Reviewed Item: Trespassing (Album) by Adam Lambert
Reviewer: Nse Ette
On his official sophomore album, Adam Lambert appears to have decided on a singular musical direction (unlike his multi-faceted debut which I loved, mind you), and that is Dance/Pop with a Rock tinge, with a liberal sprinkling of Michael Jackson-style vocals.
Taking no prisoners right from the opening salvo of the stomping "Trespassing" (a Pharrell Williams production reminiscent of Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust"), "Cuckoo" (with a very catchy chorus), the dark sublime "Shady" (featuring Nile Rodgers on funky guitars and Sam Sparro and sounding very MJ), and the guitar-festooned "Never Close Our Eyes", there's loads to get your groove to.
It's in the ballads that he truly connects and soars emotionally and vocally: "Better Than I Know Myself", the jittery "Broken English", the touching string-swathed theatrical "Underneath" ("Everybody wants to talk about a freak, no one wants to dig that deep" he sings also telling us about the "red river that streams underneath") which exposes his vulnerability (my favourite), the incredibly catchy and rocky "Chokehold", the tender "Outlaws Of Love" (sung in a tremulous upper register - my other favourite). The deluxe edition also includes "Runnin'" (with the beats doing just that at the chorus, and Lambert scaling octaves with fluid ease), and "Nirvana". The other bonus track is the upbeat "Take Back" which is just ok.
Stomping fun which still gives one a peek into Adam Lambert's soul.