Thursday, September 24, 2009

Adam Lambert Album Update: More Producers, More Tweets

There's never been a contestant quite like Adam Lambert on "American Idol." Actually, forget "Idol" — there's never been a major-label artist quite like Adam Lambert. So it's understandable that "Idol" — and music — fans are clamoring for any and all tidbits they hear about his still-untitled 19 Recordings/RCA debut, which hits stores on November 24. On "Idol," Lambert proved that he could rock just as loud as Axl Rose and deliver vocals as tender as Jeff Buckley, while on the "American Idols Live!" tour, the "rock gawd" turned David Bowie's "Fame" into a playful, sexual romp.

With all that creativity busting out of the seams (of his stylish trenchcoats), the album could go in a million different directions. No wonder we're all dying to know what it will actually sound like. The suspense is killing me!

Thankfully, Lambert has been dropping a few hints on Twitter this past week, so let's investigate.

This past Saturday, Adam mentioned he was going into the studio with Rob Cavallo, who produced "A Time For Miracles," the Lambert tune to be featured in the upcoming flick "2012." Since nobody has heard it yet (except for Queen's Brian May, who said he was "completely blown away" by the song) we can only assume that any future tracks by Cavallo for Lambert will be equally life-changing. Score!

Then on Sunday, Adam tweeted, "In Denver recording w/ Ryan Tedder! Get ready for your sonic lobotomy!" "Sonic lobotomy" sounds uber-promising! Ryan Tedder, however, does not. I don't know about you guys, but as much as I dig "Halo" and "Already Gone" and "Battlefield" and "Bleeding Love," Tedder's songs are all starting to sound the same to me. (Even Kelly Clarkson thought so.) Here's hoping Tedder digs deep to give Adam an extra-special track (or ten).

Then last night, Lambert wrote, "Denver Tedder sessions were major! Looking forward to working with the fantastic Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly tomorrow!" He quickly followed that up with two more tweets: "I know it sounds corny, but this album is a dream come true. I am lucky to be working with the best producers & writers in the world!" and "Get ready to shake yo asses! There be some beats a-comin'!"

Beats a-comin'! A dream come true! Shaking posteriors! Yay! I'm very happy that Adam's happy. I'm also relieved that despite having "'Idol' runner-up" status, he's had no trouble enlisting the hottest collaborators working right now. Claude Kelly's knob-twiddling helped Lady Gaga emerge as a radio-staple, while Dr. Luke is practically synonymous with the term "hit record," having helmed huge singles by Britney, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus and Pink. (It's also important to note that several members of Adam's team are also working on songs for "Idol" cohorts Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta.)

I'll save my rant about how I wish Adam was also enlisting some lesser-known-but-equally-impressive songwriters and producers (like the Knife and Basement Jaxx) for another blog entry. It doesn't feel right to kvetch about who he is working with when I haven't heard a single note of an Adam Lambert song yet. (Despite reports that a rumored first single called "Strut" is making the rounds to industry insiders, MTV News hasn't received it. WTF?) All I will say is that Adam has the potential to be bigger than a Top 40 act, and I just hope the A-listers on Adam's album also bring their A-game.

While I go figure out a way to eliminate the month of October to bring us that much closer to Adam's (and Kris') release dates, leave a comment below and let us know what aspect of Lambert's impressive "Idol" oeuvre you hope is represented on his major-label debut.

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  1. I hope Adam's unbelievable voice is not covered up or synthesized too much. I want to know it is really Adam in the purest form!!! He is incredible!!!