When Adam Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself” flopped, I was a little surprised. I pegged it as a hit and was expecting Glambert’s sophomore album era to be huge, so when things started out on a bum note, it was a real anticlimax.
But as Glambert’s history will tell you, “For Your Entertainment” was hardly the big smash that it was predicted to be, and it wasn’t until follow-up single “Whataya Want from Me” that the American Idol diva really blew up.
Glambert and RCA Records are surely hoping for a repeat of the past with the release of Adam’s new single “Never Close Our Eyes”, which hits iTunes on April 17th.
Produced by Dr. Luke and penned by Bruno Mars (how’s that for a Top Forty hit machine?), “Never Close Our Eyes” sees Glambert diving head first into the dance genre, but it’s dance done Marina & the Diamonds style. Just like Marina’s “Primadonna”, it’s lyrically richer and vocally stronger than most of the club-driven stuff on the radio, despite the fairly generic beats behind it all.
“You know I wish that this night would never be over,” Glambert wails. “There’s plenty of time to sleep when we die / So let’s just stay awake until we grow older / If I had my way we’d never close our eyes, our eyes, never!”
The lyrics are thrillingly romantic, and against the backdrop of Luke’s blistering electro-pop production “Never Close Our Eyes” plays like The Lover’s Guide to Ibiza.
A return to dance-pop was inevitable for Glambert, but thankfully that big beautiful voice of his is still coming through loud and clear. “Never Close Our Eyes” may have the kind of production that you’d expect from a Flo-rida or Taio Cruz song, but Glambert still sings over the beat like a rock star and once again proves that he’s the best male pop vocalist in the game today.
Overall it’s not the absolute best thing that Adam’s ever done, but it’s head and shoulders above a lot of today’s radio-dance, and there aren’t many artists who can be so blatantly Top Forty while retaining their individuality like Adam can.
There’s still hope for Trespassing yet!