Adam Lambert Creates a Smooth “Velvet” Sound in His New Album

Jesse Fraga/Staff Writer

After a four-year hiatus touring with Queen, American pop rock artist Adam Lambert has returned as a solo artist, transitioning from bubblegum pop to a pop funk sound.

In his most recent fourth studio album, “Velvet,” he looks to reflect on his inner being, opening the first track with the line, “I’ve been feeling nostalgic.” As you listen, an obvious meaning behind the lyrics falls nothing short of the typical muse of it all: the boys in his life.

This new era encourages his fans to strut through the world while immersing themselves in confidence and poise.

Lambert left little room for surprise as more than half of the tracks were released as singles last year. However, the three unreleased tracks seem to make up for the album’s lack of ambiguity.

One of which, being the album’s self-titled track, “Velvet.” Its vibes are perfect to jam out to on the way to your boo’s house, once you know they are the one made for you.

“Superpower” is an inspiring and uplifting track, giving off a bit of sass and authenticity in that he won’t permit to the box others have tried to put him in.

Lambert slows down the pace with a heartfelt song, “Closer to You.” This is the ideal breakup song of 2020 for the lover who truly isn’t ready to break things off.

As the album progresses, the mood transitions from a motivational, high energy beat to smooth rhythms of reflection, setting up a dynamic to appeal to a variety of music lovers. 

The song “Roses” features Grammy Award winning guitarist, Nile Rodgers. This song highlights the base-heavy background heard throughout the album.

One song whose lyrics fall flat among the rest is “Comin in Hot.” While this can be played in the background of a chill study sesh, it feels as if it were not quite fit for this chart-topping album.

The rest of Lambert’s songs are able to accentuate his powerful and impactful voice.

“Overglow,” in particular, is a kick-back song filled with Lambert’s famous angelic falsettos.

That said, it is no surprise that Lambert was asked to take the place of Freddie Mercury’s vocals in Queen’s most recent “Rhapsody Tour.”

Whether a die-hard Glambert or a new fan simply here for the gay anthems, this groovy 1960s funk album shows off Lambert’s ability to switch up his sound while still sticking to his roots.

Rating: 8/10

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