Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Adam Lambert - 'Trespassing' |Album Review



Adam Lambert returns this year (next week to be semi-specific) with his sophomore record Trespassing, and trespass he does wasps in the most joyfully cocky of ways over the 15 tracks that make up what might just be the best album you'll hear all year! A bold statement for sure, but Adam is the only boy I can think of right now in pop who is given equal access to the sickest of producers and songwriters working today as dominating ladies in pop like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Ke$ha and Kelly Clarkson, but apart from the latter none of these poptarts however hard they try quite manage to rise above their expensive productions like this boy does. I can appreciate a well produced track, and I can forgive an auto-tuned voice to within an inch of an artists life (it happens all to often these days after all) but give me an exceptionally produced beat and ferocious lyrics that however insane place second to a voice like Adam Lambert's and I go all kinds of CUCKOO! You could strip each track away on Trespassing, leaving nothing but bone and cartilage, and Adam Lambert's pipes will still sell that sh*t like it's a prime cut of beef!

With this record Adam Lambert is trespassing on your favourite tarts territory, and they should be very worried - this boy might just start a trend!



Better Than I Know Myself

I don't want to spoil that first listen of Trespassing for you by dissecting each track (it's all just words and hot air anyways) but I do have some favourites that I would like to share with you:

Cuckoo – Sounds like a peacock strolling down the street spitting on people. This has ‘single’ written all over it with sharp-tongued verses and a crazy uber-anthemic chorus that will have all you Glamberts jumping up and down until someone comes along and straps a straight-jacket on you!

Cuckoo

Trespassing - Sounds like a number one. An amazing Queen slash fuck you vibe going on here. It is For Your Entertainment 2.0.

Trespassing

Outlaws of Love - Sounds like a love letter, tastes likes a bitter pill. Think Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful', but more beautiful and all kinds of sad. A welcome quiet on the record.

Pop That Lock - Sounds like another number one. The peacock has gone out clubbin on a Friday night, he's throwing drinks in patrons faces, facing off on the dance floor with an ex and starting something with said ex's new boy toy in the queue for the toilets.

Runnin - You just wait until Adam starts screaming 'Runnin Runnin Runnin' on this one, seriously, just wait!

Take Back - Sounds like a great Kelly Clarkson song but with Adam pulling some overtime on the track because even Kelly was like "Shit, I couldn't possibly hit those high notes."


If there is any justice in the harshly competitive world of pop (Seriously, it's worse than Cheerleading) then Trespassing should do for Adam Lambert what 'Teenage Dream' did for Katy Perry the past couple of years, which is to grant him countless Billboard Hot 100 number ones, a magazine cover a month and a crown to wear out as the new Prince Of Pop – and why the hell not?! The potential for a smash hit is clear to the ear in every other track on Trespassing (unheard of these days when it is becoming more and more fashionable to spend your budget on three or four tracks and fill the rest of your record with, well, fillers), and at the end of the day, however sick the production on an Adam Lambert record, you know the boy isn’t going to disappoint you when you see him live in concert, his voice is why you tune in! However big the instrumental, it will always play second fiddle to his pipes. My only criticism, and it’s a small one, is the packaging for the record. I don’t like that album cover one bit. I think it is lazy and uninspiring. Pop is about the whole package after all and when you produce such a great collection of tunes as Adam has with Trespassing then you have to do yourself a favour and get a photographer or artist on the blower who will produce something iconic. A great song deserves an even greater visual accompaniment and this cover falls short of tickling my fancy. Still, if that is my only criticism of Trespassing then Adam shouldn’t have a problem shifting more than a few million copies of his sophomore effort. If you liked Adam's debut, For Your Entertainment, then you’re going to just die over this follow-up wasps, I wouldn't lie to you.

Never Close Our Eyes

Please promise me though that you will inform a family member or friend before you press play on this gift from the gods on 15th May so that in the instance they come across your unconscious body cocked on the floor they will know NOT to call the police in the first instance but instead blast some 'Cuckoo' from the speakers. It’ll bring you back to life in no time! Safety first wasps. Happy trespassing...



34 comments :

  1. LOVED your review. I agree Trespassing should shift some serious volume unless the PDs are complete homophobes.

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    1. Thanks for reading! I'm glad you like it x

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  2. thanks for the great review... looking forward to having the CD in my hands and on repeat in the BOSE player! Ah just a few more days of waiting...
    Suggest when you find time how about an insert of an image of Adam Lambert (many to choose from) to your page collage... surly there is room for this Global SuperPopFunkyRockStar.

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    1. Oh I think there might just be room for him when I next update my banner! ;-)

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  3. I have read some great album reviews but this one is outstanding and right on point. You took all the thoughts I had in my head and remarks I've made since I heard snippets of first four songs. I just knew the rest would be hits as well. But most of all I agree w the fact that if their is justice in the world of POP music many of the songs on Trespassing should be in Top 10 on Billboard Charts. But to the writer I have to disagree about the album cover as it represents what's inside the mind and heart of Adam Lambert and his trials and tribulations during his lifetime. The guy wrote and sang every song with all the raw emotion, joy and sadness that he's experienced. It's his mission statement on that cover saying "trespass into MY life and find out who I really am."

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    1. I am pleased you liked the review. I just wish they'd used a better picture! But yes, very valid points Shadygirl xx

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  4. Aww, this is review is awesome. Also, correct.

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  5. Except for your opinion on the album cover, which I love so much BECAUSE of it's simplicity, I think you were right on. Adam's voice is the key to it all, with attitude and fun enhancing the dance tunes and vulnerability and honesty ripping your heart out on the ballads.
    Adam deserves to rise to the top of the pack and when he does, it will be because of his talent, not smoke and mirrors. Anyone who has not heard him perform live is doing themselves a real disservice. Again, no gimmicks, just that voice soaring into the rafters.

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  6. I love your humor as much as I agree and love this review! You highlight many of my top tier tunes too: for me Runnin, Shady, Pop That Lock, Outlaws of Love, Cuckoo... and on it goes:-) I am doing my part by purchasing and gifting many albums and hope others will too. Lambert needs to be at the top, he has work extremely hard and is super talented. Oh yeah, and the songs are stellar too. Thank you...

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  7. this is my favourite review of the album so far, you have a real way with words. so glad people are getting it

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  8. AWWWWWW!!! Love your review,as if you are in my head but more charming and articulate in expressing your thoughts. I am head over heels in love with this guy Adam,he is the best singer/artist but also best human being. Thank you for such a wonderful and positive review.......Imrahd.

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    1. I'm sure Adam would like to thank you for your stellar support!

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  9. I love the review, and you are right about Runnin when I first heard it, I was like whoa whoa whoa what is that and how is he able to go so low then hit those high notes???? It's insane and shows what amazing vocals Adam has...wow. The fact that he co-wrote and executive produced this album speaks volumes to the vision and genius of this man...he knows a lot of people want him to sing classic rock but he said f**k that i'm gonna sing the songs I want to and the product is beyond amazing and puts other autotuning pop stars to shame.

    I actually love the album cover...I think Adam wanted to say 'here I am...welcome to my world and trespass into my inner thoughts' hence the simplicity of the cover. He got slammed for that tacky FYE album cover but I think he did good with this one (funny how Justin Beiber's upcoming album cover almost looks like it) and it doesn't hurt that he is easy on the eyes so hopefully attracts more female buyers lol.

    Why RCA thought BTIKM was a good first single is beyond me. Adam has such a hard time getting radio play esp in some homophobic stations and I really hope and pray that people actually give this album a listen as they won't regret it one bit. Cheers!!!

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    1. Yes after listening to the album I agree. I would have gone all out with Trespassing or Cuckoo or Pop That Lock as the lead single!

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  10. Really liked your review - stuck to the point - didn't ramble all over the place like some reviewers trying to find associations with other artists past and present - and making the review all about them.
    P.S. There are so many pics of Lambert out there - could you post one you think you'd like better on the cover? Thanks.

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    1. I actually love the 2nd and 3rd images in this review of Trespassing, the 3rd especially would have looked great as an album cover. (In my humble opinion) You Glamberts know best! lol

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  11. HEE HEE, loved your article but in case you didn't know, the whole 'waspy' aspect tickles me because of the black/yellow theme of the album cover. We've been chuckling about attending his concerts all decked out in beelike black and yellow stripes (there is much black yellow fashion online, many non striped). I'd been joking with fellow Glamberts that we'd be Glambees then! However, wasps will do as well!

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    1. Oh well it seems like this wasp is a good fit with Adam's new promotional campaign then! lol. You definitely have to go with the wasp look! STINGERS UP! X

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  12. I hope that someone is gathering all of these reviews about Trespassing for Adam to read as he certainly should read yours. Nicely done.

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    1. Actually there is a twitter account set up to do just that, @adamreviews. I suspect there will be a few bloggers too.

      Great review, thank you so much, needed something good to wash that EW crap out of my eyes

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  13. Whittington9 May 2012 14:40

    Great review, very droll! Agree with you about everything, it all totally blew me away.
    Don't really agree about his album cover though, I love it because it's simple and not too arty and stands out. AND it shows the sheer beauty of the man! The one you preferred is also gorgeous & is being used a lot in the promo, but I can't quite love that Gump hairstyle..

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    1. Well that's what counts! If you love it then that's all that matters! :-) Ha, that hairstyle is a bit Gumpy x

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  14. I love this review. I so feel the same. I am crazy about Trespassing. Each day I become obsessive about a different song. They are all so great. How many times can you count that you loved every single song on an album. Trespassing is my first. Runnin and Take Back have been such a bonus surprise. Why Bonus Status. They are just Amazing and need to be singles!!

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  15. Thanks for a great review. I loved the comment about Trespassing doing for Adam what Teenage Dream did for Katy. I've actually thought about this possibility. Wondering why you don't mention Shady, Underneath or Kickin In? To me they are 3 of the best tracks on the album along with the title track, Chokehold and Broken English.

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    1. They are all good songs, too many to mention but I did highlight my favourites!

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  16. Awesome review! His insane vocals are what have kept me so enraptured since AI, through FYE, and especially on this beloved album, even on a few songs that fall shy of my favorites from Trespassing, and there are many favs. What's crazy - with every listen, my fav 3-4 shift, depending on what mood I'm in and where he transports me.

    In response to your one small critique which is minor, and I see where you are going with it for it's pop sensibility lacking the OTT POP feel. At the same time I understand and accept the look & feel being projected for his sophomore album, in that it is crucial to step back with a 'safer' brand in order to give 'permission' to the casual listener to not judge a book by it's cover.

    With that being said, his art director and long time friend Lee Cherry has an uncanny ability to capture captivating photos of him like nobody else, and provides a cohesive look & feel for this era, not just the cover.

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    1. A valid point! Thanks for reading ;-)

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