Adam Lambert Discusses His “Very, Very Personal” Forthcoming AlbumMarch 25, 2015
Adam Lambert’s been talking about his highly anticipated third studio album, and he had some reassuring things to say.
After debuting a snippet from his lead single, “Ghost Town”, it would seem that Adam is making the magazine rounds in preparation for the track’s April 24th release date.
As well as posing for a very rough-and-ready photo-shoot, Lambert sat down with Hunger to talk about ‘The Original High’ and his new musical direction.
Check it out below:
Adam reiterated some of what he’s said before, particularly regarding Max Martin and Shellback’s influence on the record:
“[Max Martin and Shellback] helped me keep a very cohesive sound and mood throughout. Sonically it feels more contemporary than my previous material. It’s definitely pop but not bubblegum. We have avoided camp and theatrics and have favoured a darker, more grounded vibe, and at the same time, it will make you dance!”
Whilst all that’s promising enough, by far the most interesting thing Adam had to say was:
“Lyrically, it’s very very personal, the album has an overall bittersweet feel to it… Instead of being overly specific, most of the songs are more esoteric and so they’re open to interpretation. I’m curious to hear about the individual meaning that people find in the songs dependent on their own situation.”
Join me in breathing a collective sigh of relief, won’t you?
Adam amassed some concern last month when he revealed that he’d made music “for the audience and not for [him]self” – an arguably troubling statement. Usually when an artist reveals that the music is “for the audience” it roughly translates into their own disinterest in the record. However, given the “Fever” belter’s more recent comments, it feels like his previous statement may have just been a poor choice of words.
It feels like pop music is extremely concerned with how “personal” albums are right now. We want to know more and more about our favorite artists and we want to see their own lives reflected in their work, so it makes sense for Adam to utilise this twist in public demand for his forthcoming record.
He also opened up about lead single, “Ghost Town”, saying:
“The first single feels like the perfect introduction to The Original High. It establishes itself in a very earthy, vulnerable way and transforms into a hypnotic dream full of surreal imagery and set to a minimal yet massive deep house beat. The hook will worm its way into your ears after the first listen. Get ready!”
You can read the rest of the interview here, and I strongly suggest you do. Lambert speaks about touring with Queen, being a role model and the advancement of gay rights in music.
What do you think? Excited about ‘The Original High’?