Singer, actor, and gay icon Adam Lambert announced that he's back in a big way with his first EP of new solo material in four years on Thursday night. The six-song EP Velvet: Side A makes up the first half of his new album Velvet, and is packed with great dance jams and killer vocals, celebrating where the singer is at in his life, love, and career.
The first song is the dance track "Superpower" where Lambert sings about people trying to drag him down before launching into a disco hook about how they can't even touch him.
"Try to put me in a box/make me something I'm not/Don't give a fuck 'cause I'm gonna take back/My superpower," he sings, and you can tell he means it.
There are hints of George Michael, and definitely some Queen (Lambert has been touring with the group since 2011) but all of it has the classic Adam Lambert swagger.
"Stranger You Are" continues the fun danciness and celebration of the self that "Superpower" kicks the album off with. It's a funky one-two punch of uplifting bops. The American Idol runner-up repeats the themes of the first song, singing, "'cause the stranger you are/they wanna keep you locked in the dark," before coming back with "But I'm six three, baby, with boots on/if you think you can beat me, I'm nothin' to walk on/it's all in the strut." It's perfect.
While other singers brag about being the next Michael Jackson, Lambert is here delivering the goods.
The third song, "Closer To You" is a ballad, and here we really get to see Lambert's vocals shine. He's letting it all out, singing about the person he loves.
With "Loverboy," Lambert really finds his perfect song. It's got a great beat, a classic 70s funk guitar riff and bass line, and Lambert's smooth falsetto rising above it all to sing "I don't want to be another number/Wanna feel like your loverboy." It's an instant dance classic, I can't wait to get high, dance to this, singing with all my friends.
The singer is really coming into his prime with this EP -- the six songs are arguably some of his best work. Lambert has been working hard for a long time in the industry, grinding to find his voice and improve his skills, and all of that pays off on Velvet. This is an instant classic for the musician, and an exciting new chapter in his career.