“For Your Entertainment” is a Must Listen Debut Album

We already knew that!  However, it is so nice to read when others recognize this as well.  Read the glowing review by Life & Style Editor, Elena Gorgan.  Even the “imperfections” she mentions about the album are what make it unique and that much better.  Dana, Glamb #6

Adam Lambert ‘For Your Entertainment’ Album Review
Well accomplished, versatile and intoxicating glam rock debut

It’s extremely hard and close to unfathomable to speak of a music album as of an “instant classic” when it’s not even out in stores, yet this is precisely what’s happening with Adam Lambert’s debut material “For Your Entertainment.” Due out on November 23, Lambert’s first studio album is a wonderful collection of intoxicating tracks oscillating from insane electropop / disco / rock to powerful, emotion-laden ballads hailing the arrival of the next glam rock idol.

Very high hopes were pinned on Lambert and this was even before he finished off last season of American Idol – and surprisingly came out in second place – which also means that a lot of pressure was put on him to deliver a debut album that would break the mold. In this respect, he more than delivers, with this piece that is mainstream pop yet not, by being so uniquely overboard and beautifully eccentric. Critics agree Lambert has literally taken a page out of music history with “FYE,” a very versatile album that swerves from one sound to another with ease from track to track, taking the listener into that glitzy world where Glambert, the unleashed diva, reigns supreme.

For starters, suffice to say that all comparisons between Adam Lambert and Freddie Mercury are not without merit, since only he could mix such apparently campy sound with true quality without losing anything of either. Lambert is not afraid to go from one extreme to another, as neither is he shy to showcase his effortless falsetto voice and how wonderfully it goes with undulations marked by heavy guitar riffs or, on the contrary, heavily synthesized and overproduced beats. Another thing that Adam is extremely comfortable with on “FYE” is emotion in its purest and most touching form (“Soaked,” “Broken Open”) or its remarkable absence, where the void is filled by fun and nothing more (“Music Again,” “For Your Entertainment” and “Sure Fire Winners”).

Architecturally very complex and multi-layered, “FYE” opens strongly with “Music Again,” a radio and club anthem if we ever saw one, with distinct Queen and Mika accents here and there. “For Your Entertainment” follows promptly on the same note, only to have Adam settle down a bit in “Whataya Want from Me.” The pace picks up again with the extremely campy “Strut,” but the rhythm breaks again with the heart-wrenching “Soaked,” a ballad where Lambert’s voice soars and falls down to a whisper as if in a beat of the heart.

“FYE” continues on the same tone with ballads interspersed among very up-tempo tracks, marking breathers for listeners who would otherwise run the risk of ending up with a serious case of head rush. That much diversity and distinct sounds, like an explosion, as well as different topics can, at times, work against the album in that it becomes intoxicating, as some critics also point out. This doesn’t happen necessarily because Lambert is trying too hard to prove himself, but rather because of the many producers whom he co-opted to work with and who have each come with their distinctive elements.

The result can be compared to breathing in a very strong fragrance, like when standing for far too long in a room filled with vases with imperial lilies. One inevitably gets a dizzy spell – which is perhaps why Adam has chosen as closer the moving “Broken Open” and, as a bonus, the “2012” track “Time for Miracles,” yet another superbly crafted ballad. The final paradox is that, once the dizzy spell is gone, one inevitably wants to relive the album experience over and over again. If this is what one could describe a classic by, together with the richness of sounds, styles and the unmistakable display of utmost talent, then “For Your Entertainment” is a classic by all means.

The Good

Given the hype that Adam Lambert has been getting ever since before the American Idol finale, it’s wonderful to see that “For Your Entertainment,” his debut album, more than delivers. Comfortable with anything eccentric to borderline insane, this “true American Idol,” as some critics dare call him, proves that pop and mainstream music doesn’t necessarily have to mean overproduced, unnecessary and mediocre – and definitely not when Lambert’s fearlessness and talent come into play.

The Bad

Critics lament that Adam Lambert was not allowed to showcase his amazing personality and style on “For Your Entertainment” because of the many collaborators he had to work with for it. This, in turn, leads to a certain sense of being overwhelmed halfway through the album, with the possibility of the listener finding it too much, the explosion of energy and sound too strong to handle. Still, it’s these “imperfections” that make “FYE” that much better and “real,” critics agree.

The Truth

In very few words, Adam Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” is a must listen, even for those who do not find glam rock / electropop to their liking, just to be able, 10 or so years from now on, to say “I witnessed that historical moment in music when mainstream became something else.” Complex in sound and even more so in structure, Adam Lambert’s impressive vocals are the threads that hold “FYE” together in one astonishing piece. 

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  1. So excited…….. that’s my (our) boy!!!! Can’t wait to hear him on the radio too. Glamb#176

  2. FABULOUS REVIEW!! So happy to see this for Adam! We all have known this for a LONG time – Adam is absolutely BURSTING onto the main stage now! After tonight’s AMA show, everybody will know what we have all known – ADAM LAMBERT is an entertainer par none! Can’t wait to see the show! As for the bad, I for one LOVE the idea of being “overwhelmed” by Adam and “the explosion of energy and sound too strong to handle.” And this is bad because…??? Sounds AMAZING!! Bring it on!!!!!!

    Hugs to all my sister and brother Glambs on this wonderful day and evening!

    Glamb #20

    • GLAMB#474kimber says:

      back at ya GLAMBsista!

    • Dianne Hill says:

      Hugs to you too Jane, isn’t this so exciting. I have just been and bought my copy of Adam’s album but to my horror the shop had pictures of Susan Boyle all over the place. I told them off and told them to get Adam up there, we need something gorgeous to look at when we come in to the shop (sorry Susan, its just that I LOVE ADAM).

      Right have to get back to the live stream page, can’t miss any of the AMAs.

      • Dianne….sincerely happy for you that you have Adams CD. As you know, we have to wait until sometime after Xmas. I listen to Adam’s album through computer (thank you lisa).

        Yes! same here…Susan Boyle everywhere. Definitely not my ‘thing’ Just want ADAM !!!

        Love, Yvonne (Australia)

  3. GLAMB#474kimber says:

    oh hell, can we actually say that Adam is for sure changing music history? I’m all for it! Adam is truly an American idol!

  4. I got my pre-order CD prior to the release date tomorrow. I have been listening and dancing over and over again. I coudn’t agree more by E. Gorgan. It’s an absoulte Perfection from the imperfection. Adam brought life to music again, it’s just so real that purity connects to human soul.

    Yes, a MUST listen album because it has music for every human soul, no matter what your genre preference. Adam is diverse, his artistry comes from his heart and that what it makes the connection for every human race. I am so Proud of him. His the real entertainer not only brought by his artistry but his purity and honesty.

    Congratulations Adam. You deserve every happiness in the world. Keep rocking! 😉

  5. P.S. Thank You Elena Gorgan for your review. It’s sure what Adam is all about. 😉

  6. we can all enjoy the show tonight….. is your vcr set?

  7. Helen/Canada says:

    OMG, OMG, I am clapping my hands and crying at the same time for Adam. What a great review, and he deserves it. He promised us a good album and he delivered a great, amazing, incredible work of art. I am so thrilled for him I can barely stand it. Hooray for Adam. He deserves this praise so much. There are so many wonderful things waiting to happen for him, I can just feel it. A toast to you Adam, the most amazing singer and entertainer of this century! I love you!

  8. KO's smiling says:

    Very good review… and none of us are attacking her for an overwhelmingly complementary review with a miniscule criticism. I’m proud of us Glambs! 🙂

  9. Dana, an excellent review! I have made peace with the fact that not everyone is going to love Adam but I suspect many who do not like him or his music are about to undergo a serious metamorphosis! Mmmmmmwah

  10. Dana, I couldn’t agree more with this review. I’ve been listening to it non-stop since I received it Friday night. I was so excited to get it 3 days before the official release. It is so great that the music industry was tripping over each other to stand in line to work on Adam’s debut. It will be interesting to see who’s there for #2. With so many different contributors, I think it will be a little tough for Adam to establish his own sound. But maybe the pop smorgasbord will be his style!
    Love to all – Carol

  11. Has anyone downloaded the album off Itunes? You get 2 videos, 2-5 min long. One is behind the scenes in the studio & the other is behind the scenes at the photo shoot (I think they were done in the castle setting.) Also, you get an extra song download of: Down the rabbit hole. I like it. And, you get the photos from the AO album & a few others. I love the videos. He is so hot & adorable in them.

  12. Glambertgirl1 says:

    Does anyone know if you can get the actual deluxe CD instead of just having it as a download??

  13. OK, then, when will the DVD of all his song videos be available. No good just listening, I WANT TO SEE TOO!!!!


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