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article imageReview: Adam Lambert dazzles on new 'The Very Best of Adam Lambert' CD Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 14, 2014 in Music
On May 27, pop superstar Adam Lambert's new "Playlist: The Very Best of Adam Lambert" CD was released via the label Sony Legacy.
It features recordings from his days on American Idol, as well as throughout his pop career and a tune that he performed on Glee.
The CD opens with "Mad World," a haunting cover of the melancholic ballad that he sang on American Idol, which inspired all four then-judges (including Simon Cowell) to reward him with a standing ovation, and rightfully so.
It breaks into his soaring performance of the U2 hit "One," where he showcases his incredible vocal range. "The Tracks of My Tears" is a stripped-down, acoustic Motown tune that ought to be enjoyed due to its simplicity.
The power-ballad "Time For Miracles" was Lambert's first major release that was featured on the motion picture 2012. He changes the pace with the upbeat, dance number "For Your Entertainment" which has become an anthem in most clubs.
It is followed by his signature song and Top 10 hit "Whataya Want From Me," which displays the versatility of his artistry. It is no wonder that it garnered him a Grammy nomination for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance."
Another noteworthy dance single is the radio mix of "If I Had You," which is upbeat and electrifying. It deals with the importance of a significant other as opposed to the money, fame and fortune in life. "If I had you, life would be a party, it'd be ecstasy," Lambert sings.
One of my all-time favorite Lambert album cuts is featured on this project, "Aftermath," however, I truly prefer the acoustic version that he played on Idol, when he returned to the show a few years later to sing the tune. This song is all about the lyrics and I feel that only the acoustic one really makes them shine.
The inclusion of "Can't Let You Go" is quite near, especially since it a bonus track from his breakthrough For Your Entertainment CD that is on the U.K. edition of the album.
"Trespassing," the title track of his sophomore album that he co-wrote with Pharrell Williams, is featured as a radio edit and it is reminiscent of a Michael Jackson tune.
"Never Close Our Eyes" is another rocking song that deals with living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment, before it is too late.
"Better Than I Know Myself," which deals with solitude, is one of his most underrated songs. The male narrator admits his faults and realizes that his former flame knows him better than he knows himself. It has a catchy synth-pop beat and despite being a challenging vocal for the average male artist to sing, Lambert belts it out effortlessly.
"Runnin'" is a soothing track from his second studio album and this collection closes with his rendition of the Lady Gaga tune that he sang on Glee, which upstaged the original by "Mother Monster."
The Verdict
Overall, this album is a must for any Adam Lambert fan. It has 14 top-notch songs by one of the most talented male artists out there. It is no wonder that he will be touring again with iconic rock band Queen. This album is recommended for all fans of the pop, dance and adult contemporary music. It garners 5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on Adam Lambert, visit his official website.
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