I've been a fan of Adams since I saw him sing Ring of fire on American Idol, His voice is just the best voice there has been for decades, and he sings with such feeling and artistry there just is no one better. He is also a brilliant showman and has a sparkling personality which shows wonderfully in his début album For Your Entertainment
which has a little bit of everything in it and he does everything well, Rock, Pop, Dance, Ballads, and his own indefinable style.
The one complaint by some fans had been that the production of the album had sometimes overshadowed his unparalleled voice. This is understandable in these times when the producer is king, and frankly there is no one else like Adam for a producer to reference, most artists these days are average singers who need all the help they can get in the production department to make them listenable and the time frame of three months to get the Album out before Christmas 2009 can't have helped at all. Nevertheless it is still a wonderful album, but when it was announced that Adam would be releasing some songs sung Acoustically and Live we were delighted that his voice was going to get the chance again to be the main focus, and in his most comfortable setting Live on stage before an audience.
I was expecting great things of the EP. but when I finally heard it I was astounded that he had managed to surpass even my very high expectations, He sings Whataya want from me? Written by Pink, for which he has gained a Grammy Nomination for best male vocal, and this track demonstrates perfectly why he should win, it is simply exquisite and detailed vocally in a way that I've never heard anyone else do, and it isn't overdone either, every note means something and is there to convey the emotion of the song, his detractors have often accused him of 'grandstanding' but there is none of that here.
Aftermath (Written by him) has the same quality and this version was recorded while on his mostly sold out Glamnation worldwide tour, as was Soaked, written by Mat Bellamy, in which he brings all his ten years of vocal training into use, just absolutely stunning. All tracks are far superior to the studio album versions. The only one where you may miss the bells and whistles of the studio could be Music Again, which benefits from the electric rock guitar sound, but Adam and his band still make it work.
This album is a must for anyone who considers themselves serious about singing as a practitioner or a listener, because as I said before, there simply is no one better out there today.