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Music reviews: 2009's young songstars

Mon 7 Dec 2009 In: Music View at Wayback View at NDHA's music reviewer Andrew Grear checks out Adam Lambert's debut disc, reviews Rihanna's new album, and confirms his status as a 'Gleek' by welcoming the first Glee soundtrack. Adam Lambert - For Your Entertainment Katy Perry sung a song about kissing a girl and scored a number 1 hit, but Adam Lambert did kiss a boy on stage... and gets complained about. It's a shame really because his debut album is infinitely better than Perry's. Showing a lot of promise on his first major 'outing', Lambert should hopefully avoid the idol obscurity curse that plagues so many winners and runner-up contestants. It's an album full of glitzy, completely over-the-top, and altogether amazing moments, perfectly suited to Adam's personality and voice. The Justin Hawkins penned Music Again is the best thing The Darkness never recorded. For Your Entertainment is a psychedelic, pulsing electro-thumper. Strut does just as its name suggests and Soaked apes Matthew Bellamy of Muse fame to good effect. Fever is yet again another perfect example of why Lady Gaga is light years ahead of everyone else when it comes to writing pop masterpieces. It's not a perfect album and perhaps not as shocking as Adam might want you to think but For Your Entertainment more than lives up to its namesake. Watch Adam Lambert music and interviews on the video below this article. Glee the Music (Season One) Judging by the Facebook status updates I've been reading for the last few weeks, Glee is on the tip of every gays' tongue. It's perfect blend of characters and biting satire is accompanied each episode by a range of incredibly well put together numbers. The first of what will most likely be a long running series of soundtracks (the second one should be released sometime in the next month) showcases 18 of the numbers from the first half of series one and its addictive! Its blend of show-tunes, contemporary pop and R one of the most interesting singles released this year from anyone. Fire Bomb contrasts some quite upbeat tones with some fairly dark lyrics, but works. Elsewhere though Rihanna spends a little too much time singing about herself. She claims "there's so much power in my name" on Wait Your Turn, "that Rihanna reign just won't let up" on Hard, and tells you to "make sure you get a picture/ I'm rocking my fame" on Rockstar. It's a shame she isn't rocking some better tunes. Andrew Grear - 7th December 2009    

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First published: Monday, 7th December 2009 - 5:59pm

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