1. Sas says:

    You really hit the nail on the head. When I first listened to Adam’s Cd I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I thought “oh no..just more pop”. But then I gave it another listen and another listen and I found another favorite and another favorite, until I found myself really liking it, and like you, different songs kept creeping into my head throughout the day and I was humming them. It is not often that I like an entire album, but FYE is a very clever mix of tunes for all ages and tastes and I can honestly say I like every song. My absolute favorites are Sleepwalker, Whattaya Want From Me, Soaked (beautiful vocals) Fever and Strut.

    • Mari McGrath says:

      What surprised me is that it was able to overcome my prejudices against AI albums. It won me over, despite everything I was holding against it going into my first few listens.

  2. cherch says:

    Good article. Adam’s album is truly different. There are a few songs that stood out immediately for me like Fever, Music Again and Time for Miracles. However, the more I listened, others kept staying in my head. Now I really like Soaked, Strut, Whataya Want From Me and Sleepwalker. It’s a truly good album when one can listen all the way through and not fast forward. Have you heard the remixes for For Your Entertainment? The ones by Bimbo Jones and Brad Walsh are very catchy.


  3. RoRo says:

    Stuck in my head like glue and now totally hooked. Can’t wait to see the live performance!
    Bring it on, Adam!

  4. Dorena says:

    Adam’s cd is exactly that way. At first listen I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more rock. With each subsequent listen I appreciated each genre and there really is more rock than I thought at first listen. Adam’s voice is extremely versatile. When I’m driving I like his upbeat songs. When I’m feeling a little melancholy I like to listen to the ballads. Either way I am totally addicted to the cd. Can’t wait for the tour!!

    • Mari McGrath says:

      I think because we saw him singing SUCH classic rock songs on AI, its easy to overlook the rock that is in the album. Soaked in particular was one I passed over the first few times as poppy fluff. Now all I can hear is Queen when I listen to it.

  5. Annette Miller says:

    Adam is my rock god.Not ever have i heard or been so internally moved by the awesome talent, charisma, showmanship as this extraodinary gorgeous super star.I have not purchased an album probably since the early 70’s.For me, he is so unique in his artistry and is equal or above that of Michael Jackson who was for me the King (not Elvis).They are so different but equally talented.The first time I saw Adam on AI, I new he was special.I was privileged to see his first concert at Gridlock, NYE and was so totally mesmerized, I still haven’t come down to earth.My only suggestion to Adam would be to add ‘Goin down the rabbit hole’ to his album.Love ya Adam Hugs and kisses xoxoxox Annette (speranza)

  6. LadiesFirst says:

    I completely agree with you, I find myself, like many others, humming Adams songs throughout the day and while attending his NYE event (Gridlock) I had the opportunity to ask others if they woke up singing or humming his songs and they said “yea but it’s a different song each day”…hell this morning I work up to “Whataya Want From Me”
    Another thing I find interesting is the criticism his album has received from renowned magazines, People Magazine loves “Whataya Want From Me”; USA Today loves both “Whataya Want From Me” and “Music Again”; Yahoo loves “Soaked” and “Fever”; NYTimes entertainment loves “Whataya Want From Me”, “Fever”, “Music Again” and I could go on and on. What does this mean?
    I find it interesting that of all the articles I’ve read on Lambert’s CD “For Your Entertainment”, People Magazine, USA Today, Yahoo, NYTimes, Billboard…ect. All writers love one or more songs and dislike the rest and after reading Josh Love’s article and how he likes, rather loves “A Loaded Smile”.
    I’m convinced that Adam did the right thing when he was considering what songs to choose for his CD, taking into consideration what his American Idol fans like about him during his performances, the variety of music genre and styles, and I for one being 52 years old and not so much into the latest music, am thrilled! I’m very interested what he will do on his second CD and I know you are to.

    • Mari McGrath says:

      I’m hoping the 2nd CD leans more towards classic rock. Doubtful that will happen if his tour is popular. However, most AI second cds (if they make it that far) are better than the first. Glad to have multi-generational fans weigh in too!

  7. Mel says:

    Um, FYI in case you don’t know, that $3.99 Amazon special was available for less than 48 hours (I know, because it’s how I almost convinced my brother to download the album, and then poof it was GONE) and with (sadly for them) Amazon’s smallish piece of the digital market share that likely accounted for less than a couple thousand in sales. Pretty much a drop in the bucket. Just sayin.

    I’m a bit amazed how much I enjoy FYE considering the craziness involved in the production of Idol debuts. Record it in couple of months? While simultaneously touring over 50 cities all around the country? While that is often a recipe for disaster, it’s not this time! I expected to get a CD with 2-3 songs that I liked and a remainder that I could probably learn to like after a while. Instead I got what seems like an Adam Lambert Greatest Hits album, one kickass song after another. The only ones that I occasionally hit skip on are Aftermath and Time for Miracles. The rest are totally my jam.

    • Mari McGrath says:

      The Amazon $3.99 special is such an interesting study. They’re really trying to get a piece of the digital pie. I think you’re right that they have such a small piece of the market share right now that it may not have contributed much to Adam’s numbers. However, if it continues to grow in popularity, it could certainly start to boost first week sales for artists.

      I totally skip Aftermath every time. I don’t know what it is, but I think by that time in listening to the CD I don’t want another ballad. It reeks of an inspirational song that would play on a video montage of a year in review piece.

  8. Angel says:

    ADAM mesmerized me from day one. I also have not bought an album for a such a long time and don’t really enjoy the radio as well because of the bland songs, and rap. And I have not been a fan of anyone like I am with ADAM.
    I first was quite disappointed with FYE album because of the production which has lot of pop techno sound. I wanted ADAM’s voice to dominate the song and not be drowned out. But the songs are all good after you get to listen for a while. What I like outright was Music Again and Fever. But I find myself singing songs like Aftermath which is the least favorite of others. My favorite now is Pick You Up. It is surprisingly a terrific song, a hard one to sing with a twist at the end. Love it! And there’s not one song I don’t like in this CD.
    I wish the next album would be better produced and let ADAM’s voice dominate even it’s pop. MJ is pop but his voice comes out more, so why can’t it be the same with ADAM? Maybe they’ll do better next with more time and preparation on their hand.

    • Mari McGrath says:

      Thats the same thing I found with the studio versions of the songs from AI. It was less of a problem with Adam and more of a problem with, say, Kris Allen. His Heartless was really incredible live and manufactured drivel when it hit the studio. If we’re really looking for raw talent, I don’t know why we don’t let the people we find BE that talent they are.

  9. carol says:

    another fyi; the 3.99 special download from amazon was not counted on his sales record. It shouldnt go below 50% of the regular price. just for clarity.

    Love all of Adams song on the album, listen to all of them while in the house, going to work and after work. AMAZING!!!

  10. Lynn says:

    Unlike everybody here, I loved the CD from the get go. I was afraid it was going to be too pop, and electronica for my tastes. That being said, there is enough rock to keep me a happy camper. Love Music Again, and Pick U Up is also one of my favs. On the slower side Loaded Smile is absolutely beautiful and does showcase Adam’s vocals totally. The only song that doesn’t belong is Time For Miracles, and that’s just because it was done for a movie, and doesn’t fit in with the other songs. But that’s ok, they had to make all the fans happy. The concert at Gridlock was simply amazing, and I for one can’t wait for the tour!!!!
    This album met all my expectations, and I haven’t bought a CD in a looonnng time, but I think I have gifted about 10 of these, and the comments I’ve gotten back are that they are surprised it’s so good. I’m not. You do hum the songs, and they’re always different ones, so how cool is that? I never get tired of this CD playing in my car 24-7.

  11. Kristi says:

    Broken Open, people, come on…! It’s lyrics are soooooo beautiful, the concept of someone providing a safe harbor for another to fall to pieces in…so poignant and tender. And The Man wrote it from personal experience. Beautiful job, Adam.

    I also get a kick out of person after person declaring that this song or that song is the best on the album. Adam did everything he said he would do. He appealed to a wide range of fans, and spanned or fused genres. This album truly has something for everyone. And the really cool thing is that with each listen, even the songs you didn’t initially take to, become fixed in your head. I discover more nuances to enjoy and wonder at with every listen. I’m no music expert. I’ve sung and enjoyed music all my life, so I can only say that, for me, there’s something very special going on with this CD. If you haven’t yet, go get it!

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  13. Kate says:

    I am a long time music fan. My house is filled with so many CD’s it’s taken over. I also have albums from 1963 on…..so many,many bookcases full. And I love Adam Lambert’s CD. You cannot get it out of your head once you listen to it. It grows on you in a good way. I love his vocal abilities so, I’d listen to him sing just about anything and I cannot say that about everyone in music.

    He grew up in the 80’s so, his CD reflects that. But he is a scholar of other music decades as well thru listening to his Dad’s record collection. There is no telling how much he knows about past decades of rock music as well as show tunes.

    I can’t listen to Kris. He strains to sing and has no vocal range or upper register. He looks like he is strangling when he has to go to a higher register. It’s uncomfortable for me to watch.

  14. Shirley says:

    I have a hard time picking a favorite from the cd. They are all so good. I really love Pick U Up (his voice just soars), IIHY, Soaked, Fever, Music Again and Sure Fire Winners (I was so happy to see him sing this live NYE). It would make a great anthem for the NFL. Aftermath should be the boot song on AI this year. Just can’t decide what the next single should be. Any ideas?

  15. Laurie says:

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from Adams album. He kept saying “something for everyone” and he delivered. I love all the songs including Time for Miracles but I agree it does not seem to fit on the album. I really love Pick U up and Music Again and my daughter is addicted to For your Entertainment.

    He has the most incredible voice and it just lifts my spirit and makes me smile. I came across a youtube video of him singing a song from Brigadoon the musical and was blown away. I shouldn’t have been, because when he sang Mad World on AI I was blown away, in fact he was the reason I watched American Idol. I kept coming back each week to see how he was going to blow me away, and he didn’t disappoint. I was furious when he didn’t win and decided I would not watch the show anymore. I liked Kris but felt he was no where near Adams level of talent.

    I play his CD in my car, in the house, on my ipod…Because of the diversity of the album I do feel like I am listening to his greatest hits. I can’t wait for his tour and his future albums.

  16. Soozin says:

    What surprised me was that after listening to the CD a few times I found a rotating playlist of the songs going through my head. I would wake up in the morning with one of the songs in my head and it was always a different one, and often one I thought wasn’t one of my favorites. I now love each of the tracks for different reasons. Some I love the orchestration, some I love the lyrics, some I love the melody, some I love how they make me feel, but in all I love the voice delivering them. A bigger treat is what Adam can do live with these songs – I saw him at Gridlock NYE and even with very little time to pull together an 11-song set, dang that guy can perform like few others (or maybe no other).

  17. Sabrina says:

    I like your article a lot but I disagree with you on the $ 3.99 sales, Amazin sold it at that price as a digital download for 3 days only and those, they were never added to his total album sales so maybe you want to correct that.

  18. Sabrina says:

    Just wanted to add tat Loaded Smile and Broken Open are epic ballads, they remind me of Mad World, as a matter aof fact you cant skip any of the tracks like you would with any other albums, this is 100 perfect, just when you think you found your favorite – the next track is better and it goes on and on, total masterpiece in my opinion.

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