… and the Top 5 songs he needs to listen to if he wants to become a breakout star.
Adam Lambert returned to the national stage recently.
Did you hear about it? Unless you are a die-hard member of the GlamNation, probably not.
Lambert in late January performed his new song Better Than I know Myself on the “Tonight Show,” with Jay Leno and later the same song on “Ellen.”
American Idol’s greatest star back on television! Should be awesome, right?
Unfortunately, not. That’s because Lambert sang an undeniably awful song.
The man who revolutionized “American Idol” in 2009 with his stunning live performances is back with his second album. But from the sounds of his first single, his best days may be well behind him, or far ahead of him.
Sadly, it’s certainly not now.
As the music world readies to celebrate its most commercially successful at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Lambert is barely in the conversation of musical relevance anymore. And that’s ridiculous, considering that Lambert can perform and sing as well as anybody who will take the Grammy Stage this Sunday.
That’s because Lambert, as open and honest and fearless and daring as he is, still has not found his true identity as a pop artist.
His big first single is an overproduced, sappy, annoying train wreck, only saved by the Lambert’s amazing vocals — when they aren’t overpowered by the song’s painful production and arrangement. (He also sported a ridiculously awesome hair flip)
Better Than I Know Myself, sounds like a song written for another Idol alumni, baby-faced teenager David Archuleta, not Adam Lambert.
Why can’t the people around Lambert get out of his way and let him sing they way he does best? Hint: Lambert sings like Elvis, Freddie Mercury and Smokey Robinson – combined into one.
Get out of his way and let him sing.
I have no idea how much control Lambert has over his songs on the new album. In a few interviews he’s said that his new album, “Trespassing,” will be more of a reflection of him, than his debut album, “For Your Entertainment,” which was a schizophrenic mess, with no thematic soul to the album.
He had some great songs, including, Sleepwalker, Whattaya Want From Me and Aftermath.
But Lambert doesn’t need any gimmicks. They only hurt him.
The formula is simple: if you have an artist with limited talented, dress he or she up and let the music just be part of the overall act (Think Katy Perry). If you have an artist such as Lambert, get out of his way and let him sing.
His voice is all he needs.
If Lambert wants to save his career and become commercially and critically relevant he needs to shed whomever is currently tell him what to do. If he’s the one calling the shots in his career, which I doubt, then he needs to re-evaluate what his strengths are and hit the reset button.
He’s too talented to fail.
If Lambert is serious about being more than an Idol memory, he needs a serious musical and gimmick makeover. Someone needs to sit him down and wake him up.
In the meantime, here’s some easy therapy for man with the best voice in the business. Listen. Learn. Be yourself.
- Waiting (Reprise). George Michael’s 2:25 seconds of artistic heaven speak to the soul. It’s a song about hope, redemption and reconciliation. With a simple acoustic guitar in the background, Michael’s voice shines. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erKFuUl4ytY
- Didn’t We Almost Have It All. Tragically departed Whitney Houston gives a little-known, but sexy and sensational performance of one of her iconic songs in this live performance in New York. This was when Whitney could still sing and was untouchable. Lambert has the ability to perform like this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_4PlM85NJo
- One More Try, George Michael. Michael’s big ’80s ballad cemented him as an icon. Honest, pure and raw, Michael spoke to your heart. The background music highlights his voice, doesn’t take away from it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG5N3GC-m20&ob=av3e
- Simple Together, Alanis Morissette. If this heart-wrenching song about love lost can’t inspire Lambert, nothing will. Alanis, still, on a chair opens up, revealing her remorse in her vulnerable eyes, with an incomparable vocal performance. Alanis performed this on the “Late Show” with David Letterman. Flawless.
- Tracks of My Tears, Adam Lambert. Yes, above all else, he needs to listen to himself. He emerged as an Idol frontrunner when he sang Tracks of My Tears, on the show. He slowed the pop classic down and re-invented it as a ballad, in a flawless Idol performance.
That’s where Lambert needs to go — back to the beginning. No matter how talented he is, the music industry is harsh, and it waits for nobody.
On his first album, Lambert sings a tremendous song, Aftermath, about taking a chance, taking a risk, doing what’s right and not worrying about the consequences, because it will be OK, in the aftermath.
Toward the end of the song, he says:
Before you break, you have to shed your armor/take a trip and fall into the glitter.
Fall into the glitter, Adam.