Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment

30 11 2009

One night, a long, long time ago, in a dirty hotel room full of empty booze bottles and used condoms, David Bowie, Jon Bon Jovi, and Cher had a threesome – or ménage à trois if you prefer- and pooped out Adam Lambert.

I’ll leave it up to you as to whether or not that’s a good thing. I’ve listened to For Your Entertainment multiple times now, and I’m quite honestly just feeling ambivalent about the whole thing. I am a poor soul who is forced by people in my life to watch American Idol every year. Last season, Lambert was the only thing that got me through that show. He was my sparkly, glittery, makeup-y shining star. And I have to say that I’m disappointed. This whole album is just so, “meh”, and no matter how much I listen to it, I can’t get a feeling of who Adam Lambert is, or what his music’s about. The album is disorganized and doesn’t seem to flow.  It feels like he’s just a tool for the music of multiple other people. A player for a mixtape type of thing. There are a few bright moments in the album, songs that I like to classify as “gay anthem songs” – songs that I expect to be remixed and blaring when I go out to the gay clubs. These include Fever, Sleepwalker, and If I Had You.  I’ll shake my bootie along to these songs when I’m out on Saturday night, but in my head I’ll be thinking about how disappointed I am.

Adam, for your next record, stick to the anthems, buddy!

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M. Ward, Hold Time

24 02 2009

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Normally the easiest way to make me throw up in my mouth is to offer up any kind of country or folk music. However, when it comes to alt. country/folk rocker, M. Ward, I make an exception. More specifically, when it comes to M. Ward’s latest record, Hold Time. Hold Time brings a bluesy and, at times, lush and dreamy feel to M. Ward’s usual country folk sound. It’s the real deal, and, in my opinion, Ward’s best offering yet. The album features contributions from Zooey Deschanel, Jason Lytle, and Lucinda Williams (on an awesome rework of Oh Lonesome Me). Check it out, you can stream the entire album for free at Spinner.

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