Post by aleksandrakv on Jun 6, 2012 1:41:25 GMT -5
*I'm bringing over the whole text written by Rabbitrabbit from the daily news thread
While I'm post-whoring I decided to look up all the ALBUM reviews which so far mention NCOE and what they say about it. This is all of them. The only one who outright disses it is Popdust (and they think Shady sounds like Maroon 5, so whatev ).
4) Never Close Our Eyes: Adams vocals really shine here. He sings this in an almost Savage Garden Darrin Hayes way, weaving flawlessly between the raspy low end of the verses into the sustained higher notes on the choruses. Great tune with another huge dance style beat.
What can I say about Never Close Our Eyes that hasn’t already said? Most people have heard this song already because it was announced as the second single, and rightfully so. It has a wonderful dance beat, great lyrics and Adam’s vocals really shine through on this track. This one is definitely one of my top favorites.
and mashes rock with electro-pop on current US single (and UK lead single) Never Close Our Eyes which was penned by Bruno Mars.
eq music blog
Never Close Our Eyes – Funny story about this track. Well…not really. Anyway, when we heard some tracks back in January, we heard this one but we weren’t allowed to talk about it because it wasn’t finished yet. I can’t express to you how difficult this was for me, as this is one of my favorite songs on the album. To me, this is a perfect dance pop song: it’s got great lyrics, great structure, an amazing chorus and Adam’s vocals really, really shine on it. There seems to be a theme of unapologetic love on this album, and it really continues with this track and it fits quite nicely.
Highlights are "Trespassing," an infectious, no-brainer that does cheerleading pop much better than "Give Me All Your Lovin'" by Maddy, funky-silly "Cuckoo," current single "Never Close Your Eyes," and the Prince-like "Shady."
The second (and current) single “Never Close Our Eyes” is up next. This track throbs with energy and emotion. It’s by some accounts a beautiful love song but otherwise applicable to simply living life to the fullest. Penned by Bruno Mars, Adam’s voice is tender and/or powerful when and where it needs to be. Having heard the other songs on the album, I do question this now as the second single choice but it does seem to be getting great buzz thus far and hopefully will be a hit and put this album on the map. Those harmonies and that soaring note on the chorus, though. Goosebumps!
popdust (reviewed each track)
12. “Never Close Our Eyes”
“Never Close Our Eyes” has been out for a while; it’s the second Trespassing single. It’s also one of two tracks on Trespassing Adam had no credited involvement in. The other track is the other single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” and you’ve got to wonder why; when Lambert’s name slips off the credits, the quality slips as well.
Here’s who is involved in “Never Close Our Eyes.” The track was originally Bruno Mars demo, which makes a lot of sense–every other pop song’s got a carpe diem (and/or noctem) message, but who else in pop would be so literally morbid about it and write “there’s plenty of time to sleep when we die” or “none of us are promised to see tomorrow?”? (Lana Del Rey doesn’t count. Neither do the writers of “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.”) You almost wonder whether Bruno originally meant this as a slower, statelier ballad, something like “It Will Rain,” which would make a lot of sense. But that’s a moot question, because Dr. Luke and Cirkut got hold of it, and neither seems to know what to do. The prechorus, in particular, sounds like nobody could decide whether it called for a dubstep breakdown, spot of synth claps or Travie McCoy interjecting with his acoustic guitar. Adam does his best with what he’s given, growling and stressing and gospel-belting his way through lines too cliched for him. The problem’s not him, it’s the material–which is particularly baffling, considering there are at least five better singles on this thing. One of them is [the track] right after this.
Never Close Our Eyes – don’t get me wrong, this is still a good track but to me the record label have got all the single releases from Trespassing wrong. There are more exciting and progressive tracks on the album then this. However, I like the structure of this song, the way it builds up to the chorus is a testament to the skilled production on this album.
Strangely though, “Never Close Our Eyes” makes a discordant note with the rest of the album, prompting many to say it would have been a better fit on “FYE.”
“Never Close Our Eyes” comes from a more thoughtful place, but dresses itself in such stylised, gaudy disco beats that you’d hardly notice. Bruno Mars was involved in putting this together, and such is evident in the soulful, considered vocal line, which adds an earthy gravitas to the biting rhythms of the chorus.
The house-music epic "Never Close Our Eyes" (co-written by two other Midas-Touched hitmakers, Bruno Mars and Dr. Luke) probably has David Guetta cancelling all future recording sessions with the proposed guest allstars for his next album, and deciding to hire Adam to sing on every track instead.
btw there were also blog reviews just about NCOE when it first came out as a single, but they aren't helpfully indexed somewhere so I didn't go hunting for them, lol. But if I remember correctly, they tended to be very positive. « Last Edit: May 14, 2012, 1:18am by rabbitrabbit »
Post by aleksandrakv on Jun 6, 2012 1:59:32 GMT -5
Rolling Stone: Adam Lambert Releases Dystopian 'Never Close Our Eyes' Clip
Big Brother is watching you destroy him with dance
By Jon Blistein, May 29, 2012 2:35 PM
The new clip for "Never Close Our Eyes," the second single from Adam Lambert's historic, chart-topping record Trespassing, has been given the bleak Orwellian treatment. Locked down and under constant surveilance in some futuristic prison, Lambert and his fellow inmates are subjected to meals in pill form, backbreaking labor and the eradication of individuality through eye-color removal. But as the song progresses, Lambert leads a dance-dance revolution, beating back the guards with a killer, neon-soaked sequence as the song hits its bombastic final chorus. It'd be a good addition to our "Ten Best Apocalyptic Dance Music Videos" gallery. .
Adam Lambert Goes Futuristic In 'Never Close Our Eyes' Music Video by Jason Scott
Adam's new 'Never Close Our Eyes' music video has us going all '1984' up in here!
The pop beats and clever hook are set to a futuristic setting as Adam Lambert portrays an inmate in a high-tech society where he is just a face in the crowd. From the first images of a colorless world to the prisoners popping little blue and white pills, Adam is sending a pretty strong message about individuality and keeping an open mind.
"I interpret that as we're keeping our eyes wide open", Adam said in a recent behind-the-scenes video. "Stay open to all possibilities, keep an open mind and an open heart to life."
Adam Lambert’s “Never Close Our Eyes” Video: Watch Him Fight For Free Society by Robbie Daw May 29th, 2012
You have to hand it to Lambert — whether he’s simply walking around a room looking forlorn, throwing a glitter fest in the woods or channeling George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the American Idol alum’s videos are never dull.
Post by aleksandrakv on Jun 6, 2012 2:22:38 GMT -5
MTV Buzzworthy Blog:
Can we officially agree that this is going be the summer of Adam Lambert? The guy's already on fire with his Trespassing album, which debuted at No. 1. And now his new "Never Close Our Eyes" video proves he's ready for total domination as he fights the power...without a single hair falling out of place.
Post by aleksandrakv on Jun 6, 2012 4:40:27 GMT -5
Adam Lambert's 'Trespassing': A track-by-track review
By Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY
Never Close Our Eyes (Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, Lukasz Gottwald, Philip Lawrence, Henry Walter). A late addition to the album that was definitely worth the wait. In some ways, it's similar to Cuckoo in its desire to maximize the moment, but there's such a longing when Adam sings "I wish that this night would never be over." It's more than a party-all-night song; it's as if he knows how much will be lost forever once the moment stops.
Post by aleksandrakv on Jun 14, 2012 17:03:29 GMT -5
Adam Lambert: 'Never Close Our Eyes' - Single review
Released on Sunday, Jun 24 2012 Published Thursday, Jun 14 2012, 12:03 BST | By Robert Copsey |
A glance over the credits for Adam Lambert's forthcoming album Trespassing reads like a who's who of world-class pop. But while he's had a hand in several of the tracks, you couldn't be blamed for wondering whether he'll be overshadowed by teaming up with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and, on his latest cut, production powerhouses Bruno Mars and Dr Luke.
Fortunately, it's a combination that works in perfect harmony. Mars's lyrics provide the fist-clenching emotion ("There's plenty of time to sleep when we die/ So let's just stay awake until we grow older"), Luke's throbbing beats and squelchy synths ensure it's tailored to the dancefloor, and Lambert supplies plenty of drama with a growly vocal. The result, as you might expect, is near pop perfection.