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Adam Lambert: 'Trespassing' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Jul 9 2012

Adam Lambert: 'Trespassing'
It's fair to say we were shocked when we found out that Adam Lambert was the first openly gay artist to top the US Billboard chart with his latest studio album back in May. It's no easy feat for a reality show runner-up to come back stronger with a second album, let alone do it in an industry that commonly fears an alternative sexual preference as a marketing disadvantage.

Nevertheless, it's Lambert's unabashed approach that is the main appeal on his new collection. "I ain't got no BS in my bag/ That's one thing you can believe," he declares on title track 'Trespassing' - flanked by a stomping Queen-inspired beat and a funky bassline Michael Jackson would have found hard to resist. It's a bold opening statement, but one that is carried on throughout the remainder of the record.

Follow-up track 'Cuckoo' reinforces the US star's balls-out bravado as he commands, "Walk that walk like you don't give a f**k," over a powerhouse mix of techno synths and speaker-shaking thuds. Elsewhere, 'Shady' hears Lambert team up with Nile Rodgers and Sam Sparro for a prowling funk number about underground sex dungeons, while latest single 'Never Close Our Eyes' cements his ability to master a bona fide pop anthem.

However, the record isn't completely dominated by promiscuous uptempo stompers. 'Underneath' is a poignantly powerful ballad that hears Adam showcase his broad vocal range, while touching upon his more vulnerable nature ("Everybody wants to talk about a freak/ No-one wants to dig that deep"). It results in Trespassing being a full-bodied piece of pop artistry that doesn't take notice of industry barriers and is all the more better for it.



Tracks to download: 'Trespassing', 'Cuckoo', 'Underneath'
If you like this, you'll like: Sam Sparro, Kelly Clarkson, Pink

Watch the music video for Adam Lambert's 'Never Close Our Eyes' below:

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