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 Post subject: Compilation of all reviews so far from the new CD
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Some kind person put this together, its really nice to have it.

Dean Piper
Pop Justice
Digital Spy
Rolling Stone
Lindsey Parker (Yahoo! Music)

Pharrell, Adam

BYRON: The title track is BANGIN! Really feelin that “We Will Rock You” [Queen] inspired opening rhythm, the bass lines got an “Another One Bites The Dust” feel to it and there’s a really cool guitar hook. Best line has gotta be, Wait till ya get a load of me. There’s a breakdown part near the end just straight Adam vox and drums. No bass. Sick.

DEAN PIPER: Who knew that Pharrell and Adam would make such an insanely good match! Not an obvious pairing but it feels so slick. It brings the FUNK and has a Gwen Stefani Hollerback Girl clap to it. You could imagine the video the second the claps began. It also has a touch of early Queen to it in the shape and form of the thundering bassline running throughout.

EQ: Speaking of infectious tracks, "Trespassing" is one that really hits home for me as a Queen fan. Right from the beginning it features a bass line and beat extremely reminiscent of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" while maintaining a very unique sound. The chorus to this song is also very big, and very, very anthemic; one that you'll be passionately singing along with every listen. It's almost as if he gave Queen a pop kick and brought their sound into 2012.

SUGARSCAPE: Full of foot stomps, hand claps and - to be cheesy - FUNK. Instantly catchy, camp as hell, pure pop joy. [...Queen?]

DIGITAL SPY: We immediately noted down the band Queen when listening to the title track 'Trespassing'. Co-produced by Pharrell Williams, it combines funky bass with stadium-rousing rawk guitars and hand claps. I was walking for some time when I came across this line, he belts with a growly vocal on the chorus. We're assuming this will be a single at some point, and if it's not, there will be trouble.

POP JUSTICE: It's an 'Another One Bites The Dust' [Queen] / 'Last Night A DJ Saved My Life' sort of thing with hand claps and foot stomping and all that stuff. It feels like the sort of song that might 'cross him over' and 'open him up to a different market' and all that sort of thing record labels spend their time wanking over when all they should really be asking themselves is "DOES THIS ACTUALLY HAVE A GOOD TUNE OR NOT". (It's got a good tune.). It is certainly "a toe tapper". There is a line that sounds a bit like "no trespassers up my arse". We thought the first chorus should have probably come in a bit earlier. The album is called this so we assume it will be a single at some point and it's pretty great so that would make sense.

UK OMG: The one that sounds like Queen; This track has got the influence of the legendary band written all over. In some of the heavy clapping parts you'd be mistaken for thinking for a second you were listening to 'We Will Rock You'. It has a heavy, distinct beat and really got under our skin.

UK OK: VERY reminiscent of Queen. We imagined a very energetic video going alongside, with lots of drums and electronic beats. We reckon this would go down a treat on the dancefloor.

UK MTV:Stand out songs include LP title track Trespassing - a foot-stomping anthem produced by Pharrell Williams - whose presence can be felt throughout the tune. With its heavy bassline and thumping beats, it's sure to be a hit - showing a more edgy R&B feel compared to his previous material.

Lindsey Parker: Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" and "We Will Rock You" are the obvious pop-culture touchstones here, considering "Trespassing's" bowel-rumbling disco bassline (so funky, I could've sworn this was the track with Nile Rodgers), syncopated handclaps, and gang-chanty intro. But other supercool drill-team favorites come to mind: I hear shades of Toni Basil's "Mickey," Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch Bus," Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation," and even the Go! Team here. And there's a heavy-breathing breakdown in the middle that features some of the sexiest panting since Donna Summer's "Love To Love You Baby," or at least since Madonna's "Burning Up," Kinky's "Más," or the Faint's "Posed To Death." I imagine if I played this Adam/Pharrell co-write in my car, it'd fog up my windows...and I know if I crank it at my next party, it'll burn up my dance floor.

Ollie G, Adam, Bonnie McKee, Josh Abraham
Adam says [NOTE: Maxwell interview] it’s electrofunk, it's about owning your own crazy, in the most positive, celebratory way, it’s kind of saying look I feel nuts, I’m out of my damn mind and I’m having a great time being that way... you’re so out of your mind it’s almost like you’re in an institution but that madhouse, that asylum, is the best disco in the world.

BYRON: Bonnie’s previous credits include several Katy Perry hits. Cookoo is another one for the hit list! Won’t give too much away on this one! Wait till ya hear it! Definitely a party jam. (NOTE: I love how Byron was reluctant to give anything away and in the meantime LOOK AT ALL THE FLAILING BELOW :D)

DEAN PIPER: This song is friggin’ HUGE. It’s dance pop through and through and people will be gagging to remix it. A floor filler, massive radio hit for Europe and even has a Britney style breakdown for the dance moves to be flexed. It was instantly a winner and a definite single.

EQ: My goodness. It only took about 20 seconds for this song to be one of my favorite songs of 2012. "Cookoo" opens up with a hard dance beat and progresses with swirly, sweeping synths that lure you in and make you want to dance. The chorus is huge. Massive sound and the track showcases Adam's extremely powerful vocals that have repeatedly set him above all the rest. Then we get to the bridge of the song, which is pure hard electro greatness. "Cookoo" is an extremely infectious song that demands attention right from the get go and is definitely one that you will all have on repeat for days.

@JordanMeehan (EQ) Cuckoo will slay lives.

SUGARSCAPE: Instantly catchy, camp as hell, pure pop joy.

DIGITAL SPY: One song that a lot of people seem to be getting excited about is 'Cuckoo'. It's easy to see why; it's a towering electro-pop tune that despite being packed with all manner of production wizardry, remains an effortless number with a chorus whose hooks quickly dig in deep.

POP JUSTICE: 'Cuckoo' is the big song on this album. First time we heard it we thought it sounded like a streamlined version of Justice or Daft Punk. It's certainly a chart-friendly dance track that comes from a different, more sophisticated place to most of that other UTTER SHIT that seems to be passing for pop music at the moment. 'Cuckoo' is a song is about going mad, or maybe it's about going sane and everyone else being mad. Adam told us that he was thinking about the video already. We don't want to blow the surprise but it's based on a film. Actually the song is called 'Cuckoo' isn't it and it's about going mad so draw your own conclusions.

'Cuckoo' has a big chorus that goes, I wanna LOSE MY MIND like a maniac, and CROSS THE LINE never looking back we're ON THE LOOSE getting crazy and we've gone cuckoo, gonna party til they take us away. It looks a bit like one of those crap LMFAO party jams written down like that but the song as a whole feels a bit more like an outsidery burst of defiance than an insidery eruption of LOL. It is a really confident song and could make sense of Adam for UK fans-to-be in a way that his first album didn't quite manage to. It features one of those abstract borderline dubstep breakdown bits that everyone's doing at the moment.

This is a properly brilliant single. It feels a bit unfair to say "it doesn't even sound like Adam" but we suppose if people are either not fussed by what they've heard so far of Adam's work, or simply didn't like it very much, that's probably a good thing. The lyrics are fairly Adamish though, or what we think Adamish means. WHO IS THE REAL ADAM LAMBERT? (That was a rhetorical question, please don't email or phone the office.)

UK OMG: The one you'll want to party to: Cuckoo; This electro-pop track has a catchy chorus, strong rhythm and makes you want to get up and dance. We had to hold ourselves back from busting into some serious moves at the desk. Perfect for a Friday night.

UK OK: Very electro dance-pop with Adam singing about losing his mind and crossing the line. It's a total party tune.

Lindsey Parker: .. bangin' floor-filler.. Hi-NRG disco workout... This is basically "If I Had You 2: Electric Boogaloo." It's the sound of Kylie Minogue, La Roux, and the Scissor Sisters chugging a case of Red Bull and then getting in a time machine set for 1977 and going to Studio 54, then getting back in that time machine, switching the dial to 1992, and heading to a rave. ...this hot track just makes me wanna dance, dance, dance. This is the jammmmm, people...intelligent, sophisticated, unnervingly catchy electropop--as in, if it doesn't have some effect on you, then you must be dead from the neck up and/or waist down.... just cuckoo-crazy-good, and it really ought to be Adam's next single.

Adam, Sam Sparro, Lester Mendez, feat. Nile Rogers & Sam Sparro
Adam RS description: Nine Inch Nails meets Saturday Night Fever

DEAN PIPER: Shady is the track Justin Timberlake should be launching if/when he realizes that he was once a Prince of Pop. It’s a little more pop r+b I guess and yes, it is shady. There’s a Scissor Sisters style funk feel to it that runs throughout and the guest vocals work beyond perfectly. I was excited about this one and it doesn’t disappoint.

EQ: This song is attention grabbing from the get go. The lyrics are very suggestive and Adam's vocals are extremely seductive. His vocals on this track are also very diverse and really show off his extensive vocal range and ability. With a swelling bass and a big dance chorus, this song will make you want to dirty dance into the early hours of the morning.

@jordanmeehan (EQ) ...makes me wanna take my clothes off. Sex playlist status. I'm just saying..... dirty dancing/grinding song. Sexy, sexy lyrics

SUGARSCAPE: Instantly catchy, camp as hell, pure pop joy.

DIGITAL SPY: Take me underground/Deep below the street, Adam teases on 'Shady' over a raunchy bass guitar riff that sounds like it was recorded in a sex club - though one of those trendy Soho ones with over-sized chandeliers on the ceiling and Cristal Champagne on the menu as opposed to a dank and nasty one in Bradford. It's confident, in-yer-face and exactly why certain people (in America, mostly) sometimes get all in a tiz about him.

POP JUSTICE: 'Shady' is a bit more exciting, an undulating groove-based thing which feels like an electro stab at Jacko's cover of 'Come Together'. Then a chorus bursts out of it with a turn it up turn it up turn it wAEYYY up bit.

UK OMG: The sexy one; Full of cool beats, heavy breathing and a slower tempo this tune, which features Sam Sparro and Nile Rogers, takes a rather different turn to the previous two. Lyrics like take me underground and get my kicks complete the sultry, dark feeling.

UK OK: Expect a really futuristic sound here, as Adam croons about being taken underground where the freaks like us can meet. Once again there's elements of electro-pop here and a real groovy sound.

UK MTV: ...wouldn't look out of place on a Maroon 5 LP [NOTE: lol wat]. Dirty pop at it's best.

Adam, Sam Sparro, Lester Mendez

BYRON: An anthemic, slower tempo track . A beautiful love song which might just possibly be autobiographical. I know you will understand I gotta tell you somehow. Like say you had a partner whose 1st language wasn’t English….you might encounter this situation! Quite haunting in parts & some fat beats amazing song.

DEAN PIPER: Easily his strongest vocal on the sampler I’ve heard. It’s subtle and controlled and reminded me of a Darren Hayes style track but with an injection of adrenalin to make it actually worthwhile listening to without wanting to top yourself when it’s overplayed.

EQ: This is the final song we heard and it is more of a mid-tempo dance song with a very driving beat. I was initially a little skeptical about this one until I heard the chorus. The chorus to this song is huge and even infuses some dubstep into it, which proved to be very effective. And then you're blindsided by Adam's huge vocals and you instantly fall in love with this track. The breakdown in the bridge is also irresistible and features very hard electronica fused together with some dubstep.

SUGARSCAPE: Adam angrily belts out his frustrations in Broken English, a track very much on the 'dark' side of the album but a bit more upbeat, with a bit of a dubby breakdown in the middle slathered with a haunting wail-type-noise. [NOTE: idk why I'm very excited by that description \o/]

DIGITAL SPY: It's about struggling to communicate with your partner. I can't say all the little things that I wanna tell you right now, he says, before we heard a bizarre but instantly addictive noise that we can only compare to a fire extinguisher being let off. We originally likened it to Britney's 'Inside Out', but on reflection it's a pretty loose comparison.

POP JUSTICE: 'Broken English' has some lyrics about Tower of Babel ... falling down again AND lost inside communication breakdown AND I know you won't understand but I've got to tell you somehow. We thought 'Broken English' was alright but it's definite album track material. That said, this album's of a pretty high standard so it's not like saying album track in the Pixie Lott sense.

UK OMG: The dark one; The one we least enjoyed but perhaps because we were so taken aback by the first three our expectations were huge. A slower, more haunting feel, which builds to a dark crescendo. If the album is split into two (upbeat v introspective) then this fits with the latter.

UK OK: Echoed sounds of the 80s with a bit of a twist. We weren't all too sure exactly what his message was, but found that didn't really matter - we loved it anyway.

Lindsey Parker: first thought when hearing this dreamy, languid, slow-building slow-burner was it reminded me of a few tracks from Scritti Politti's 1999 comeback album, Anomie & Bonhomie... [or] "Diamonds & Pearls"-era Prince. And maybe some Justin Timberlake, or the incredibly underrated '90s alt-pop band Self (look them up too). And the hypnotic, slinky instrumentation even brings to mind Adam's iconic "Ring Of Fire" performance from back in the day. Sophisticated, sleek, and sultry, this mix of pop, electronica, and blue-eyelinered soul... sounds like little else on the radio right now. Which, in my opinion, is a very good thing.

Tom Shapiro, Josh Kear, Catt Gravitt
here's a clip of the demo if you want to listen (this is NOT adam, obvs)

BYRON: Another track from Adam’s “darker side” and definitely one of the stand outs. Its stripped back basically to piano and vocals & REALLY lets Adams vocal shine… at least in the rough mix I was played. You got to remember these tracks are SO new they aren’t even finished yet!

This song also made the Fifi and Jules DJ cry, it was her favorite.

Lindsey Parker: This haunting ballad may not promise the sexyfuntimes of "Cuckoo" and "Trespassing," but the wintry song serves as the flipside of those summery party anthems, showcasing Adam at his most stripped and vulnerable. This is the track that really trespasses on Adam's psyche, so to speak. Everybody wants to talk about a freak/No one wants to dig that deep/Let me take you underneath, he keens, delivering a vocal every bit as passionate and powerful as FYE's Soaked while somehow sounding restrained in a way he hasn't sounded since he game-changingly sang Mad World and Tracks Of My Tears on Idol. Everyone of course knows Adam for his over-the-top persona and glass-shattering glory notes--and trust me, he hits some seriously glorious notes here--but the overall effect on this track is unexpectedly intimate and fragile, as opposed to bombastic and campy. Check your arms for goosebumps after listening.

Adam, Pharrell

BYRON: Damn it got this white boy movin! It's a club banger and for mine… a HIT! She puts the shot glass down, she asks for another round, girl dont u hit the ground, is it kickin in. Funky shit.


BYRON: Adam didn’t play me the song but went out of his way to tell me about it at lunch. He’s really excited for people to hear it when its ready. Says it’s got a 90′s Depeche Mode feel …I say bring it on!

The Bruno Mars song. Adam says he’s not sure if it’ll be on the album.

POP JUSTICE: There was a song Adam played us last year called 'Never Close Our Eyes' or something which had a big line that went something like, never close my eyes, MY EYEESSSSSS. It's quite raveular. That should probably be a single at some point, mind you it doesn't have quite as much of Adam's identity in it as some of the other songs on the album. This said, identity's not much use when you're not selling any albums because you picked the wrong singles, is it?

....a hit single however you look at it, so if people haven't been very into the whole Queen-esque Pharrell business this will help sell some albums. We seem to recall Adam saying that Bruno Mars had something to do with this one but he might have been talking about something else.

Rune Westerberg, Adam, BC Jean

DEAN PIPER: It’s written beautifully and is empowering and you really connect with the fact this song is deeply personal. It feels like an Aguilera ballad (minus the dodgy diva fakeness). He should be extremely proud of this one – and it will become a firm anthem for the fans…..

EQ: This song absolutely broke my heart. It's a much slower tempo ballad, which shows off the darker elements of the album and features very tender, vulnerable vocals. Not only is this a very vulnerable song, it is also very emotionally revealing and authentic. Adam really lets his guard down and reveals his heart with this song and such authentic vulnerability is a rare find in pop music these days. The lyrics are rather sad, but this song will, without a doubt, hit home with the LGBT community (and everyone else, in all honesty). When you listen to it, be sure to have some tissues nearby. Seriously.

SUGARSCAPE: Outlaws Of Love, we're told, is the most personal song Adam's ever written. Fans who worry that Adam's voice might not be showcased enough on the album can sleep easy as this song is all raw, tumbling emotion poured out in breathy, lingering vocals.

DIGITAL SPY: 'Outlaws of Love', we were told, is Adam's "most personal" song on the record. Essentially, it's a massive ballad with big drums and delicate chimes that shows off his surprisingly wide vocal range.

POP JUSTICE: An interesting song on the Lambo album. It's a pretty special song. While it was on we had a discussion in the office about the whole burning in hell business. We thought it was quite interesting that he goes, I don't think we will, as if he is not quite certain that he won't. That felt like one of the most powerful bits to us, because there is an element of doubt despite Adam's outward confidence. We suppose it is quite complex isn't it, that sort of thing. Especially if you bring religion into it. It feels like a better expression of what it might be like to be gay in America than anything else we've heard recently, and it's got a fantastic tune.

UK OMG: he one that will give you goosebumps; We were told this track is all about Adam's personal struggles and it's certainly a very honest creation. Our favourite of the five, and the one that most shows off his amazing voice - and range. It's an introspective ballad with resonating lyrics like You've branded us enough outlaws of love/Everywhere we go we're looking for the sun that will leave you feeling goosebumpy and chilled - but not unhappy.

UK OK: This ballad really stands out on the album, as fans get to hear his haunting, pitch-perfect voice. Interestingly, this is quite a dark ballad but really strikes a chord as you can feel the emotion in his voice.

UK MTV: Other highlights include heartfelt ballad Outlaws Of Love. Described as the 'most personal song' on the record, the dark track tells the tale of a forbidden relationship - otherwise known as Lambert's 'coming out' song. It displays a softer side to the somewhat eccentric star, giving him a chance to show off his crazy vocals and believe us, this boy can sing!

ALBUM (General flail):

BYRON: This stuff is so hot it’s not even finished!

DEAN PIPER: You need to dust off those Cuban heels, grab your disco pants and unleash on the dancefloor…. I heard six songs today. Three are sure fire radio and chart hits – easily. And this is aside from the lead single Better Than I Know Myself…. his vocals are amazing. This album was born to fly…. I can see the majority of these tracks being on radio (Capital will cream their pants over it) – and I’m told there’s more surprises in store…. I believe in this album and Adam. He’s delivered something quite special here. …. I’m gagging to have Trespassing on my iPod. I’m also thrilled that he’s produced this. It’s a new Adam but most importantly it’s a better Adam. He’s raised his game, found what works and is onto a winner.

EQ: On "Trespassing" @adamlambert has perfected the mix of pop, rock, dubstep, dance and melody to make a cohesive and mighty piece of pop art. Based on the new tracks we heard today - we can tell you that "Trespassing" is going to be amazing.

Based on the five songs I heard today I can say without a doubt that "Trespassing" will be the album of the year. "Trespassing" fuses together rock, dance-pop and a little dubstep and does it expertly.

While this album is extremely forward-thinking and sonically progressive, this isn't all that makes it great. What makes this album so wonderful is that you can really feel Adam's personality shining through in each song. Few artists have the ability to do what Adam does here: to create a piece of art that stems straight from the heart and soul while still sounding so unique, futuristic and amazing.

Get ready Glamberts, "Trespassing" by Adam Lambert is going to seriously shake up the pop music scene in 2012.

@JordanMeehan (EQ)
And there's another one on there that will SHATTER charts that I'm not allowed to talk about. :X

@JordanMeehan (EQ) Hahaha the song just isn't done yet, so they don't want us talking about it. But sweet fuck one of the best dance songs ever. [NOTE: he's not talking about Cuckoo, Trespassing, Shady or Chokehold]

@JordanMeehan (EQ) The passion of Adam Lambert's fan base, combined with the sheer perfectness of his new album will skyrocket it to #1 SO fast. Get ready.

SUGARSCAPE: His last album was good, but we didn't think it was great. His single, Better Than I Know Myself (below) is a very good pop song, but we'd heard all sorts of hype and hoo-hah about the few tracks from Trespassing Adam's publicist is showcasing, and were prepared to be a bit let down.

WELL WE WERE BIG FAT WRONG. Unless the tracks we haven't heard yet all turn out to be cack, this album is set to be an absolute pop corker. It's unashamedly full on POP music, and we can't wait to hear the rest of the record.

DIGITAL SPY: What we [heard] was, put simply, brilliant. Things we jotted down during the playback were "epic", "growly", "Jacko-esque", "filthy", "Queen", "devastating", "clapping" and "Sam Sparro".

POP JUSTICE: There are some songs that will make people go "OH THERE IS ADAM DOING ALL THAT STUFF AGAIN" but there are also some bits that people-who-haven't-liked-Lambo-before will like. We're pretty sure most people will like 'Cuckoo'.

ROLLING STONE: club-ready sound inspired by classic disco, Nineties electronica and Skrillex-y dubstep
Adam Quotes from RS: There's party music, sex music, fucked-up-relationship S&M music, but every song explores something real.

UK OMG: the five songs we sampled left us tapping our toes under our desks, bopping at our computers and holding back gracing the office with an entire set of dance moves.

UK OK: Adam Lambert's Trespassing review - if you like pop you'll LOVE this. Set to delight hardcore fans and create a flurry of new ones as it's an impressive collection of hit after hit... we felt blown away by EVERY track thanks to his incredible voice and catchy ditties.... several reminding us of Queen, while others felt as energetic as watching a stage show.

UK MTV:Overall, Trespassing displays Lambert's progression from being a contestant on American Idol to becoming an artist in his own right and we can't wait to hear the rest of the record!

Lindsey Parker: My first impression of the four songs, besides their obvious awesomeness, is how cohesively they hang together, even as they flip between the light and dark, the hard and soft, the upbeat and the downtempo... it seems like on Trespassing, Adam has truly found his voice. Gone is any semblance of classic-rock posturing... this is big, shiny pop, but it's pop with an edge. Remember how Adam once described himself as edgy, with a smile? Yeah, it's like that.

Adam's penis is pretty much wearing the rest of Adam as an afterthought~Jacob

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