Original High

Original High

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 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. [The Original High was also released in a clean version.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2015
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624927105
catalogNumber: 549639
Rank: 153366

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adam Lambert   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brian May   Guitar
Max Martin   Background Vocals
Ilya   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tobias Karlsson   Guitar
Savan Kotecha   Background Vocals
Ali Payami   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Shellback   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ozgo   Guitar,Keyboards
Oscar Holter   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Sterling Fox   Background Vocals
Tove Lo   Vocals
Axident   Guitar,Percussion

Technical Credits

Jeri Heiden   Cover Design
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Michael Ilbert   Engineer
Ilya   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
James Alan   Composer
Style of Eye   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Tobias Karlsson   Composer,Vocal Engineer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Ali Payami   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Adam Lambert   Composer
Sam Holland   Engineer
Linus Eklow   Composer
Ozgo   Programming,Producer
Oscar Görres   Composer
Tiffany Amber   Composer
Cory Bice   Engineer
Alex Tenta   Layout
Oscar Holter   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Joakim Jarl   Composer
Andreas Schüller   Composer
Elin Blom   Composer
Julia Karlsson   Composer
Peter Carlsson   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Editing
Freja Blomberg   Composer
Sterling Fox   Composer
Tove Lo   Composer
Fredrik Samsson   Composer,Producer
Svidden   Composer,Producer
Joe Janiak   Composer
Anton Rundberg   Composer
Lukas Loules   Composer
Hampus Norlander   Composer

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