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Pop - Released September 27, 2019 | More Is More, LLC - EMPIRE

The first half of a planned full album, 2019's Velvet: Side A finds former American Idol runner-up and current Queen frontman Adam Lambert embracing his '70s funk, disco, and glitter-rock influences with believable pomp and swagger. The six-track EP comes four years after Lambert's third studio album, The Original High, and features co-songwriting and production by a handful of savvy pop wizards including Tommy English, Butch Walker, Fred Ball, and others. Knowingly retro yet still modern, the songs on Velvet: Side A make the most of Lambert's persona as a modern-day glitter-pop icon. The opening "Superpower" is a slinky, bass-heavy anthem that wouldn't sound out of place on a Jamiroquai album. Similarly, "Overglow" borrows the sleek, descending synth hook from Hall & Oates' "Maneater" and marries it to an icy, neon-toned rhythm. Equally evocative, the piano-driven "Closer to You" brings to mind both Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie and classic Freddie Mercury power balladry as Lambert moves from a breathy mid-range croon to a throaty falsetto with ease. Rounding out the EP is funked-out '80s cowbell groover "Loverboy" and the theatrical "Ready to Run," which sounds like a Sam Smith song with 100 percent more stink-face guitar, a combination that works perfectly with Lambert's winking sense of rock opera drama. What's particularly nice about Velvet: Side A is how it draws upon all of the vintage, vinyl-age aesthetics that have long informed Lambert's sound without coming off as pastiche. These are sleek songs that give you what you paid for: Lambert's powerful vocals and equally powerful personality. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Pop - Released March 20, 2020 | More Is More, LLC - EMPIRE

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Pop - Released June 12, 2015 | Warner Records

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Pop/Rock - Released May 11, 2012 | RCA Records Label

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Three years removed from American Idol, Adam Lambert is finally allowed to shake off the pageantry of the televised talent competition and dive into glitter on his second major-label album, Trespassing. There's a distinct lack of ballads on Trespassing -- they're clustered toward the end of the record, sometimes given a spangled once-over by producer Dr. Luke so they don't feel staid, sometimes hinting at the chilly, austere vistas of Ryan Tedder but sounding grander, warmer in the hands of Lambert. Here, the distance from the stuffiness of Idol is apparent but the heart of Trespassing lies in the first two-thirds of the album, when Lambert is strutting like a glam-disco diva, sparring with Dr. Luke and Pharrell Williams, belting out his hooks with an easy confidence. And he's got some great hooks here, too: big, bright, insistent hooks powering songs that revel in their sleaziness. Lambert matches their appeal, singing with an untrammeled joy suggesting that he's relishing an opportunity to make modern dance music. Williams is his greatest foil -- "Trespassing" and the Michael Jackson-via-Justin Timberlake "Kickin' In" grab immediately -- but that's not to slight the rest of the record, particularly the pulsating Nile Rodgers-fueled funk "Shady" and mirror-plated pop of "Cuckoo." Even if these songs never grace the charts, they sound like inevitable hits and prove that Lambert is a genuine pop star who has now left American Idol far behind. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released November 20, 2009 | RCA Records Label

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Pop/Rock - Released May 11, 2012 | RCA Records Label

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Pop - Released June 12, 2015 | Warner Records

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Adam Lambert shakes off the shackles of the past by returning to his roots on The Original High. No longer with RCA, the label who signed him in the wake of American Idol, Lambert seizes this freedom by reuniting with producers Max Martin and Shellback, the team who gave him his big 2009 hit "Whataya Want from Me," but this is by no means a throwback. Martin and Shellback remain fixtures at the top of the pop charts -- they were instrumental collaborators on Taylor Swift's 1989, the biggest album of 2014 -- and they're a comfortable, stylish fit for the clever Lambert, a singer as comfortable with a glam-disco past as he is an EDM present. The Original High cannily synthesizes these two sides of Lambert, an intersection made explicit on "Lucy," where Adam sings about "diamond dogs" while his Queen bandmate Brian May lays down lead guitar over a crawling electro-beat. Elsewhere, Lambert ratchets up either the rock or the dance, but usually favors the latter, sometimes sliding into full-bore glitter ball territory -- "The Original High," where the beat slowly modulates from disco into EDM and the bonus "These Boys," which shamelessly appropriates the polyester styles of the '70s -- but usually finding an expert balance between pulsating rhythms and gleaming surfaces, not to mention insidiously ingratiating pop hooks. This emphasis on the hook and tune distinguishes The Original High, a record where Martin and Shellback's production, like Adam's soaring vocals, is in service of the song. Although the album can linger on moody noir a little too long -- the lightest material is squired away on the three bonus tracks, each an effervescent delight -- the individual components work on their own merits, whether it's the steely clatter of the Tove Lo duet "Rumours," the elegantly skeletal cinemascapes of "Ghost Town," or the cleanly constructed lines of "Things I Didn't Say." Here, and throughout The Original High, Adam Lambert demonstrates he's in perfect control of his style and sound and knows how to combine both into a sterling modern pop record. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Released June 15, 2015 | Warner Records

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Pop - Released February 4, 2020 | More Is More, LLC - EMPIRE

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Pop - Released December 6, 2019 | More Is More, LLC - EMPIRE

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Pop - Released February 22, 2019 | More Is More, LLC - EMPIRE

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Pop - Released May 15, 2019 | More Is More, LLC - EMPIRE

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Pop/Rock - Released December 3, 2010 | RCA Records Label

Recorded while on tour promoting 2010's For Your Entertainment, Adam Lambert's 2010 five-song EP Acoustic Live! features stripped-down versions of songs from For Your Entertainment as well as the Tears for Fears cover "Mad World." © TiVo
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Pop - Released January 10, 2020 | More Is More, LLC - EMPIRE

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Pop - Released September 4, 2019 | More Is More, LLC - EMPIRE

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Pop - Released June 12, 2015 | Warner Records

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Pop - Released November 27, 2015 | Warner Records

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Pop - Released June 26, 2019 | More Is More, LLC - EMPIRE

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Pop/Rock - Released October 16, 2012 | RCA Records Label

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Pop - Released May 27, 2014 | RCA - Legacy

The 2014 compilation Playlist: The Very Best of Adam Lambert brings together a nice cross section of the singer's material from his time on American Idol through his two solo albums for Sony/RCA. Of the American Idol performances, we get Lambert's take on Tears for Fears' "Mad World," U2's "One," and Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears." Of Lambert's studio albums, here we get the title tracks off 2009's For Your Entertainment and 2011's Trespassing, as well as "Time for Miracles," "Whataya Want from Me," "Can't Let You Go," and others. Also included is "Marry the Night," from Lambert's appearance as the character Elliot "Starchild" Gilbert on Glee. © Matt Collar /TiVo