Glam, kitsch, rock: Adam Lambert is out to entertain

Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:23pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Adam Lambert knows how to shock, how to sing and how it feels to "lose" TV's top singing competition.

But what the "American Idol" runner-up is not so sure about is how fans will take to his debut album now that he's performing original material rather than wowing viewers each week with his unusual take on established classics.

And, yes, now that he's gone public about being gay.

A little bit glam rock, some classic rock, touches of kitsch, commercial pop, '70s and '80s throwbacks, and a power ballad -- Lambert says his new "For Your Entertainment", released on Nov 23, has something for everyone.

"The album title sums it up. It's not for me, it's for the people who are listening to it," Lambert told Reuters.

"We tried to nod to all that glam classic rock while creating a variety of different music. But at the same time I wanted to make music that was really modern and current and poppy too. I love commercial pop music," he said.

Nicknamed "Glambert," the 27 year-old Californian's vocal powers and flair for showmanship led Entertainment Weekly to call him "most exciting 'American Idol' contestant in years".

But the former musical theater performer, who brought male eyeliner and black nail polish into millions of American homes during the TV show six months ago, knows he has to prove himself all over again.   Continued...

<p>Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert, who performed the song "Time For Miracles" on the soundtrack for the film "2012", arrives for its premiere at Regal Cinemas LA Live in downtown Los Angeles November 3, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>