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Hot off the press!! Lyndsey Parker visited 19 Entertainment offices today to listen to three of Adam Lambert’s songs from his debut album titled, “For Your Entertainment”. Lyndsey describes her experience, as only she can, where you are guaranteed to get a real feel for what’s coming our way on November 23rd!
Okay, dear readers, please excuse any typos in the following blog entry. I am to be excused, since my brain is so boggled after getting to visit the 19 Entertainment offices and privately preview three Adam Lambert songs from his upcoming superglamtastic and very aptly titled debut album, For Your Entertainment (out November 23). My black-fingernailed fingers are quivering in almost too palsy-stricken a manner to type, but at the same time I am too excited about the audio glitterbombs that have been blasted directly into my unsuspecting ear canals to wait until I’m fully coherent to share my giddy thoughts. I’d be waiting a good long while, really.
Yes, the music was THAT good, people. It was EXACTLY the extraterrestrial electro-opus I hoped and dreamed it would be. You know how the Glamerican Idol recently told Entertainment Weekly that his album would sound “as if a ’70s time-capsule blasted off into space and you’re watching it through a holographic filter”? Well, yeah, that sums it up pretty awesomely; I honestly don’t know if I can actually top such brilliant wordage. Perhaps Adam should just have my job…if he weren’t so busy reinventing the pop wheel, being fabulous, making plans for world domination, daring to dance in the path of greatness, etc.
Now, I know some fans (including myself, to some degree) were thrown a curveball by “Time For Miracles,” Adam’s classic-rock-leaning, Aerosmithian 2012 power-ballad that didn’t seem all that spacey or holographic, to be honest. Certainly that song especially appealed to Adam fans partial to his Idol performances of hoary perennials like Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love,” U2′s “One,” Aerosmith’s “Cryin’,” and Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” but it was hardly the “rock-pop-electronic-dance thing” Adam once titillatingly promised.
However, Adam Lambert is a complex man with a multiple musical personality, and so I can tell you all, based on the three tracks I heard, For Your Entertainment sounds NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, like “Time For Miracles.” These freaky-deaky songs, in all their wondrously neon-lit, mirror-balled, future-shocked, robot-rockin’ glory, almost don’t even sound like they were recorded by the same artist, the same human being…except for the fact that that voice is unmistakable, of course.
The time for miracles really has arrived now, in the fierce form of these sneak-previewed tracks:
“Entertainment” – The default title track and statement of intent, masterminded by Dr. Luke (Katy Perry) and Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson), Adam opens this one up, Rocky Horror-meets-Robbie Williams-style, with the audacious declaration: “I’m here for your entertainment!” And he ain’t kidding. This is an ultra-caffeinated party-starter (imagine if Mika, Sam Sparro, and Kevin Rudolf had a threesome that resulted in the conception of a glittery alien baby…if you dare), and it’s just begging to be remixed by everyone from Calvin Harris to the Neptunes to Justice–even though it sounds like a shiz-hawt remix already, as is.
“Winners” – A slinky, sexy, salacious dance-rock grinder with a keening, near-orgasmic vocal reminiscent of Adam’s watershed “Ring Of Fire” performance, this Rob Cavallo-produced cut cracks open in the middle like a giant whitechocolatespaceegg to reveal a colossal, fist-pumping, Gary-Glittery chantalong chorus that seems lifted straight out of “We Will Rock You 2: Electric Boogaloo.” So my guess is Queen’s Brian May will be impressed by this massive masterwork, too. A winner, indeed.
“Music Again” – Okay, this is the song, also produced by Rob Cavallo, largely responsible for my current lack of coherence or composure. The minute this glammy tour de force forced its way out of the 19 Entertainment office’s speakers, it was so white-hot I was instantly reduced to a puddle of melted spandex and runny eyeliner. A falsetto gang chorus like something off a lost Sweet outtakes album, squalling guitar riffs, pumping “Funkytown” beats…my head was pretty much exploding at this point, but I managed to hold my cranium together long enough to turn to a nearby 19 employee and jokingly state, “This sounds like the Darkness, if the Darkness were remixed.” To which the employee answered, “That’s funny you say that, because this song was actually written by [legendarily unitarded Darkness frontman] Justin Hawkins, and that’s Justin on guitar.”
Please read that above sentence again closely, people, and allow the full weight of its awesomeness to sink in. Adam Lambert + Justin Hawkins. ADAM LAMBERT + JUSTIN HAWKINS! Best. Collabo. Ever. Two of the most righteously rockin’ and elastically vocal-corded rock gawds of the past 10 years, two of this decade’s lone keepers of the glam-rock flame, together at last. As a diehard Darkness fan, I still believe in a thing called love…and I loved this song so much that at this point in the listening session, what was left of my poor throbbing head exploded, and shards of my caved-in skull went flying in all directions across the 19 office like the debris from a busted piñata. I apologize to the 19 office’s evening cleaning crew in advance. But hey, I could not help it. Let me state this again, just to be clear: Adam Lambert + Justin Hawkins. Such a skull-shatteringly awesome duet even deserves a new name-smash: Hawkbert. Or maybe Lamkins. Yesssssss.
Wham, bam, thank you Madam, for the glam. I can’t wait to hear (and write about) more, if my head can take it…Preview Alert!: Reality Rocks’ Adam Lambert Listening Session by Lyndsdey Parker
Mikael Wood from Entertainment Weekly joined Adam Lambert in the studio to talk about Adam’s debut album and hear “Music Again” first hand. To read the full article, pick up your copy of Entertainment Weekly, dated 10-23-09 which is in stores now.
Adam Lambert describes three of his new songs to give us a sneak peak of his new music.
In The Studio with Adam Lambert
An early preview of three new songs.
“What Do You Want From Me?” (written by Pink and Max Martin) “It works on a relationship level, but I also relate to the sense of talking to the public. Like ‘This whole thing’s a little freaked out, but please have faith in me, because I won’t disappoint you.’”
“Strut” (written by Kara DiGuardi and Lambert) “It’s Gary Glitter/T. Rex-type thing with an empowerment lyric. You’re not going to find love and happiness unless you let your hair down and strut your stuff.”
“Loaded Smile” (written by Linda Perry and Lambert) “It’s a bit dark with all the vocals in falsetto. It feels like you’re floating in space.” by Mikael Wood, Entertainment Weekly.
We’ve got some information from Gil Kaufman from MTV about Adam Lambert working with Lady Gaga earlier this week. Adam has mentioned during many interviews that he would love to work with Lady Gaga. What an incredible opportunity for Adam!
Adam Lambert Confirms Collaboration With Lady Gaga
“Yes it’s true: I spent yesterday in the studio w the insanely talented and creative Lady Gaga recording a song that she wrote! I love her,” Lambert tweeted.
Ever since Lady Gaga appeared on an “American Idol” results show this spring, fans have begged the two to collaborate. Just last week, the “Idol” rocker dismissed rumors that he would be joining Gaga on her Monster Ball tour. News of an alleged Gaga/Lambert duet, however, spread on Monday, when songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham tweeted that she’d dropped by a recording session where the two artists were working together. (A publicist for Lady Gaga would not comment when asked about it by MTV News yesterday afternoon.)
On his Twitter, Lambert revealed that the hookup was not just some experiment, but that Gaga came armed with music she’d crafted specifically for the glam-rock-loving singer. “Gaga wrote the song a while ago, and she thought it would be a good fit for me,” he wrote. “It’s a solo track. I feel so honored and lucky to be asked.
“Gaga just gets it, ya know?” he added. A spokesperson for Lambert could not be reached at press time to confirm if the song, whose title was not revealed, will be included on his upcoming major label debut, For Your Entertainment, out November 23. By Gil Kaufman, with additional reporting by Jim Cantiello, MTV
No doubt about it… Adam Lambert’s performance of “Ring of Fire” on American Idol was unchartered territory. Adam has told us during interviews that he is going to take risks and last night’s performance was no exception.
Michael Slezak from EW.com on Adam Lambert: Speaking of Mr. Cash, I wonder what he’d have made of Adam’s sitar-infused rendition of ”Ring of Fire.” Call me crazy, but given the fact that the Man in Black was tackling Nine Inch Nails tunes late in his career, I’m guessing he’d have enjoyed the wickedly theatrical spectacle of it all — at least the audio half of the equation — because, love him or hate him, Adam certainly nailed his vocal tonight, even when he used his swooping falsetto to steer the time-honored melody into Idol’s red-light district. Paula again got it right when she drew a comparison to Led Zeppelin’s ”Kashmir,” I just wish she’d have warned him against pulling such aggressive faces while he’s singing, the way she did with Casey Lambert (remember her?) back in the Week One semifinals. Still, as someone who’s priced a ticket for the Adam Lambert Bandwagon without ever getting out my wallet and making a move to buy one, you have to hand it to the guy for his derring-do. He won’t give you dull. And he won’t tamp down on the flamboyance just because it might make a Randy Travis fan wan to chuck a television out the window. As Adam joked to a schoolgirl-giddy Ryan before he took the stage: ”I don’t know about self-discipline, but it’ll be signature.”
Jim David from The Huffington Post on Adam Lambert: He has basically been on the scene for several weeks and it will take America some time to get used to a gay glam rocker with black nail polish. But we wouldn’t even be having this discussion if he weren’t an in-your-face major talent with the potential to go huge. This guy is Madonna, Tina Turner, and David Bowie. Even if he doesn’t win the prize, he’s the real thing. As Bette Davis said after seeing Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl: “The moment she came out onstage, we all knew.”
From our very own flynnsgirl at TheAdamLambertConnection.com/forum on Adam Lambert: Beside the fact that that was the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen, In the context of American Idol Adam Lambert gave the most epic performance that has ever been done. It was erotic and exotic and provocative. I love how he commands our attention, “look at me, I am so going there” You either love him or hate him, there is no middle ground. I was mesmerized by that performance, it was Cirque Du Soleil meets Muse meets some obscure opera. I love every second of what he did. This will be talked about for a very long time. Vocally, everyone else eats his dust, He can sing rings around all the others. Let’s be real people, who were you talking about today? I can guarantee that if you watched Idol last night, then you were talking about Adam. Love it or hate it, it was on your mind. In 5 years time, the only person anyone will remember is Adam Lambert. He may have borrowed from Dilana’s version on Rock Star, Supernova. But he did it his way and he did it on American Idol. Adam brings the artistry that is lacking from this white bread TV show. I fear the judges have no box to put him in and hence don’t know what to do with him. Just let him be Adam, for those of us who love him and there are many, it just might keep this stale show on the air.
Adam Lambert is number ONE on the Entertainment Weekly American Idol Power List. Go Adam!
TV GUIDE has now put Adam Lambert at the number 1 spot in their power list.
Ken Barnes of USA Today’s Idol Chatter has also put Adam Lambert in the number 1 spot.
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