The guitar part kept reminding me of something similiar that I had heard before. I listened in and focused and it finally came to me. Some of this song sounds like instrumentation from Linkin Park. It's a brief moment toward the beginning of Somewhere I Belong.
I find in this song another Sleepwalker, only even more sublimely erotic.
Chokehold describes a one-sided obsession with considerable daring. Adam is a pining lover who wants to run away. His deadened heart tells him that the relationship is doomed, but he is overwhelmed by a sexual craving so passionate that he wants only to be possessed by force. There is a fever in his blood and fire in his soul. He paws through the sheets, he smells his lover’s lingering scent on his clothes. “I could asphyxiate, but I kinda like the pain,” Adam tells us. Nothing less than total submission and annihilation could possibly yield relief.
This is pretty powerful stuff! We begin with something brooding and sensuous and then build as Adam seeks to EXPLODE … then trail off at the end, dog-tired with frustrated desire.
And I can only imagine the frenzied lament that Chokehold will be in concert. I am going to go out on a limb and predict that Chokehold will eventually become one of Adam’s most breathtaking performance numbers of all time.
Last Edit: Jun 5, 2012 8:41:33 GMT -5 by juniemoon
Post by aleksandrakv on Jun 6, 2012 16:52:54 GMT -5
Adam Lambert @adamlambert Chokehold: you're playing games w me and it's putting me though it! But I'm addicted to the heartache and drama. I can't get enough.
Chokehold - The verses float freely and let Lambert muse on past relationship transgressions. The refrains carry an industrial quality, with a guitar speaking as severely as the vocalist. The listener gets to soak it all in, blissfully.
Chokehold – This one is much faster paced than Underneath, but still has a darker feeling to it, like the other songs on this half of the album. What I really love about this song is that it sounds like an amalgamation of heavy metal and electronica. Chokehold is a great hard rocking dance song with an irresistible dark edge that I just can’t get enough of.
Post by aleksandrakv on Jul 5, 2012 18:15:18 GMT -5
The Warp: Adam Lambert CD Review: 'Trespassing' Shows Us the True, Naked Adam
Well, the upcoming movie adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” has its theme song, if it wants one. “Chokehold,” a provocative track from Adam Lambert’s second album, sounds tailor-made for the S&M occasion: “Sheets are in a knot … I kinda like the pain … I keep running away from you, but I can’t stop breaking the chains.”
I'm purposefully leaving out the link for the review, because it's stupid.
I fell in love with this song upon the first hearing, when I didn't know what chokehold means and wasn't even able to make out the lyrics. I love the melody and Adam's voice on it.
When I looked for some reviews of the song, most of them went like this: " A-ha! Knotted sheets, chokehold, breaking the chains - it's S&M!" Give me a break, y'all, will you...
If Adam wanted to sing about that, he most definitely wouldn't be that direct, blatant and obvious... He went there, i.e. he touched D/s, in By The Rules.
Back to Chokehold. Unfortunately, I am well aware of what he is singing about. Been there, done that. When you are clinging desperately to a relationship that makes you both miserable because you think you love him/her, when you think that things are going to change, that they will get better and you and your Prince Charming, who, btw, treats you like shit, will ride towards the sunset and live happily ever after... When you keep focusing on all the good stuff you have, which are usually few and far between, and try to find excuses or explanations for the bad stuff , when you think that maybe you're too demanding instead of respecting yourself...
So those 'chains' are metaphorical, they stand for your own psychological confusion which keeps you in an unhealthy relationship. They stand for the inability to have a normal perspective, when you lie to yourself that by staying you're fighting for love, but in reality, love is gone and what is actually there is co-dependence, fear of being alone, fear of facing the consequences, and most importantly, fear of accepting the fact that the relationship is a failure because most people equal it with personal failure...
The song tells a story about such strong desire to be with that someone, that even in their absence, all you feel is their touch, all you can smell is them... you are willing to alter your mindframe, to change your ethical and moral codes just to be with that someone. So it is suffocating, it is extremely unhealthy, because in a way you are sacrificing yourself for that someone...
But of course, they don't love you back. In such relationships, they never do, or at least not nearly enough. Love has to make you feel good, feel loved, to make you love yourself more when seen through the eyes of your lover...
The final awakening, the understanding of the situation, is sometimes not enough to make you pick up your thingses and get the hell out of there. It's extremely difficult to break those chains. For some people it takes years. Some never do it, forever lost in their partner's shadow... thinking that's how love works. Well, it doesn't.
It's a sad song, about growing up, about a stage in one's personal development. Adam overcame that stage and found someone who loves him back, who makes him happy, who is his best friend, who inspires him, makes him feel good... lucky him.
Last Edit: Jul 5, 2012 20:41:11 GMT -5 by aleksandrakv
Post by aleksandrakv on Jul 15, 2012 13:38:56 GMT -5
The Sound Bath: Adam Lambert’s Trespassing: the vocal review
Posted on July 12, 2012 by soundbath
Chokehold is yet another of favourite of mine from this amazing album.
This song has a wicked beat with a rock sensibility, and whilst Adam singing it in a mostly non-rock manner shouldn’t work, in fact, his vocal style perfectly suits the lyrics and the song is enhanced in a way it wouldn’t be if it was sung perhaps more as a rock song throughout. Instead he uses rock riffs in the harmonies. That, coupled with his much lighter vocal treatment of the song, means that we experience his ‘addiction’ to pain somehow more clearly.
Here again, Adam treats us to something new: he sings the word “second” in a way that emphasises the rhythm but simultaneously stresses the immediacy of his sentiment.
This is what Adam tweeted about Chokehold: “You’re playing games with me and it’s putting me though it! But I’m addicted to the heartache and drama. I can’t get enough.”