Album review: Trespassing - Adam Lambert (+video)

By Scott Kara

Adam Lambert. Photo / Supplied
Adam Lambert. Photo / Supplied

Adam Lambert should have won American Idol in 2009. The guy can sing and he had show-stopping power even then.

And now on his follow-up to debut For Your Entertainment, he's back bigger, bolder, and sounding more accomplished.

If anything there is less of the theatrics and dramatics Lambert became well-known for, musically and in concert.

But it's not as if he's reined it in, just channelled his energy towards the songs, which are still glam and poptastic but gutsy rather than flamboyant and flashy.

Stand-outs include Shaky, with its subtle Prince-sounding funk guitar (courtesy of guest player Nile Rodgers), a stomping P-funk groove, and the two-way wail of Lambert and Australian pop singer and producer Sam Sparro; and the snappy and propulsive pop of Kickin' In, co-written with Neptune's wunderkind Pharrell Williams.

Then there's the crunching future pop tune, Pop That Lock.

Trespassing runs the gamut of emotions from lovelorn (the thumping and soaring melodrama of Better Than I Know Myself) and unhinged (on cheesy electro dance pop track Cuckoo), to saucy ("you know your naked love is what I'm dreaming of tonight") and kinky on Chokehold, which can't decide whether it's a B&D or break-up song).

One things for sure, Trespassing will make you want to dance and sing along - just don't strain yourself or break a nail in the process.

Stars: 4/5
Verdict: Mor epure glam pop from American Idol star.


- NZ Herald

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