Forgive me Pop Gods for I have sinned. It has been approximately 14 minutes since my last confession…
There was a time when I really didn’t care for Adam Lambert.
Before you flood me with hate mail or start looking for spare pitchforks and torches, let me say that I have truly enjoyed and supported everything that he’s done post-American Idol. There was something about the way everything happened on his season of American Idol that just made me… not a fan… despite repeated conversations with my mother about how much she loved him. I would say that I was probably pretty intense about my non-fan-ness for a time, though truly I can not give you a reason in retrospect. Perhaps it just took me some time to understand what he’s about as an artist.
Regardless of the rhyme or reason in the baginning, the fact remains that my opinions have changed! I feel that I have just had an epiphany!
While every post-Idol album track (and even a couple of the Idol iTunes singles) were completely flawless and amazing, I truly believe that Adam has outdone himself on his latest single “Better Than I Know Myself”; The first to be released (just today – 12/20/2011, in fact) from his upcoming album; “Trespassing”.
In the very moment the synths begin the song starts to fool you, the synth sounds much like you would expect on more of a floor banger but soon the beats enter and it’s somewhere between an R&B midtempo Jam and an anthemic pop-rock ballad. The beats are strong and the vocals SOAR. On the verses there is a soulful swagger Lambert doesn’t often show and then on the hook it’s a wailing pop-rock anthem that harkens back to iconic artists like Richard Marx but still sounds very modern.
Is “Better Than I Know Myself” a risky single? It’s hard to say. It’s not quite a ballad, but more of one than anything from a hit pop artist that we’ve heard in a while. There does seem (thankfully) to be more push coming from artists to head back toward music with a story and an emotional meaning rather than all of the partying we’ve been doing as of late. Given that Lambert has said the album will be very dance-floor oriented, choosing a song that is about relationships and is mid-tempo seems risky but smart. This is a VERY catchy, hook-driven song with really REALLY great vocals and I think heading into the Winter season this might be a perfect single to usher in more emotional content. This vocal could very easily be remixed into multiple crossover formats as well, including but not limited to a pop-rock version, uptempo dance, urban, etc.
There’s really no room for debate, The Pop Gods have spoken: “Better Than I Know Myself” is…