Category Archives: Single Review

The 3rd Coming: Adam Lambert’s #GhostTown begins the Rapture of “The Original High”

We’ve been praying religiously to #ThePopGods for the time to pass quickly ever since Adam Lambert started teasing us with snippets and tonnes of glowing industry reviews of his new, Max Martin/Shellback produced single Ghost Town, his debut offering under Warner Bros. Records, and the day is FINALLY here!

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Prepare yourselves, ladies and gentlemen, for the RAPTURE! Only the devout will ascend in to #PopHeaven, but don’t panic, you’re all likely to believe once you’ve heard this other-worldly, soon-to-be-SMASH.

First, I share my very first impressions of the track in tweet form, as I lay in my bed with the track on repeat last evening:

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I’ve had about 13 hours to listen and think things over, and I think it’s safe to say that Ghost Town is everything the onslaught of early reviews has said it is, and more.

  • It is “BONKERS.”
  • It is a more restrained vocal offering from Lambert, but it does not lack impact, what-so-ever.
  • It’s a complete and total earworm, but while that description is often reserved for fluffy pop tracks that lack substance, Ghost Town is dark, broody and complex.
  • It does seem to owe some inspiration to the folk-EDM tracks of 2014 and Madonna albums before it. It does have deep house beats that are reminiscent of 1993 and work of recent artists like Kiesza. It *could* be compared to the tone of the X-Files theme. The best news of all is that while all of these things are true, Ghost Town actually sounds like NOTHING else out there in mainstream pop music right now, and that is why it will stand out.
  • These lyrics are dark, dramatic and will probably inspire many broody, attention-grabbing Facebook statuses from your most down-in-the-dumps Facebook friends. That said, they’re beautifully written and sit perfectly at home in the sometimes sparse and sometimes spastic sonic landscape Max Martin and Shellback have created here.
  • This track is ALL ABOUT DAT BUILD. It starts off airy and meandering, adding layers and intensity as the song progresses, but JUST WAIT FOR IT! After the second hook, the bridge goes balls out, with Lambert’s vocals soaring and climaxing with what might be the most glorious vocal performance of the word “Oh” that I can recall on record, before the chorus explodes in whistles and basslines once more to finish you off. It’s the most transcendant 15 seconds of recorded music I’ve heard this year, and for me personally, it’s the biggest payoff of the entire track.
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Listen for yourselves, and then quickly dash to your nearest online music retailer to purchase this track, lest you want to be one of those left behind with the tumbleweeds.

With the release of Ghost Town, so starts the countdown to the 3rd coming. Era #3 is officially under way, and you can pre-order Lambert’s “The Original High” now. Check out the cover art and very exciting tracklisting below (featuring collaborations with Tove Lo, and Brian May of Queen!)

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Ghost Town is available NOW in most regions on iTunes and other online retailers!

Go to AdamOfficial.com for more information on “The Original High” Pre-Orders, Special Fan Bundles, and More!

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CORRECTION

#PopGospel Correction Notice highlights a song or artist who has previously been slept on by the powers that be up in #PopHeaven. #ThePopGods wish to offer their most sincere apologies for previous ignorance or stubborn, unjustified snubbings, and to extend an invitation in to the Church of Pop.

Sincerely, Management.

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Recently, a new friend and I were discussing our tastes in music, something I have come to feel is a defining moment in the evolution of any interpersonal relationship, and he mentioned an artist I had never heard of: Kevin Drew (a.k.a. KDrew).

Said friend and I are considering a song collaboration, and being that this Kevin Drew was an influence of his I decided I would look him up and give a listen. While I have to admit I was fairly impressed with all of the tracks I listened to, there was one that stood out for me; not only for the fact that my friend recommended this one outright, but also because of it’s many merits.

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Drew’s “Last Train to Paradise” is a vast, 5:46 EDM production that sweeps through several movements. It’s soft melodies, soaring harmonies, energizing builds and pounding beats hover somewhere between pop and rock, but rock in an 80’s hair rock kind of way. It has a certain, charming flamboyance and an infectious energy that is almost other worldly. I am to understand that Drew both produces and provides the vocals on this track, a rarity among the big label producer types his independently-released work basically decimates.

Take a listen to “Last Train to Paradise!” I’d love to hear what you think; if you have comments, leave em! 🙂

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Judgement Day (Special Edition): Pop Heaven’s Top 100 Songs of 2012 (Part 4 of 4)

The time has come! Were about to reveal Pop Heaven’s top 25 songs of 2012! As this year’s chart comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the journey of actually compiling a year-end chart.

I started off with 188 singles that were released this year by popular music’s heavy hitters from all genres. Additionally, there were plenty of amazing non-singles this year, so I carefully selected the best of the best (hoping that they don’t become runaway hits in 2013 so I won’t regret including them this year) and added those to the pool as well.

From there began the surprisingly arduous task of trying to rank them all. I prayed day and night to the Pop Gods to guide me in my mission. Sometimes I found myself heartbroken to realize that a song I loved would be cut when it slowly slipped over the fine line between #100 and #101. Admittedly, there were many other terrific tracks this year that didn’t make the list.

As always, there were some oversights and there are a couple of flat-out mistakes that I wish I could go back and amend, but once it’s been published it’s Pop Gospel so it’s time to let go of regret and move on with our  top 25!

In case you’re just joining us, you should catch up!!:

Read entries 100 through 76 in Part 1!
Read entries 75 through 51 in Part 2!
Read entries 50 through 26 in Part 3!

Now, if you’re all caught up.. check out the conclusion of our year-end charts. Watch/Listen to the YouTube playlist below, or read the Top 25 after the break…

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Judgement Day (Special Edition): Pop Heaven’s Top 100 Songs of 2012 (Part 3 of 4)

We’re still counting down The Pop Gods’ Top 100 songs of 2012. It was a fantastic year for singles, with the ongoing dance-pop trend still cranking out lots of hits despite seeing a lot of changes take root in the mainstream soundscape. I wager that the past year was a turning point and that 2013 will be a year of change, but for now let’s focus on 2012!

In case you’re just joining us:

Read entries #100 through #76 in Part 1!
Read entries #75 through #51 in Part 2!

Without further ado, here are chart positions #50 through #26! Feel free to watch and listen with our YouTube playlist, or read the chart after the jump!

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Judgement Day (Special Edition): Pop Heaven’s Top 100 Songs of 2012 (Part 2 of 4)

Welcome back, dear readers! We’re counting down our top 100 songs of 2012 to make it into Pop Heaven, and in part 2 we’re going to check out numbers #75 through #51! In this group, we have many brilliant artists like Brandy, Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Leona Lewis, My Name Is Kay and many more, so let’s not waste any more time! (After all, it’s the middle of January and I’m still posting last years charts!)

In case you’re just joining us, click here to see entries 100 through 74 in Part 1!

If you have lots of time, you can watch the chart unfold with this YouTube playlist, but if not you can read it, after the jump!

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