So everyone and their sister is calling Adam Lambert's debut For Your Entertainment the most anticipated album of the year. I'll go along with it being well anticipated. I'd heard snippets last week and listened to the full disc last night.
I am not impressed.
While the fans over at Idol Forums and AdamOfficial lineup here to scream at me, let me speak my peace. The damn album is not rock. I'm sick and tired of reading all sorts of reviews all over the interwebs calling the damn thing the return of glam. Do you know how many times I've read "Adam brings back glam with For Your Entertainment?"
This isn't to say the songs on For Your Entertainment are bad. There are a few really good songs. Justin Hawkins of The Darkness wrote "Music Again," probably the best track on the disc. It's the closest thing to a rock tune and "Whataya Want From Me" is also quite good. Plus, guitarist Orianthi (of Michael Jackson's This Is It fame) plays some awesome guitars on "Sleepwalker." The album is more dance and pop than metal...so why do people keep comparing Adam to David Bowie and Alice Cooper? I don't get it.
Just putting on a racy performance doesn't make you a shock rocker.
Speaking of racy performances, Adam's performance on the American Music Awards Sunday night was a hot mess. Look, I don't care if it was sexually charged. Please. Nothing like that offends me. I was more appalled by the the entire concept and the crappy vocals. I don't get it. Lambert has one of the best voices on the scene today. He can make jaws drop just by standing and singing. He doesn't need over-the-top theatrics and hype to gain fans, but whatever. Someone needs to tell him that appealing to the lowest common denominator isn't always the best plan. Yes, it's Adam's career and he can do what he wants. Unfortunately I think he's been taking some bad career advice. Also, a note to the tweens that think Adam gets to make all his own decisions regarding his album and live performance: he doesn't. The music industry doesn't work that way.
Back to For Your Entertainment. Again, the album isn't bad. It's just not what I - or probably a lot of people - expected or hoped for. So, the new album is on my iPod and will be gym fodder. My dreams of Adam Lambert saving arena rock are dead. Oh well I guess. I was open-minded, hopped on the bandwagon and hoped for the best. It didn't work out. All that said, should you buy the album? Yes, if you like more than just hard rock and enjoy pop music, this album will suit you. If you're metal all the way, For Your Entertainment isn't up your alley.
The clip of Adam on the American Music Awards isn't available online thanks to Dick Clark Productions.