Adam Lambert’s The Original High: What You Need To Know
The dark prince of pop returns today (June 15th) with his brand new album The Original High, here’s everything you need to know about it…
What’s the background?
This is the American Idol winner’s first album since 2012’s Trespassing and the third of his career. It’s also his first for new label for Warner Brothers who he signed with days after leaving RCA Records.
Lambert has spent a large chunk of the last two years performing live with Queen, touring with Brian May and Roger Taylor as they cris-crossed the world and belted out all of their old classics. That tour only wrapped up in February and, after some down time, Lambert is focusing on his solo career once again.
Who’s producing it?
Lambert has called in all the big guns for this album. Max Martin and Shellback, both of whom are credited with helping Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson write their biggest hits, pop up a couple of times. There are also turns from Carolina Lina collaborator Tobias Karlsson, Ilya Salmanzadeh, the man who co-wrote Ariana Grande’s smash hit ‘Problem’ and Mitch Allam, who helped Clarkson recently pen ‘Heartbeat Song’.
Plenty of pedigree we’re sure you’ll agree…
What does it sound like?
Lambert himself has described this album as less theatrical and more straightforwardly pop and he’s right there. You can hear a lot more disco and EDM high in the mix, with the tracks driven by wimping grooves and driving rhythms. ‘Another Lonely Night’ has the same feel as many of Calvin Harris’s mellower moments, ‘Ghost Town’ begins life as a drifting ballad but then drifts into full on club banger, while ‘Evil In The Night’ is a jiving pop number, the kind Olly Murs would be very happy to put his name to.
This album is a lot more pop, plenty more mainstream and a lot, lot dancier. None of those are bad things.
Any special guests?
He’s got two. One is his recent bandmate Brian May who adds some of his iconic guitar licks to ‘Lucy’, while rising star Tove Lo also lends Lambert a hand on a track titled ‘Rumours’.
Does it deliver?
This is a big pop album full of massive tunes, if this doesn’t make Lambert an absolute household name, it’s hard to imagine what will.
Adam Lambert’s new album The Original High is out now and can be purchased here.