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The Original High

Singer’s third LP is laced with big hooks, over-the-top energy

Adam Lambert

David Roemer

the original high

Adam Lambert is so great at glam-rock theatrics that he toured the world as Queen’s frontman last year. On his third LP, though, the onetime American Idol runner-up channels the softer corners of his impressive vocal range over radio-friendly deep-house beats (check the excellent “Ghost Town”). Lambert is still larger-than-life on tracks like the power ballad “There I Said It,” where he sings the silly line “I’m a grown-ass man” with utter conviction, and the pop-rock highlight “Lucy” ignites with a guest appearance from Brian May. Even when the lyrics verge on ridiculousness (on the Tove Lo-featuring “Rumors,” Lambert denounces “haterade”), he’s one of the biggest personalities in pop.

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