ALBUM TITLE : THE ORIGINAL HIGH
ARTIST : ADAM LAMBERT
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 2015
As a American Idol alumna, Lambert did quite well as a performer. While he has yet to make huge hits the way Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson did, it doesn’t mean that he has not carve his own niche. Musically, he fills the void George Michael left when the other half of Wham suffered career setback and has yet to recover. Here is a track by track review of this album.
- Ghostown – you would think that this track is alternative rock and will set the mood of the whole record. But once you get to the middle part of the song, you will realized that it is quite pop. In fact, in terms of musicality, you can say that this could be performed by Rihanna.
- The Original High – is a bouncy tune which is quite a departure from his previous hit “If I Had You” which was quite a rock tune.
- Another Lonely Night has a refrain or chorus similar to the chord structure of Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.”
- Underground –is one proof that Adam Lambert is treading the road of George Michael not that of Boy George. This song is as eclectic like those that filled “Listen Without Prejudice” album of George Michael.
- There I Said It – can be a song dedicated to a father who is disappointed with his son. In this song, Adam probably is singing not about his father’s disappointments but rather of his liberation from the controlling aspect of the father.
- Rumors – this song is probably his attempt to be in the league with Chris Brown or Drake in terms of pop sensibilities. This duet partly works because of the reggae like and trip hop ambience.
- Evil In The Night – is so very nineties. A remix or dance version would be a welcome addition to this song.
- Lucy – there is an element of drama in this song. It has a good narrative about Lucy seeing someone from the wrong side of the tracks and eventually selling herself. The guitar support provided by Brian May from the legendary group Queen provides the fear and terror background one feels for Lucy with her adventures.
- Things I Didn’t Say – this song reminds you of any Phil Collins track in the album “Another Day In Paradise.” Sleek in terms of musicality and direct to the point lyrics.
- The Light – Adam Lambert performs this song as if he was a Disco Diva in the tradition of Donna Summer and Diana Ross.
- Heavy Fire – this song sounds like an album filler.
- After Hours (Bonus Track Deluxe Edition) – constructed like a remix version of a new wave song like a track from New Order or Depeche Mode during the eighties.
- Shame – at first you would think that this song is quite out of place. But when you consider that some of the songs are like 90’s ditties or new wave song, this song fits in if you want to consider that this album is an experiment in sounds.
- These Boys – is a song about dealing with homophobes.
Adam Lambert gives not just a glimpse when it comes to future musical directions but he also gives us what he can offer in terms of musical excellence. While this album is still lacks tracks that can be considered as greats or classics, Lambert showed his mettle and will convinced listeners that he was the real American Idol not just a runner up.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it