Adam Lambert – [CD/DVD]

Friday, 25 March 2011

Epic. This is my most difficult review ever. Glam Nation Live album represents two things I hate more than anything else on the planet. No, I’m not talking about how Adam Lambert is openly gay and one of the very few mainstream artists who speaks up about it, I’m talking about that goddamn TV show American Idol, on which Adam was a runner-up in the eighth season and a live album. I can’t comprehend why these albums go on the market. One must be a true lover of the artist if they own an album like this. Upon reflection of my music collection, I do own one live album, and a track from two artists and I enjoy them. So I’ll have to change my current frame of mind to what Adam Lambert’s fans will think. Let’s go set ourselves up.

Fabio Poster over my desk? Check.
Pink feather boa? Check.
Eating fast food? Check.
Super-sized fries? Check.
Watch crappy TV shows? Check.
Actually call and vote for someone? No. I’m not paying money for that, that’s too far.

Okay. Let’s Begin.

We enter Glam Nation Live with “Voodoo.” The crowd is screaming – echoing voices – the screams fade out and then Lambert begins to sing. No words. Just the obligatory “oh!” The lyrics are perfect for my ears. The beat is simple and and easy to follow. As for the tone of the crowd, it’s my people. Teenagers. Girls. Underage ones. I have to admit, this song does remind me of My Chemical Romance with funk subbing for rock music.

“Down the Rabbit Hole” starts with Adam yelling “Are you ready to party tonight mother fuckaaaazzzz???” Well, sure Adam, I intend to have a splendid evening. Wait – did you just say “hyphy?” I am wearing a pink feather boa, I do not know this word. Okay, you lost me, you’ve gone into this fast-paced “Bohemian Rhapsody” moment and I can’t keep up with you Adam.

Track four is called “Fever.” I’m sorry. I can’t fake the funk anymore, this album is awful. He’s talking about how you’re so hot you give him a fever, straight burning up. I am at a loss for words. How did this guy make it into the finals of American Idol? This music sucks. Even my Pink Boa is disappointed.

“Soaked” definitely saves the album. I have to admit that Adam can sing very, very well. I don’t know what he’s saying in this track, but it’s beyond the stage of the opera, yet the screaming crowd kills me. When he goes a capella, the 'tweens scream in all of his breathing sessions. Hearing this just made me feel that most of his tracks do not live up to his true vocal ability.

So is Glam Nation Live great? No it isn't, but let’s face it – if you’re a fan of Adam, you get your dollars-worth with sixteen live tracks, eleven of them from his thirteen-tracked-debut album For Your Entertainment.



Glam Nation Live is out now. Buy it here on Amazon .

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