It seems like forever since we’ve heard new music from Adam Lambert and in the world of music, it technically has. Adam’s first album dropped in 2009 and Lambert ended his gruelling world tour in December of last year. Since then, it feels like the singer has been silenced. This year, he reappeared on the American Music Awards after his controversial same-sex kiss that took place live on ABC in ’09.
So what has Lambert been up to since then? Vegging and relaxing essentially he recently told Rolling Stone. “I was dramatically shut in,” Lambert says. “At first I was trying to figure out how to please my fans – but then I started trusting my instincts. It’s the same as what I learned on Idol. You have to fight for this sh*t.” So, with a new lease on life, Lambert put his trust in some music geniuses to assist him on his new music project.
Adam enlisted the help of hit makers Pharrell Williams, Dr. Luke and song writer Bonnie McKee to make this album a little more dance heavy with influences coming from classic disco, Nineties electronica and Skrillex-y dubstep.
Adam tells Rolling Stone, “there’s party music, sex music, f**ked-up-relationship S&M music,” says the singer. “But every song explores something real.” One song that many of us have heard that is said to be on the album is the balled Outlaws of Love, a song about gay marriage. “I’d never considered marriage before,” says Lambert, who’s dating Sauli Koskinen, a Finnish reality-TV personality. “But now that I am, I can’t do it.”
In June, Lambert hit the studio with mega-music mastermind Pharrell Williams who had nothing but great things to say about Adam’s performance on the mic. “This kid has a voice like a siren – there’s no guys singing in that Steve Winwood- Peter Cetera range,” says Williams, who produced the LP’s title track, a swaggering cut that evokes “Another One Bites the Dust.” “Pharrell is postmodern, like Warhol,” says Lambert. “If you riff on something and make it your own, it becomes pop art.”
Even though Lambert is somewhat of a household name after his second-place finish on American Idol, Adam says he feels like an unlikely star citing that no one would have signed an openly gay, 27 year old theatre kid without the support from American Idol. “Now it’s about how I use the platform. Whoever you are, I hope you can find yourself in these songs. If that happens, I’ve won.”
For more of Adam’s chat with Rolling Stone, CLICK HERE.