For Your Entertainment Tour Edition (CD/DVD) CD+DVD
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Adam Lambert rose to fame during the 8th season of American Idol, in which he was the runner-up. After impressing the judges with his performances of such songs as “Mad World,” “Ring of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “The Tracks of My Tears,” Lambert’s experience culminated in performing “We Are the Champions” on stage with Queen. Although Adam Lambert wasn’t the official winner of American Idol 2009 he has emerged as the real star, gracing covers of Rolling Stone magazine (the highest selling issue of 2009) and Details magazine.
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Two of the album's songs are personal favourites of mine: 'Whataya Want From Me?', a beautiful ballad that was written and recorded by Pink, and 'Aftermath', a very positive and inspiring song with great lyrics that speak to me.
However, none of the other songs on the album come close to these two. I didn't like the title track 'For Your Entertainment' at first, but it grew on me. 'Pick U Up', 'Fever', 'Music Again' and 'If I Had You' are all good, catchy 80s style pop/rock songs, but all the rest I've never really took too.
However, this is great for a debut, Adam is very versatile and talented and I'm sure he'll continue to be successful for years to come. With two excellent songs, and five other good ones, this album is certainly worthy of four stars.
Just buy this CD...play it loud, and blast yourself off to Planet Adam. It's absolutely fantastic.
It's impossible to listen to this without dancing, singing, strutting, smiling - just wow! Of the 14 tracks, every one of them could be a hit single. But thanks to Adam's influence and amazing vocal range, they're all still esoteric enough that they aren't overly commercial, and there's something for everyone - a song for every mood. The previews don't do it justice.
The CD kicks off with the playful adrenaline rush of Justin Hawkins' 'Music Again', then there's the addictive electro/dance glam rock shuffle of 'For Your Entertainment', the perfect pop rock angst of Pink's 'Whataya Want From Me', and the fantastically over-the-top dance/rock empowerment vibe of 'Strut', after which Adam's darkly dramatic vocals soar into another world on Muse's stunning 'Soaked'. 'Sure Fire Winners' picks up the pace again with a harder glam rock edginess and some trademark wails, followed by the gorgeously minimal falsetto contradiction of 'A Loaded Smile'. This CD just goes on forever, and every track seems better than the last. 'If I Had You' has an impossibly catchy techno disco beat, 'Pick U Up' is a completely addictive pop/rock track with electrifying vocals, and that's followed by Lady Gaga's brilliant retro dance track 'Fever'. Adam's glammily over-the-top cat-dragged-in vocals on 'Fever' are out of this world, and completely different to anything else on here. But there's more still - the last third of the CD tones it down a bit and reaches a dream-like state with the haunting 'Sleepwalker', the anthemic positivity of 'Aftermath', and the beautiful, ethereal heartbeat which is 'Broken Open', one of the 4 tracks which Adam co-wrote. 'Time for Miracles', a classic American power ballad from the film 2012 has been included as the final, bonus track. There are also two extra bonus tracks out there which aren't on the CD - 'Masterplan' and the hypnotic 'Down the Rabbit Hole', a fantastic alternative techno track which Adam also co-wrote.
All of this is makes for quite an eclectic mix - and it is pure Adam. There are echoes of the various directions he was going in pre-Idol - with the grunge rock band Citizen Vein (alongside Monte Pittman, currently guitarist in Adam's band), his glam OTT Zodiac Show performances, and his Digital Glitter techno dance tracks. But 'For Your Entertainment' is fresh and beautifully produced, with great songs and a lot of high-powered input.
Adam's personality and eccentricities run through the lyrics and leap out of the speakers, while that astonishing voice twists and turns thorough each song as if on some demented interplanetary rollercoaster.
It's all For Your Entertainment. Stunning.
1. Music Again: You can really hear the Justin Hawkins influence on this one, with little tasters of old Def Leppard on the "You Can Give It To Me" shout. A gorgeous little showcase for Adam's raspy, gravelly, sexy,.....*coughs* moving on...
2. For Your Entertainment: Sweet mother of divine disco, I defy anyone to listen to this and not be at least a teeny bit turned on. It's a downright pulsating, dirty, (but NOT profane, which is one of the best things about this album - he doesn't throw in a few swear words just to try and impress)and overall one of those songs that you just feel your shoulders beginning to move to, and if I denied dancing round the kitchen to this one while performing a few head flips and stomps, well....I'd be lying. Catchiest song I've heard in a loooong time.
3. Whatya Want From Me: Gorgeous, soft rock ballad with really heartfelt lyrics, a gorgeous chorus, and a really nice beat. Adam's voice is really nice on this one, very strong on the chorus.
4. Strut: Sorry, Kara DioGuardi, but this one didn't overly impress me at ALL. It's okay, and it's bearable to listen to, but it's just a bit...blah.
5. Soaked: From the instant the orchestra kicks in at the start, you can hear the Matt Bellamy (Muse) influence, and Adam's voice is very, very similar to Bellamy's in parts - but being a huge Muse fan, that's no bad thing. A beautiful song that shows off the softer side of Adam's voice to perfection.
6. Sure Fire Winners: Really good little number with electronica-type sounds in the background, Adam on fine rock-God-vocal form, a nice all-rounder pop/rock number.
7. A Loaded Smile: A really dreamy, easy listening song with a nice beat and soft, high vocals from Adam. Reminds me of late-night radio way back when.
8. If I Had You: Another brilliant foot-stomping pop/rock number, with Adam on strong vocal form, great drums, fantastic beat, and a seriously catchy chorus. Quite summery actually, can imagine blasting this one out the car window, annoying everyone as per usual...
9. Pick You Up: A little reminiscent of early disco numbers, another great little poppy number with a catchy bridge and chorus- "Imma Pick You Up..." Adam, you're welcome to.
10. Fever: Ah, so we come to the offering from Lady Gaga...fantastic. A brilliant dance number (with a part that kinda reminds me of that song "Cars" for some reason) that sees Adam on fine dirty disco form.
11. Sleepwalker: Nice song, co-written by Ryan Tedder, nice middle-of-the-road ballad with a strong chorus.
12. Aftermath: This is one of those tunes that reminds me of early 90's long-wave radio, it's a gorgeous little up-tempo rock ballad with writing credits from Allisan Porter (who played Curly Sue in the film of the same name, trivia fans) with some seriously high notes in the backing vocals. Gorgeous.
13. Broken Open: Starts off slowly, with booming background sounds and Adam's voice soft and dreamy, then builds to a strong middle and finish. At one point I thought I heard bagpipes, but I have been duly informed by the other half that I am in fact raving, and it was some kind of electronica. That's me told then.
14. Time for Miracles: Featured on the 2012 soundtrack, a really nice country-esque pop ballad that builds into a strong, sweeping chorus.
Well, that's my review. I'm a mum-of-one in my mid-20s, my Mum is in her 50's, my other half usually never listens to anything that wasn't sung by Journey, and my little sister is going through an obscure hip-hop phase. We ALL loved this CD. There's really something there for everyone, and even the weakest song on there (in my humble opinion, Strut) isn't bad enough to skip.
Embrace the glitter, find your eyeliner, and buy this. You won't be disappointed.
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