetitiveness of the middle-8 and post-choruses. Anyways, this remains a genius song that should've been included on "The Fame" and reached top 20 in this rate. Let's get the haters out of the way first. @Sprockrooster (4) complains and says: "The autotune is really horrible here." There is not too much autotune on "New York" and now I assume you hate "Starstruck", which uses a ton of it. @DinahLee (4) is also having some questionable opinions: "This is straight up bad tbh and the rumors that “The Fame re-release with a song called New York” were a crime." This would've been a great re-release song, so I don't know what you're talking about. Hoping you change your mind on this one. Some of you weren't really sure about it. For example, @Pat (6.5), who says: "Another one that starts really interesting, but then kinda lets down. Overall it’s quite enjoyable though." It's definitely enjoyable throughout. @Music Is Life (7) thinks that "It’s a little annoying." Looking at that score, I think he hates it, but we'll leave it there. @DominoDancing (8) "This is pretty cool. Really like some of the vocal manipulation, which slightly remind me of Kylie's Speakerbox." Um, "Speakerbox"? idontknowher.gif (jokes aside, I do get what you're talking about, now having participated in the Kylie rate) I definitely agree with @Laurence (8) who says: "This is almost the top tier of these tracks here, clearly a stand out. I like it." Nice to see that you consider it a standout, too. @M24 (8.75) also recognized the potential in this song, saying: "Great chorus, even if the verses kind of bore me (otherwise I'd give it a 9)." Someone who did give it a 9 is @berserkboi, and he is with me on this one: "I think this would be worthy of The Fame, I’ll take it!!" and @Seventeen Days (9.25) joins the taste club: "YAS electroclash Gaga. This one was an instant like." If only there were more voters with this viewpoint. I couldn't find any trace of the song online, and even tried uploading it myself, without success. But here's a dodgy link just because it's a pity that a song this good vanished from the internet. Next up: We lose a song from the 'neighboring' section of "The Fame" (i.e. either from Pre-Fame or Monster sessions).