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Original High [Deluxe Version]
     

Original High [Deluxe Version]

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by Adam Lambert
 

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Adam Lambert shakes off the shackles of the past by returning to his roots on The Original High. No longer with RCA, the label who signed him in the wake of American Idol, Lambert seizes this freedom by reuniting with producers Max Martin and Shellback, the team who gave him his big 2009 hit "Whataya Want from Me," but this is

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Adam Lambert shakes off the shackles of the past by returning to his roots on The Original High. No longer with RCA, the label who signed him in the wake of American Idol, Lambert seizes this freedom by reuniting with producers Max Martin and Shellback, the team who gave him his big 2009 hit "Whataya Want from Me," but this is by no means a throwback. Martin and Shellback remain fixtures at the top of the pop charts -- they were instrumental collaborators on Taylor Swift's 1989, the biggest album of 2014 -- and they're a comfortable, stylish fit for the clever Lambert, a singer as comfortable with a glam-disco past as he is an EDM present. The Original High cannily synthesizes these two sides of Lambert, an intersection made explicit on "Lucy," where Adam sings about "diamond dogs" while his Queen bandmate Brian May lays down lead guitar over a crawling electro-beat. Elsewhere, Lambert ratchets up either the rock or the dance, but usually favors the latter, sometimes sliding into full-bore glitter ball territory -- "The Original High," where the beat slowly modulates from disco into EDM and the bonus "These Boys," which shamelessly appropriates the polyester styles of the '70s -- but usually finding an expert balance between pulsating rhythms and gleaming surfaces, not to mention insidiously ingratiating pop hooks. This emphasis on the hook and tune distinguishes The Original High, a record where Martin and Shellback's production, like Adam's soaring vocals, is in service of the song. Although the album can linger on moody noir a little too long -- the lightest material is squired away on the three bonus tracks, each an effervescent delight -- the individual components work on their own merits, whether it's the steely clatter of the Tove Lo duet "Rumours," the elegantly skeletal cinemascapes of "Ghost Town," or the cleanly constructed lines of "Things I Didn't Say." Here, and throughout The Original High, Adam Lambert demonstrates he's in perfect control of his style and sound and knows how to combine both into a sterling modern pop record. [Original High as also released with three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2015
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624927075
catalogNumber:
549641
Rank:
27382

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adam Lambert   Primary Artist
Thrice Noble   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

John West   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Cover Design
Max Martin   Composer,Executive Producer
Ilya   Composer
James Alan   Composer
Tobias Karlsson   Composer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Ali Payami   Composer
Shellback   Composer,Executive Producer
Adam Lambert   Composer
Linus Eklow   Composer
Oscar Görres   Composer
Mattias Larsson   Composer
Tiffany Amber   Composer
Alex Tenta   Layout
Oscar Holter   Composer
Joakim Jarl   Composer
Andreas Schüller   Composer
Elin Blom   Composer
Julia Karlsson   Composer
Robin Fredriksson   Composer
Freja Blomberg   Composer
Sterling Fox   Composer
Tove Lo   Composer
Fredrik Samsson   Composer
Svidden   Composer
Joe Janiak   Composer
Anton Rundberg   Composer
Lukas Loules   Composer
Thrice Noble   Programming
Hampus Norlander   Composer

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