Pop-star and American Idol runner up Adam Lambert has always been a bit left of center. His flamboyant style and angelic voice have garnered him quite the reputation and a massive base of loyal fans. After a stint fronting iconic glam-rock band Queen, Lambert is finally embracing his darker side on his third full-length album The Original High, which is his first since departing from RCA Records in favor of Warner Brothers Records.
Adam opens his latest effort with the debut single “Ghost Town”, which while being an extremely catchy dance-influenced track, sets the tone for the emotional temperature lyrically. This album starts off personal and delves deeper and deeper providing Lambert’s most telling and musically dynamic work to date.
“Another Lonely Night” is an impressive stand-out track about the loneliness of letting go of a passed relationship. “Rumors” is yet another massively catchy song where Adam lets his new found sense of self and maturity shine through. However, “There I Said It” is my personal favorite song from the pop-star. Being both haunting instrumentally and raw lyrically, you instantly feel in the moment and fully understand every feeling felt to capture such a performance.
The most impressive thing about The Original High is the former Idol’s focus on having complete and moving songs rather than just singing as many impressive notes as possible. This recognition shows that he has made the best of learning from the talented people he has been lucky enough to be surrounded by. While mostly his best work so far, The Original High does lack that one hard driving track you’d expect. While there are a lot of fantastic numbers, there’s never a sunny break from the down tempo and solemn mood carried throughout.
I can count among the many who wondered what the future would hold for Adam Lambert’s music after his successful touring stints with Queen. While we don’t know for sure where the future will lead Lambert, it’s apparent that The Original High is a step-up artistically and emotionally. I can only hope that through truly finding the person he wants to be, Lambert keeps making music as beautiful as this album for all of us looking for an alternative to the same pop songs a majority of forgettable pop-artist release like clock-work.