Ok, I'll start this one. I really enjoyed this on the headphones. The duet with himself after the bridge is heavenly and I can hear more of those harmonies in the rest of the album even on my laptop speakers. I think the video was great except for the poorly formed glass shards at the end where dark Adam reaches thru. When I'm playing the stream I keep thinking why has it skipped to Outlaws of Love and then I realize, oh it's BTIKM. Must be something about the opening chords which are similar.
My big quibble with this song and the reason I think it didn't go anywhere as a single was with the production. It was great with headphones but on my car speakers it was chalk on a chalk board. I could not turn it up. Now maybe not everyone listens to the radio only in their car but it's the only time I do.
ETA: After playing my CD multiple times in the car I'm not getting the same discordant production that plagued my radio reception. I am able to turn it up and enjoy listening to it.
Post by aleksandrakv on Jun 6, 2012 3:45:28 GMT -5
AFTERELTON: Review: Adam Lambert's "Trespassing" Is Manna From Glitter Heaven
8. BETTER THAN I KNOW MYSELF
I love the song, and will continue to defend it. Like "Naked Love," it's a perfect showcase for the plaintive Adam, and makes tremendous use of his vocal range. Best Lyric: "You're the only thing in this world I would die without."
Post by aleksandrakv on Jun 6, 2012 4:05:39 GMT -5
Billboard.com: Adam Lambert, 'Trespassing': Track-By-Track Review
8. Better Than I Know Myself - The logical sequel to "Whataya Want From Me," the lead single retains its icy sheen months after it first hit airwaves, as Lambert exposes his most vulnerable tendencies in stirring fashion.
ALLUREOFSOUND: Review: Adam Lambert – Better Than I Know Myself
Adam Lambert is back with an infectious new single titled “Better Than I Know Myself.” The track is the lead single from his forthcoming studio album Trespassing, the follow-up to his million selling debut album For Your Entertainment .
If “Better Than I Know Myself” is any indication of what Adam has in store for us on Trespassing, we are in for a spectacular album. The track, which features the production skills of Dr. Luke, is by far Adam’s strongest single to date. When his voice swells to declare, at the opening of the song’s chorus, “Cause if I wanted to go I would have gone by now, but I really need you near me,” it’s nothing short of remarkable. You can sense that Adam has a personal connection with every word he sings.
“Better Than I Know Myself” is an interesting choice as a single because it lacks all the gimmicks and cliché’s that can be found on most modern pop songs, but still sounds current enough to have mass appeal. The track is beautifully arranged, and with Adam’s strong vocal delivery, it should have a strong presence on pop radio.
Post by aleksandrakv on Jun 6, 2012 4:11:49 GMT -5
MUUMUSE: Adam Lambert: Better Than I Know Myself (Single Review) by Sam Lansky
Get ready, y’all, because the evolution of Adam Lambert has just begun.
See, I’ve had a chance to listen to the new Adam Lambert single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” — in full. Great news — it’s really, really good.
First off, I should say that the snippet, which was released today, doesn’t really do the song justice. You can hear that the chorus sees Adam reaching into the higher part of his register, with booming, “Halo”-like drums and a skittering backbeat. But part of what makes the song magical is the way it builds from the opening of whining synths and a nicely percussive backing track, then builds instrumentally into the chorus. Dr. Luke‘s signature style as a producer is the juxtaposition of relatively subdued verses and a huge, explosive chorus, and “Better Than I Know Myself” does that magnificently.
The added talents of Claude Kelly, too, who remains one of the finest songwriters currently in the game, augment the song’s impact, since Claude has a way of cutting to the core of an emotional conflict with quick, elegant images. “Cold as ice, and more bitter than a December winter night/That’s how I treated you,” Adam sings in the opening lyrics, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it simile that speaks volumes.
The most emotionally potent moment is the bridge, where the richer synths yield to a tinkling piano and the lyrics turn unexpectedly vulnerable: “I get kinda dark/Let it go too far/I can be obnoxious at times/But try and see my heart.” It’s a lovely turn, with a candor that’s refreshing to hear in pop music, and it makes the song truly memorable.
In my piece last week for MTV Buzzworthy, I wrote that “My sources tell me that ‘Better Than I Know Myself’ is a piece of flaw-free radio candy, a stunning midtempo track with a powerhouse chorus that’s like a pumped-up ‘Whataya Want From Me,’ and it should cement Adam’s place in the pop A-list.” I’m sticking by this, especially the latter statement. “Better Than I Know Myself” is more radio-ready as anything on his last album, and I would be stunned if it didn’t perform excellently on the charts, and catapult Adam way further into the realm of superstardom than he’s ever been before.
Post by aleksandrakv on Jul 15, 2012 13:27:14 GMT -5
The Sound Bath: Adam Lambert’s Trespassing: the vocal review
Posted on July 12, 2012 by soundbath
Better Than I Know Myself was the first single to be released from the album.
It is basically a tender love song, although in the music video Adam reinterprets the song completely to great effect, demonstrating successfully the different interpretations lurking inside his songs.
At the very start of the song, Adam again displays his use of breath in the interpretation of songs, by taking in a sharp breath, as though he is “cold as ice.” It’s seems such a simple thing, but it is highly effective and a testament to Adam’s unique artistic instincts, because it goes against classical training.
Better Than I Know Myself displays perfectly Adam’s remarkable ability to connect with his vulnerable side and his skill in inviting the audience to share those emotions with him. The tessitura of this song is rather high and probably presents somewhat of a challenge for him to sing. And yet, those full-voiced high notes are still perfectly free with no squeezing or ‘shouting,’ another testament to Adam’s masterful vocal technique.
To me it’s a kind of make-up-after-a-fight song, especially in view of the turbulent piano underneath the lyrics near the beginning of the song. Adam says that he sees this song as a reassurance to your partner of your love.