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For Your Entertainment album review via Twitter. Grahamorama is Adam Graham, a music and popculture writer for the Detroit News. He was not really a fan of the single.
Updated Review by Adam Graham
1. Music Again: [Not a standout]
2. For Your Entertainment: [Already reviewed]
3. Whataya Want From Me: [Not a standout]
4. Strut: Strut and a few of the others up front all sounded kind of samey, at least on 1 listen. For me, the 1st third was the weakest
5. Soaked: TOTALLY getting his Muse on in 'Soaked'...; Really like Soaked -- it's Muse-tastic. 4 me, album really starts w/ Soaked. Soaked is killer, it's his Muse track, really breaks things up after the sameness of the first four disco glam explorations.
6. Sure Fire Winners: [Out of Strut, Music Again, SFW and Whatdya Want From Me] SFW is the best of that bunch. The rest kind of run together, at least after 1 listen. First verse: "All the girls and the boys wanna know how far this bad wild child's gonna go." Second verse: "All the girls in the club wanna know where did all their pretty boys go."
7. A Loaded Smile: a standout... ballads are faring better than the bombastic club tracks.
8. If I Had You: Mid- to up-tempo glam rock overindulgence, in a good way. Really liked it; should be a single. Don't sleep on If I Had You... sounds pretty giant.
9. Pick U Up: Pulsating club rock with a huge chorus. Album is really hitting its stride in its second half. Pick U Up is crazy awesome. He laughs at the end of Pick U Up, which is a great way to end the song. [It's] like someone-made-a-funny-face-at-him laugh
10. Fever: Fever will be a focal point... lyrics about threesomes, opens with the line "there he goes, my baby walks so slow." Gokey fans will freak. [It's] bananas. Totally over the top.
11. Sleepwalker: Edgy, grandiose ballad, like Time for Miracles but with bite. Driving hip-hop-like backbeat, Slash-style guitar solo. Solid. [Added again:] Sleepwalker is solid, too. Album's got legs!
12. Aftermath: Corny 'believe in yourself' message about overcoming strife, but not a total washout. Every Idol album has a song like this.
13. Broken Open: Space-age electronic ballad in which Lambert shows total vocal restraint. Ends the album (not counting T4M) on a down note. Down as in sad. The track is pretty solid, but there's no crazy swells at the end or anything. Kind of a ballsy move. [ICU with preconceptions]
The album is easily the boldest first-effort from an Idol yet. Not even worth comparing it to other Idol albums, especially debut efforts. The disco glam doesn't always work, but there's plenty else there to chew on. Tough to say after one listen, but in the 4 neighborhood (out of 5 stars). I think either If I Had You or Pick U Up should be the next single. SFW is too similar to FYE.
Q: As someone who likes Adam's voice, were you happy overall with how it was used/shown off on the album?
A: Yes, very. It's not overdone and it's held back when need be, and let loose at others.
Q: Any lyric that stood out? (melenagold)
A: Probably the opening of Fever: "There he goes, my baby walks so slow." Goes on to discuss "sexual tic-tac-toe" and threesomes
Q: Best ballad to release? (melenagold)
A: For ballads I'd go with Soaked, as long as people could get over the obvious Muse influences
I don't think there's any way you'll feel let down. It's a pretty huge-sounding record.