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Tracks like "Holding Out For A Hero," the Bonnie Tyler '80s classic, and Sia's hit "Chandelier" ooze Lambert's rocket-high falsettos and thunderous instrumentation. That balance is the anatomy of a cover song: a stylised production that borrows from an artist the vitals and encases them in a fleshier, fresher sound.

Lambert: And I feel for me, I can look back on the stuff I did on Idol, and even the beginning of my journey with Queen and I watched performances and I'm like, I think a couple different things.It was like a real nice challenge to go, ‘OK, let’s find songs’ — some are obscure, some are new, some are really well-known — ‘that we think are cool, and flip them and make them sound entirely different if we can. A notable standout among those more true-to-source tracks is his Duran Duran cut, “Ordinary World,” in which he hews close to the original but runs with the opportunity to flex his incredible vocal range.

There’s nothing really wrong with that approach, which gives us safe-but-solid versions of Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” and Pink’s “My Attic,” two songs where he avoids diverging much from the originals. Grammy-nominated pop icon, LGBTQ trailblazer, and Queen front man Adam Lambert brings you High Drama, a wonderfully diverse collection of covers with a twist, held together by Adam’s once-in-a-generation voice and trademark flair.As wild as this is to say, Lambert might've been a more effective interpreter back in the days of the competition and restrictions of American Idol. And I think now as I'm older, a good melody, you don't need to change it as much [laughter] It's a good melody.

Ordinary World" goes back to the well of his "Mad World" breakthrough on American Idol, finding the deeper pathos in the brittle songwriting of the 80s. Jacob Elordi Gets Into Monkey Business in ‘He Went That Way’ The bland noir-ish thriller "He Went That Way" fumbles its intriguing premise and casting of "It" boy Jacob Elordi. Baltin: Was there one moment where you really noticed your voice changing and it allowed you to convey different emotions? As you started to revisit songs by artists like Duran Duran or Sia or whoever, were there things that you noticed about their authenticity?The other impressive moments for me are his takes on Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" and the Noël Coward classic (most known by Dinah Washington), "Mad About the Boy. Baltin: I love "My Attic" because it's such a beautiful song, but I love songs that really speak with simplicity. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site, provide personalised content and advertising, analyse our traffic, and ensure you see more of what you love.

You hear people criticize it, likely not part of the community saying things like, "Why does it have to be all about that?And I love that everyone can turn on the Grammys and see something of themselves reflected on the screen. The actor and playwright Noël Coward wrote the song some 90 years ago about unrequited gay love and the conventions of his time. Somewhere along the way, though, he had a change of heart and threw himself into an ambitious project to cover 11 well-known beloved songs. Lambert: The source material was obviously important because I wanted songs that had great melodies and had lyrical content that I could relate to or apply my own experiences to.

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