Review: Adam Lambert, ‘For Your Entertainment’

Review: Adam Lambert, ‘For Your Entertainment’: Aidin Vaziri | There’s no way Adam Lambert was going to win “American Idol.” For a conformist audience that found even Chris Daughtry too edgy a few seasons back, this year’s runner-up must have seemed like a total weirdo: an androgynous 27-year-old from San Diego with jet-black hair and a glass-shattering falsetto who sang songs by Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson with equal, unfettered enthusiasm. Outside of the starmaking competition, however, he has trounced champion Kris Allen, whose album of anemic power ballads arrived with little fanfare. From that glammed-up cover that makes Lady Gaga seem tame to the blaring Giorgio Moroder-style production, everything about Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” feels huge. It’s an album powered by bombast and attitude, yes, but it’s also so smartly crafted that it doesn’t feel as if a note is wasted. Lambert comes on stronger than he did on the show, properly belting out predestined blockbusters such as “Whataya Want From Me” and “Strut.” But when he broods on sweeping ballads such as “A Loaded Smile” and the Aerosmith-influenced “Time for Miracles,” he’s at his best, delivering the future prom ballads with the easy confidence of a real winner.

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