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CD Review: Adam Lambert - Acoustic Live!

Adam Lambert

The voice that America remembers from Season 8 of American Idol takes center stage on the new Adam Lambert Acoustic Live! EP, which was released via iTunes this week.

What we hear on this release, which was hidden and somewhat secondary on the For Your Entertainment album, is the voice that most fell in love with each week during AI. The most powerful pipes in rock and roll are back, just like we remembered. Even the cover for the EP is something I was personally hoping for when the first album came out – gritty, punk and glam all rolled up into one with a flash of the peace sign thrown in for good measure. It’s his best and most accurate cover art to date.

I could listen to album after album of Adam Lambert’s rock and roll and acoustic music, much like we heard on the American Idol show and tour. For Your Entertainment had a small sample of the rock side of the Glamorous One, but mainly focused on being a collection of cool songs by some of the best songwriters around. The flashy production of the album hid the voice at times and shuffled big production with big beats.
Acoustic Live! is the complete opposite of For Your Entertainment. What we get, for the most part, is pure Monte Pittman (who also the guitarist for Madonna) and Adam Lambert – although the other band members are there.

The song choices are very good, featuring Whataya Want From Me, Music Again, Aftermath, Soaked and Mad World, taken from promotional performances and Glam Nation shows. It might have been nice to hear an acoustic stab at Sleepwalker or the forgotten Time For Miracles from the movie 2012. What is nice about the EP though is that it is just that – it’s an EP. It would have been a pompous mistake to re-record the whole For Your Entertainment CD as an acoustic release, but the 5-song EP is a sweet sampler.

Lambert fans will love everything he releases regardless, but this release should be noted for bringing Lambert back to some of the fans that enjoyed the American Idol rocker. For them, what For Your Entertainment lacked was a showcase for the voice that generated millions of votes each week. And with Acoustic Live! they get it.

Acoustic Live! is the best representation of Lambert’s voice to date and the CD cover resembles some of the greatest punk rock albums of all time. A must for the Glam Nation and a good re-introduction to the old American Idol well-wishers.

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Comments (38)
  • glittzchick
    Lovely Adam. :love: Thank you for giving two of the greatest nights of my life this summer. :) The EP is gorgeous, angelic, startling beautiful.

    You've touched so many hearts. The world has been waiting for you and didn't even know it. It's brought great joy to watch .you conquer the world this year.

    As soon as the first show ended, I started working on tickets for a second. It's true; the bliss you feel just makes you want more...and more...and more...You make love to us all with your voice, and the room becomes so full of passion that we all leave the concert as changed people.

    Looking forward to next CD, next shows, seeing you soar. 2010 was your year. :D 2011 will be, too. And 2012, and....

    So many people love you. Thank you for the pleasure you bring to our lives. (And the new cover kicks ass! :0
  • Beth Yockey  - A Balanced Sample
    As much as I love Sleepwalker (and it is definitley one of my favs), if he wanted a 5 song EP, something else would have had to go -- probably Music Again. That would have left 4 ballads and only one uptempo song. So I'm guessing balance of styles had something to do with the final song selection.
  • rose  - great to read these reviews
    great comments; agreed Sleepwalker would've been superfantabulous addition. I love this version of Mad World so much I can't stand it. So glad to see him coming back into the more visible public eye. He does have that wonderful f-u attitude which is so bold because really it's not disrespectful, it's given with a big smile, respectful and courteous remarks all the time, and a very innocent, nice guy next-door delivery but it's all about - hey, I am what I am, if you don't like it go f- yourself.
  • Kim  - Was There Any Doubt?
    I must admit that as time has gone by, Adam is no longer the only artist I listen to.....until this EP. This took me back to American Idol when I rushed home from work and pulled my hair out waiting for Adam to sing.....then frantically buying his song (both the live and studio versions) and the slide into depression having to wait another week for him to perform again. He was my addiction and I must say, after this EP fix, I am hooked again. Even the two songs that were not my top favorites, Music Again and Aftermath, I cannot get enough of them. Mad World sped up was great...I was ready to be disappointed as I LOVED the slow version, but I should have known is Adam after all, and he does not disappoint. Soaked is so full of emotion as is Whataya Want From Me, which again not at the top of my favs but is now. MAJOR kudos to Mr. Monte Pittman who does with a guitar what Adam does with his voice.....chills! I would love to have had Broken Open on this EP though, and Sleepwalker.......Adam, thank you for making my heart beat faster once again. I can't say enough about this EP.....can't wait for your next album....whatever you decide to put on it. Hurry Up, I need another fix!
  • Karen  - Incredible...
    I would have loved the inclusion of an acoustic version of Sleepwalker as well. His rendition at Nova FM would have been perfect. I also would have helped promote it in Canada where it is a current single: *1* :love:

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