Adam Lambert gave us an early holiday gift a few days ago, with the release of Better Than I Know Myself, his first single from his upcoming second album, Trespassing. (I almost put sophomore, but I’ve grown so tired of seeing that term – LOL!) I posted the song immediately and the comments here, as well as other sites have surprised me.
There definitely seems to be two distinct camps of Adam Lambert fans: those who are happy with whatever Adam may be singing, and those who are not as happy when there’s song production. Unless you go to an “unplugged” version like Adam Acoustic!, I don’t think that’s possible on a major release. And IMO, I don’t think that’s Adam’s desire right now. We heard him say over and over, that he wasn’t releasing it until it was exactly what he wanted.
Perhaps it’s also the type of song. I guess some want Rocker Adam, the super-hot glam guy we saw on pre-Idol videos (“Crawl Through Fire” at The Zodiac comes to mind!) and the more daring Idol performances. Maybe I’m not so surprised by the calling out of the style. We’ve known about these two fan bases since the For Your Entertainment CD was released and the comments came pouring in. What does surprise me is that since we’ve waited so long for new music, some listeners were so quick voicing their disappointment.
All that debate aside, here’s a review that is an honest, fresh breath of air to read. Thank you to arjanwrites.com for the following.
~ Carol ~
Adam Lambert is easily one of the most noteworthy and talented new artists American Idol has uncovered in a very, very long time. With a unique style of his own and killer vocals, Lambert is a born entertainer who is not afraid to take a risk to express his genuine artistry.
After finishing up his game-changing stint on American Idol, things turned unexpectedly rocky for Lambert. I vividly remember his much-criticized American Music Awards performance back in 2009 when (in the heat of moment) he kissed one of his male band members that led to an outrage among some viewers.
I applauded Lambert for that moment. He may not have realized it at the time, but he stood up for tolerance and pushed a boundary that desperately needed to be pushed. In fact, I believe Lambert changed things for the better by challenging ignorance and he paved the way for other (male) artists to express themselves freely from that point forward.
The positive, long-term impact aside, the AMA incident put a dark cloud over the release of his “For Your Entertainment” LP. Instead of talking about his music (and stellar collaborations with people like Sam Sparro and Lady Gaga), Lambert ended up defending his actions in every single interview that was set up to talk about his debut record.
With the heartfelt and beautifully-performed “Whataya Want from Me,” “For Your Entertainment” did end up delivering one massive radio hit that put Lambert in pole position for continued success. Part of Lambert’s ongoing success has also been the unconditional loyalty of his fans. When I met Lambert backstage at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards last January, he spoke specifically about the love of his fans and how he enjoys being on Twitter to interact with them and get their feedback.
Almost two years after the release of “For Your Entertainment,” Lambert returns with the brand-new “Better Than I Know Myself” that gives listeners a taste of his new album, entitled “Trespassing.” It’s a record that Lambert calls “transformational” and its stories are very much based on his personal experience over the last two years.
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And here’s another great review from MTV Buzzworthy.
There’s a collection of reviews here, on Idolator.com.