Failing Grade – Focus on the Family’s Review
Commentary by Juneau
The conservative Christian organization reviews new music. Who knew? They do this as a public service to steer families towards appropriately wholesome material. How did “Trespassing” fare? They gave Adam’s album a mixed grade, lauding the two singles “Never Close Our Eyes” and “Better Than I Know Myself” for their elevated themes (they gave a nod to “Underneath” as well), but condemning the rest. “Like Gaga,” the reviewer warns darkly, “Lambert is unapologetically shameless when it comes to singing about his voracious sexual appetites.” Worse, “Several songs hint at his willingness to engage in a risky sexual encounter with someone he’s just met.” Did we just hear the thunderous noise of millions of pearls hitting the floor?
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that a fundamentalist Christian would interpret song lyrics so literally. In “Naked Love”, the reviewer explains that “The singer also drunkenly demands that a prospective lover expose himself.” And here we were enjoying Adam’s clever use of sexy metaphors to ask a potential lover to put his guard down and truly connect. Boy do we feel stupid. But all snark aside, FoF’s review would be hilarious if it weren’t somehow sad that anyone would view the rich, messy complexity of life through such a one-dimensional literalist filter. If this were high school English class, we’d have to give this review an “F”.
The Home Planet – Protect the Children “Focus on the Family did a music review of Adam’s Trespassing and *gasp* he references sex, getting drunk, being “shady” and possible bondage…Well Adam, what do you have to say for yourself? I mean, what 30 year old man thinks only of sex & getting drunk? UNHEARD OF!”