Adam Lambert: For Your Entertainment

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Posted September 16, 2010 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0

adamlambert00On debut, the glam runner-up from Idol delivers one of the franchise’s best offerings

Like Hollywood on a small vaudeville stage, Adam Lambert was too big for American Idol. With his sexuality making unprecedented gains in the headlines and his highly theatric, but mind-blowing vocal performances gaining traction across the Web, the AI finalist had a lot to prove to the music world. Even with the advent of pop glam icons like Lady Gaga and their domination in pop music, Lambert still had to prove if he had what it took to make an interesting, memorable album. His debut, For Your Entertainment, is more than just entertainment. It’s possibly the best record to thrust out of the AI closet. Sure the language of gender will be in question, but Lambert’s believable vocals and impressive set of songs are the album’s sole advantages. The
P!nk-penned “Whataya Want From Me,” with its gorgeous melody, fits perfectly on Lambert. “Music Again,” possibly the album’s strongest triumph, kicks out a ‘80s rock layout, perky rhythms and a mean guitar solo. When he sweetly runs from his natural to a startling falsetto without any struggle (“Put your little hand in mine and look into my eyes, baby eyes”), it proves Lambert is more than just a candidate for FOX’s Glee. The dance synth glares of the title track, “Strut” and “If I Had You” are also compatible with Lambert’s flashy, glamtastic ego. While short on ballads, Entertainment does offer at the last minute the safely executed, but rock-peppered “Time for Miracles.” Even with the lack of slow burners on board or even a smear of a ballad burning like the calm, timeless remake of “Mad World” on Idol, Entertainment stands as one of the better pop offerings to come off of the AI assembly line. Listen a little closer and you probably wouldn’t dare think Idol could birth such a near picture-perfect effort. All of this, including the recognizable list of producers and songwriters, for a runner-up.

J MATTHEW COBB

HIFI DETAILS

  • Release Date: 23 Nov 2009
  • Label: RCA/19 Recordings
  • Producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, P!nk, Lady Gaga, Linda Perry, Ryan Tedder, Matthew Bellamy, Justin Hawkins, Rivers Cuomo
  • Track Favs: Music Again, Whataya Want From Me, If I Had You, Strut

About the Author

J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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