"Never Close Our Eyes"

This is pop music as simple arithmetic: A Bruno Mars tune plus Dr. Luke production plus an Adam Lambert vocal equals hit radio gold. "Never Close Our Eyes" is that calculated – right down to the lyric, which aims for the same party-at-the-edge-of-doom vibe as recent smashes like "I Gotta Feeling" and "Till the World Ends." ("Why can't we just live life with no consequence/And always live in the now?" Lambert sings.) But there's no denying the pulsating electro drive of Luke's beat, or the blustery power of the melody and lyrics. As for Lambert: The magnificence of his strident vocals defies all formulas and precepts, mathematical and otherwise.

Listen to Adam Lambert's "Never Close Our Eyes":

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From The Archives Issue 1156: May 10, 2012
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