Adam Lambert
For Your Entertainment


2.5
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Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
November 18th, 2009 | 66 replies | 12,219 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Say hello to the male version of Lady Gaga.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

Most of you know who he is; it’s just a matter of whether or not you dismiss his debut album just by the cover. While it might be one of the worst covers of the year (and quite possibly ever, next to Ken – By Request Only), it is in fact catchy, infectious and boring at the same time. Musical talent aside it’s no phenomenon but it is one of the better American Idol records to date. Filled with many guest writers and stars alike, For Your Entertainment is nothing more than a catchy glam pop record that you will probably listen to a few times and leave it on the stack of mediocre records of 2009.

The album kicks off with “Music Again” which is nothing short of his ambition. He wanted to create a glam record and whilst this is no David Bowie comeback, it’s a glam rock at its best attempt. You’ll hear Lamberts signature falsetto along with a few miniscule riffs. I’m not one for the mainstream pop crap that comes out of the radio in waves but this is definitely better than 95% of that. It has some pretty cheesy lyrics such as “you make me wanna listen to music again” and from the title track “I’m here for your entertainment” but what mainstream music doesn’t have generic, boring lyrics such as the former? “Strut” is more of an electro-pop hit that was crafted with the help of Miss Kara DioGuardi, who if you don’t know has lent her hand to many of today’s female pop singers. The fifth track off this album is sure to be a winner for most alternative rock fans alike as it was written solely for Lambert by Matthew Bellamy of the English alt rock band Muse. It surprisingly has a distinct Muse feel to it, whilst Lambert had nothing to do with the writing of the music or lyrics. It’s probably the slowest song on the album but it really brings something to the album that might not have otherwise made it onto it.

Remember how I said that he has quite a few guest writers on this album? Well in all honesty he actually only contributed to 4 of the 16 tracks, none of which he wrote on his own. “A Loaded Smile” was written for Lambert solely by one of the former members of 4 Non Blondes, Linda Perry. I’m not sure if this track was his attempt at a soft, poetic sense of his self ego but it just does not work for him. “If I Had You” brings Adam back to his electro-pop stylistics. Honestly most of the time variety is a better thing when it comes to making albums but even though it has varying senses of differences it just isn’t enough to save Lambert from a disappointing record.

“Pick U Up” is another pseudo-ballad that was actually co-written with the help of Rivers Cuomo. While it sounds nothing like anything Weezer has done it is actually one of the least dreary songs of the album. Here is the point in my review where my tagline with Lady Gaga will make sense. She helped him write the track “Fever” which is by far the most glam sounding track of the entire album. It basically makes him sound and portray himself as a male version of Lady Gaga. It’s got an infectious, catchy chorus paired with some pretty plain but effective beats that make it one of the most fun songs of the record. While there isn’t a whole lot of guitar work on the album there is some and most of it is in the song “Aftermath.” For you Idol watchers reading, this song will most likely remind you strongly of David Cook or Chris Daughtry at times as it sounds like a b-side from one of their albums. The rest of the album is just as you’d expect boring, dreary, long and overall a frustration.

I think you and I both know that of the 14 tracks on this album at least 7 of them will make singles for the radio (at this point 3 have already). That is exactly what American Idol is about. They don’t select a winner to go ahead and make the music that they truly want to, it’s all about the money, album sales and the AI tour they do every year. While Lambert didn’t win the 8th season of the show, he stole the show with his glam inspired makeup, homosexual orientation and wild, high pitched singing. He did something that basically no other contestant has ever done: he pushed the limits and stuck out. You knew that you weren’t going to be getting much when you initially heard about this album anyways, so try not to be too crushed. Let’s just bow our heads and thank the good lord above that there was no Lady Gaga duet.

Listen: Music Again, For Your Entertainment, Soaked, Fever and Time For Miracles.

Stream: http://www.myspace.com/adamlambert



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Blindsided
November 18th 2009



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Stream: http://www.myspace.com/adamlambert

Album as you can see was meh. Quick 30 min write up so let me know if I messed up anywhere. Fever is pretty catchy though so check that out.

YouAreMySilence
November 18th 2009



3727 Comments


the male version of Lady Gaga.

think you messed up there.

MentalityOfA
November 18th 2009



1213 Comments


The album cover....
Is the rest of the album like that at all?

Digging: Chevelle - La Gargola

Blindsided
November 18th 2009



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Some songs are glam-like, but not too many. Some of the faster songs like Fever, Music Again and For Your Entertainment are about as close as it gets to glam. It's definitely different than the cover would portray.

YouAreMySilence
November 18th 2009



3727 Comments


And

"Down the Rabbit Hole"

Can you explain that track.. please.

Blindsided
November 18th 2009



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lol unfortunatly I didn't get the iTunes version. I will see if I can find it and explain it for you. I just had 1-14.

Edit: Fixed the name thanks.

theacademy
November 18th 2009



27669 Comments


rivers* cuomo

"river" is a girls' name

MrGlass
November 18th 2009



326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so far I'm really liking this.

YouAreMySilence
November 18th 2009



3727 Comments


..gross

cirq
November 18th 2009



9257 Comments


What the fuck is this shit??

KILL
November 18th 2009



67023 Comments


yer wtf

Digging: Picchio dal Pozzo - Picchio dal Pozzo

cvlts
November 18th 2009



8917 Comments


...the fuck?

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

BallsToTheWall
November 18th 2009



44164 Comments


Good review. this sounds...super!!

bloc
November 18th 2009



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i'm going to have to give this a listen

Digging: Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead

PanasonicYouth
November 18th 2009



7410 Comments


oh man fappin to the cover
gets a 5 just for that

Poet
November 18th 2009



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yep, listening to this later today.

Demonicgman
November 18th 2009



417 Comments


He's not really a man by societal standards. Maybe his sex is (as in anatomy), but definitely not his gender.

Titan50
November 18th 2009



4588 Comments


fap

shortz
November 18th 2009



201 Comments


"While Lambert didn’t win the 8th season of the show, he sold the show with his glam inspired makeup.."

Do you mean he stole the show?

Anyway, good review, but will not be checking this out.

Blindsided
November 18th 2009



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow can't believe I missed that thanks shortz!



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