It’s been a long ass time since we’ve heard from the best pop-star American Idol created other than Kelly Clarkson (SORRY, JENN). That’s right the one and only Adam Lambert is making a proper comeback following his massively underrated sophomore record, Trespassing. Adam has since left RCA and refocused his energy on his third studio album, The Original High, with Warner Bros. following his tour with Queen. Teaming up with pop juggernauts Max Martin and Shellback, who also executively produced the record, Adam has described the project as “moody,” “esoteric,” and “not-campy.” So in other words we are ready for something #ALittleMorePersonal.
“Ghost Town” is the first taste from the record, and if it is any indication we are in for something much different than anything we’ve heard from the Idol alum. Starting off with some simple guitar chords, Adam solemnly confesses, “ I tried to believe to believe in God and James Dean, but Hollywood sold out.” Then everything makes a one hell of a U-turn once he declares that his, “heart is a ghost town!” The track doesn’t really have a chorus per-se as it follows the whole #Breakdown trend that has dominated top-40 radio in the recent years. Yet this one is not as obnoxious as say… “Black Widow” or “Dark Horse” considering it swaps the trap stylings of those records for a deeper and darker 90s house throb complete with Bob Sinclair-esque whistles.
While we know Adam has one of the best voices in pop (SORRY, ARI) his delivery is much more hushed and 😦 in comparison to his past songs. The only moment we get a glimpse of his $48 mill insured voice is when he lets it soar high during the middle eight. In all though I really like the song, I just wish it had a little more of a chorus as the song itself is short of hooks from the singer who can actually sing. That being said, the song is undoubtedly exciting… let’s just hope this is far from the best song on the record.