November 27, 2009
New Albums: Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert
This week has been HUGE for music releases. Rihanna, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, and Susan Boyle all had albums out on Tuesday. Wow. However, it was an easy decision for me as to which records to focus on this week: Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert. (Especially since the AMAs!)
Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
Well, we all know that The Fame was amazing. So far, Gaga has had four #1 songs from that album and it doesn’t look as if she is slowing down with The Fame Monster. Two hugely popular songs have already come from the record: “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” (with Beyonce).
Wow. What can I say about Lady Gaga? We already know how big a fan I am of her eclecticism and her music in general. Everything she does is so over the top and unique, and it’s hard not to love her. The Fame Monster is no different. She does shy away from the more mainstream-like pop songs in the eight new tracks, and leans toward personal problems and “demons,” as she stated on her appearance on the Jay Leno Show on Monday.
Overall I think it’s a great deal to buy the album as a “monster” deluxe edition with The Fame. But, don’t worry, if you already bought The Fame when it came out, you can buy the eight new songs on their own as a separate album, and it’s still a good deal! Check it out today!
Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment
A lot of American Idol alumni suffer when it is time for their own careers: during the show, they sing all well-known covers. While they probably sound great at the time, it’s hard for them to get great people to work with for their debut records. For some reason, though, Adam Lambert hit the jackpot with For Your Entertainment.
He was able to work with superstars like Kara DioGuardi (though that wasn’t difficult, I’m sure, since she’s an American Idol judge), Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, and Lady Gaga. As it turns out, working with those people helps you produce a good album that sells well!
Adam’s first single, “For Your Entertainment” got a lot of attention this week from his performance at the AMAs. While it’s a fine song, I don’t think it is the best off the album, nor do I think it should have been his first single. “Whataya Want From Me,” for example (though I am horrified with the grammar of the title), is actually really great. I like the song a lot. And as for the required ballads of the album, “Soaked” is my favorite. His vocals sound incredible.
As of right now on Amazon.com the MP3 version of the album is selling for $3.99 so hurry up and get this deal!!
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