The time has come—the release of the real favourite American Idol Adam Lambert’s album For Your Entertainment.
For those whose eyes were stuck to the television with millions of other viewers during season eight of American Idol, it may have been a disappointment to see Lambert come second to the winner Kris Allen. The two are obviously at the opposite ends of the performance spectrum but it looks like their music careers won’t be. While Lambert’s album isn’t anything surprising or unexpected, it has all the makings of a powerful pop record.
For Your Entertainment is exactly that, entertaining. The album, while not completely written by Lambert definitely displays his knack for performance based glam-rock—obvious influences include David Bowie and Duran Duran—with a compilation of edgy dance hits touched with a few simple ballads for balance.
However not everything that glitters is gold. And this could change over time as Lambert gets a little more say in what goes on—if that’s possible after American Idol. Songs such as “Soaked”, written by Muse’s Matthew Bellamy sounds like a Muse cover song. “Fever”, written by Lady Gaga also sounds like a Lady Gaga song with Lambert’s vocals dubbed in as an afterthought. One only hopes Lambert won’t end up along the lines of performance pop stars before him, getting caught lip-synching and lacking original material.
On a lighter note the title track “For Your Entertainment” already has the ring of a club hit, and will likely be on the top of request lists. Lambert definitely has the talent to take him wherever he wishes to go, and the live show will likely be spectacular—like KISS meeting The Killers, lots of fire and shiny outfits.
Glam-rock is the circus of pop music and as long as Lambert can keep out of the tiger’s cage he’ll keep the whole crowd cheering.
Listen to For Your Entertainment, the first release by Adam Lambert at his official website www.adamofficial.com.
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