Adam Lambert’s new single opens with a disarmingly spare, homespun melody strummed on an acoustic guitar, which accompanies Adam’s voice like a trusty mount bearing her master across an arid plain. Adam’s voice is as clean cut and lean as Gary Cooper’s profile, right down to the sheen of grit. Lyrics are sharp and stark as dried up bones. “Died last night in my dreams…” (Am I getting out of hand with my Old Western movie metaphors? )
The verse comes to a halt, and then switches up with “Now I know my heart is a Ghost Town” and segues into a thumping EDM chorus propelled by funky beats underlying that ear wormy whistled melody and finger snapping. This has summer hit stamped all over it. It’s impossible not to dance to it. The very bleakness of the words challenges you to abandon everyday caution and dance.
But what I love best about “Ghost Town” is Adam’s singing. No one could accuse him of over singing here. By holding back on the power, he allows the gorgeous timbre and elegant articulation to cradle your heart.
The eclecticism of this track feels authentic to Adam. You can hear echoes of past songs, covers and vocal flourishes in here. The song’s roots burrow deeply into musical styles that Adam has loved but it doesn’t feel recycled or derivative. His genius as a performing artist has been his uncanny ability to take a classic song, fully inhabit it and make it his own. With “Ghost Town” he shows that he has learned how to apply the same kind of genius to songwriting.
(Sorry for the awkwardness of this review, but I am without my computer and was forced to peck this out on my iPhone.)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I have heard the future of pop.”
– Lindsey F*cking Parker
April 21 is THE DAY!! We hope we don’t crash iTunes…
KiddNation.com – Adam Lambert joins the show Tuesday morning. He’ll tell us about his new single, “Ghost Town,” and what he’s been up to.
Teaser mashup via Kradice Lambert
One of the most important bands in world music history, Queen, announce additional Brazil shows in São Paulo and Porto Alegre fronted by legend-in-the-making Adam Lambert.
…Adam Lambert’s stunning performances on the eighth season of American Idol are still widely regarded as some of the most riveting moments in the show’s history. His debut album For Your Entertainment earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His second album, Trespassing, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The subsequent tour took Lambert from Australia to South Africa, throughout Asia and Eastern Europe and culminated in a sold-out arena show in Helsinki, Finland. In 2013, Adam appeared as a guest star on the hit TV series, GLEE. Adam has just completed a brand new album, writing and working with the production team of Shellback and Max Martin (Max is responsible for 19 #1 US hits, and Billboard’s “Producer of the Year”). The first single, “Ghost Town” is released April 20, and the album “The Original High” follows this summer.
Further Latin America dates are expected to be announced.
@Virg1877: QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT South America Tour Dates Document https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dVM3Mbf8ZG0yPCXon_X5ZfnIjhnZdWJBFo9NgyyDb7M/edit?usp=sharing …
COVER BOY (AGAIN!)
Entertainment Focus – Adam Lambert is the cover star for the new issue of Notion “Talking about The Original High, Adam reveals, “[The album is] dance-y but bittersweet, and the lyrics are a little darker [than they have been, previously]. I’ve done the more bubblegum stuff, I’ve done the camp stuff, and now I want to encourage people to face their shit. I want to show them the part of me that’s not all polished or [still part of] the ‘pageant on TV’ thing – I want it to be real, you know?”” Read more…
COUNTDOWN TO APRIL 21
And teased us with lyrics…
ADAM GOES FRACTAL…
AND THE BEAT GOES ON…
Official Charts – Adam Lambert makes triumphant return with new song Ghost Town: First listen review “The singer returns with a bonkers track that forces you to sit up and take notice…The song itself opens with a dramatic guitar strums that will inevitably be compared to Avicii’s Hey Brother. “I tried to believe in Elvis and James Dean but Hollywood sold out” he sings, before the whole things drops away and morphs into a chorus that is short on lyrics but big on hooks. “Now I know my heart is a Ghost Town” he declares over a spacious house beat and – crucially – a ludicrously catchy whistle that immediately lodges itself in the brain…Crucially, Ghost Town is the kind of song that forces you to sit up and take notice which, without a major UK hit to his name yet, is exactly what Adam Lambert needs right now.”
ROCK IN RIO
Going, going… gone!!!
(But don’t despair; start looking on Twitter!)
DEPARTMENT OF EYE CANDY
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“But whether Adam can quite believe it or not, his determination, boundless talent and unwavering resolve to be nothing but himself has seen him achieve more in six years than many musicians achieve in a lifetime.” – Hunger TV interview
Adam Lambert on iHeart Music Awards
Poised for World Domination!!
Hunger TV – The Interview: Adam Lambert. Outstanding!!
I definitely feel both a personal and professional evolution over the past five years. I think I’ve become more well adjusted to the strangeness of fame and more grounded in my personal life. I don’t overwork my performances as much as I once did; as an entertainer, sometimes less IS more. Personally speaking, I’ve tried to take a similar less is more approach to life. That being said, I still have extravagant tendencies but I think I’ve managed to balance things out a bit better. I’m still my own worst critic, but I’m giving myself better reviews these days. This has all lead to me feeling more comfortable in my skin and more willing to reveal a more authentic, honest self to the world. Read more.
The evolution of Adam Lambert from theater kid to singer-songwriter-superstar
I have been a most ardent Adam Lambert fan these past five years, but as you faithful readers of my scribblings well know, my passion for him has never blinded me to his human failings and limitations. I was smitten by his godlike talents as a vocalist, by his stage personas and his charisma, but I think that what really fuels my obsession is my conviction that he could be so, so much more.
If only. If only he hadn’t lost American Idol. If only America wasn’t so antigay. If only he hadn’t kissed a guy on the AMA. If only 19E/RCA/Sony had marketed him properly. If only radio would play his music. Perhaps. But in my honest opinion, these are distractions from the real issue. To put it bluntly, Adam’s rise to fame was propelled by his voice and command of the stage. But his ambition is to succeed not simply as a singer, but as a music creator. And that is a goal for which he has had nowhere near the training nor the preparation needed. Read more…
My Torah study master likes to begin a session by having us read a line or two of text, a fragment that initially seems to relay almost no information. But then over the ensuing two hours, we would fill in the context–the story in the scriptural passage as well as to the larger historical, religious and literary background–examine the multitude of ways in which those dozen or so words could now be interpreted, and connect them to our own lives and spiritual experience. I love these sessions. They turned grains of language into boundless universes of meaning.
So now Adam has released his own version of a scriptural fragment, and until April 21st when the single drops, all of you Adam Lambertologists are invited to submit your thoughts and interpretations below. What do you see and hear in this?