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Sunday 18 February 2018

Acoustic pop has a field day

John Meagher

John Meagher

adam lambert

Trespassing

(RCA)

HHIII

The former American Idol winner released this album in the US back in May and it went straight to the top of the Billboard 100 chart.

It has been said that he is the first out gay singer to top the charts there, and this second album offers a middle-finger gesture to homophobes everywhere.

The opening track makes his position clear: "No trespassers? Yeah, my ass! Wait'll you get a load of me."

Lambert's take on blue-eyed soul has its merits and his pop instincts are never far from the surface.

But Trespassing is let down by a production-by-numbers job from Pharrell Williams and Dr Luke that fails to elevate the material above any number of contemporaries.

And, in several places, Lambert's reality TV origins are all too obvious -- witness the hideous, syrupy ballad Underneath.

On the plus side, there are shades of Justin Timberlake to the synth-heavy dancefloor stomper Kickin' In, while the contemplative, downbeat Outlaws of Love offers a damning assessment about how far America must travel to be truly gay-friendly.

KEY TRACKS Outlaws of Love; Kickin' In

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