I flat out, shamelessly, stupidly fell for Naked Love, which is faintly ironic, as I never much like Michael Jackson, who’s clearly one of the influences — but it’s a 2012 update of what would happen if Vince Clarke had interfered with Justin Timberlake’s 1990s updates of the Michael Jackson sound, and so very sunny. It’s completely the flip side of Shady, from being sunny and sprightly instead of sleazy and steamy, to adopting “naked” as a metaphor for honesty where before it had all really been about sex and power. (Lambert’s “faggot” banter is also fairly heavy-handed in its message. He’s generally fluent, charming, and funny, though. And his lying down on the stage to mug for the camera in the pit works with his “drama on the nightclub floor” goals.)
Thematically, Naked Love is also the triumphant turn from longing (IIHY) though introspection and misunderstanding to honesty and fulfillment. That’s a feel that continues through closing number Never Close Our Eyes (the “grasp our freedom” song) and encore Cuckoo (the “let your freak flag fly” song). Cuckoo is funk-disco with a colder feel than IIHY: the chorus drives so hard that it’ll fill the dance floor, but Lambert’s actually going “Cuckoo! Cuckoo!” is one of those schticks that either starts a dance craze or fails utterly.
Post by aleksandrakv on Oct 26, 2012 17:19:24 GMT -5
DRAKE MAGAZINE :: 6 Non-Single Pop Songs You Need to Hear
Adam Lambert – “Naked Love”
America’s favorite Idol runner-up went from glam rock to unapologetic, funk-infused R&B on his sophomore effort, Trespassing. Exhibit A: “Naked Love.” Lambert struts seductively through the surprisingly sweet come-on, his signature soaring vocals shining through—seriously, you can practically see the glitter and disco lights. drakemagazine.com/2012/10/6-non-single-pop-songs-you-need-to-hear/