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Baltin: Were there things about some of these songs that pleasantly surprised you when you got into singing them? More than 15 years ago, David Archuleta became a national celebrity thanks to his time on American Idol. Put bluntly, its lyrics about coming to terms with the passage of time hit a bit differently coming from someone a fair bit older and further into his career. The gravitas towards all things dramatic is ever present throughout his latest offering ‘High Drama’ – an album of bold reimagined tracks personally curated by the singer himself. But when you've lived that life for 58 years and you've gone through all that there's a depth and a wisdom you can only get from experience.

Since bursting onto the scene on American Idol in 2009, Adam Lambert has enjoyed both pop stardom and, of course, a successful run fronting legendary rock group Queen on tour since 2011. Lambert is no stranger to this interpretative body of work and shows it from the onset of the record.Tracks like "Holding Out For A Hero," the Bonnie Tyler '80s classic, and Sia's hit "Chandelier" ooze Lambert's rocket-high falsettos and thunderous instrumentation. An experienced musician as Lambert is working with top producers such as Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves, Carly Rae Jepsen), Andrew Wells (Halsey, OneRepublic), and more to create a record that is beyond a covers album: it is an experienced display of composition, and how to reframe music to new audiences. Mike has contributed to a number of digital music podcasts and publications including the Rock’N Vino Podcast and The Download Parlor.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA Enterprise and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Mad About the Boy” was released as the lead single from the album on October 7, 2022 with “Ordinary World” released as the second on December 13, 2022. The properly established American Idol alumnus – and Queen showstopper – does it with flair in High Drama, an album of cover songs that strikes a delicate balance between the familiar and the truly novel. I said to my team, I wish I had new music to put out on the quick side for all of my beautiful fans and the idea for a covers album felt like we could get that done quicker.That balance is the anatomy of a cover song: a stylised production that borrows from an artist the vitals and encases them in a fleshier, fresher sound. Portrayed by young actor Phoenix Notary in a chimp suit, and with some effects assistance, Spanky has plenty to do in this story, though he looks barely credible most of the time. Over the past decade, I've explored a few different areas and sounds and energies, and I feel like part of this new chapter in my career is me being really clear on who I am, and what I am, and what I'm not. Previously, Mike produced KSRO’s “The Drive with Steve Jaxon” drive-time radio show since 2008, covering news, music, pop culture, politics and more. On his cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero,” the take is nearly unrecognizable from the original; it’s more in the proggy direction of Muse’s “Uprising.

High Drama is the fifth studio album and first cover album by Adam Lambert, released on February 24, 2023. And in some moments, looking back, that might have been a disservice to the overall presentation of the song. Lambert: And I feel for me, I can look back on the stuff I did on Idol, and even the beginning of my journey with Queen and I watched performances and I'm like, I think a couple different things.High Drama works best in those moments where Lambert manages to make a cover feel like it belongs to him as much as to the original artist. And I think the other mission on this album was not only to kind of create this rock star sonic atmosphere, but hopefully I'm also sharing my voice with people. Two more standout tracks are the atmospheric take on Duran Duran's 'Ordinary World', and a gloriously camp, glam rock version of Bonnie Tyler's 'Holding Out for a Hero'. While many likely won’t have the context of the original, Lambert again elevates it into a lively blues-rock territory. High Drama’, is a wonderfully diverse collection of covers with a twist, held together by Adam’s once-in-a-generation voice and trademark flair.

What used to be the intro of the song is now the bridge in the middle, it starts out with the chorus as opposed to a verse. But Lambert tells me during our recent Zoom chat he is just now getting more comfortable with his voice and role in music. Baltin: I love "My Attic" because it's such a beautiful song, but I love songs that really speak with simplicity. I’ve done that on Idol, obviously… and Queen is essentially sort of a covers situation, even though I’m in the band.Songs range from the more recent, Pink's 'My Attic', Billie Eilish's 'Getting Older', an epic rock re-imagining of Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast', to the beautiful interpretation of Noel Coward's classic 'Mad About The Boy'. Discover and listen to new music releases and 2024's best new album releases this week and every week here. While we absolutely need someone to bring us glam rock stump and queer dance pop, Lambert's once in a generation voice is capable of so much more. It's an update that feels in line with Lambert's sound and aesthetic, while paying homage to a specific forebearer who paved the way for his career. Conceptually, High Drama by Adam Lambert is relatively simple: The powerhouse vocalist takes a some of his favorite songs, turns them on their head and adds a dramatic flair.

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