I'm just another obsessed fan. Putting together all the hints, I have a theory about Ghost Town. I think it may be about the down side of fame and fortune and how we fans expect so much from our "idols". We use them up and then leave them to deal with the aftermath. If I'm right, I hope Adam knows that the Glamberts will always have his back and will never let him down!
12 April 2015 Adam Lambert makes triumphant return with new song Ghost Town: First listen review The singer returns with a bonkers track that forces you to sit up and take notice.
By Rob Copsey
Excitement about Adam Lambert’s new music started back in January, when it was announced that he had signed a new record deal with Warner and had brought in pop aficionado Max Martin to helm his third studio album.
In case you’re not aware, Max responsible for several barrel loads of incredible pop songs over the past 20 years by the likes of Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson and Pink (click here to look at his full list of production work). And while the prospect of Adam teaming up with him is exciting enough, even better is that Ghost Town is as much a departure for Max as it is for Adam.
So what does it sound like? After one play we only wrote one word in our notes: ‘BONKERS’. When it comes to pop music, this is usually a good thing. Fortunately we were allowed to listen to it again.
The song itself opens with a dramatic guitar strums that will inevitably be compared to Avicii’s Hey Brother. “I tried to believe in Elvis and James Dean but Hollywood sold out” he sings, before the whole things drops away and morphs into a chorus that is short on lyrics but big on hooks. “Now I know my heart is a Ghost Town” he declares over a spacious house beat and – crucially - a ludicrously catchy whistle that immediately lodges itself in the brain. Here's a short clip Adam recently posted on his Instagram:
The whole thing continues to grow from there. Adam’s vocal and Max’s carefully layered production build up towards a climatic middle 8 that results in an explosion of whistles, guitars and stabbing synths on the finale. It’s big, but it’s not over-sung; the opposite of what was quite rightly required of Adam during his recent tour with Queen.
Lyrically, Ghost Town isn’t about one thing in particular. The subject matter and atmosphere is dark and moody (“I died last night in my dreams”) and overall seems to allude to someone searching for something missing in their life.
Crucially, Ghost Town is the kind of song that forces you to sit up and take notice which, without a major UK hit to his name yet, is exactly what Adam Lambert needs right now. You’ll be able to hear the song in full on April 21.
Adam Lambert’s new single ‘Ghost Town': The first review Posted On 13 Apr 2015 09:58By : Nick BondTags: Adam Lambert, entertainment
Glamberts, we’ll give you the good news first: Here at Attitude HQ we’ve had our hands on Adam Lambert’s new single Ghost Town for a few days now, and we love it.
The bad news: We can’t share the song itself with you just yet (strict instructions from Team Lambert), but we can give you our review.
It’s definitely unlike anything Adam’s ever done before. Gone are some of the more OTT glam rock moments of his previous two albums, replaced with a more understated, sophisticated – dare we say, cooler - sound.
“Died last night in my dreams, walking the streets of some old ghost town,” Lambert sings over subdued acoustic guitars for the first verse. It’s gorgeous, folky – think Madonna’s quieter moments on the underrated American Life album (although maybe we just have Madge on the brain as the pair are releasing singles with the same name at the same time – great minds etc).
That all changes 45 seconds in as Lambert ushers in an eery house beat with the line “Now I know my heart is a ghost town,” and the song lifts into a proper dance track, complete with addictive whistled, wordless hook (think The X Files theme and you’re almost there).
It’s an unusual hybrid – to make it a proper dance floor filler it’ll need a killer remix to lift the tempo on those (great) folky verses – but it’s certainly an uber-cool comeback with real hit potential.
Music Feature Adam Lambert's new single 'Ghost Town' first listen review: Compelling By Lewis Corner Monday, Apr 13 2015, 5:44am EDT
Adam Lambert made pop history when he became the first ever openly gay artist to top the Billboard 200 chart with his previous album Trespassing back in 2012. He then continued to tour with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor across the world, collecting positive reviews wherever they went, and proving - alongside Jennifer Hudson - that talent rules supreme even if you fail to take the American Idol crown.
Nevertheless, during that time Adam has been away working on his own solo project too. For album number three he has teamed up with Max Martin and Shellback which, for those of you in the know, is a pretty big deal in pop. They have been responsible for some of the biggest chart hits behind the likes of Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
The first single to be lifted from Lambert's forthcoming new album The Original High, however, is slightly left-field from what we've previously heard from the production stalwarts. 'Ghost Town' obviously has a massive earworm hook - which is in the form of an addictive whistle line here - but its overall tone is marginally darker than their previous shiny anthems.
Essentially, it's a mood perfect for Adam's balance of glam rock image, soulful vocal and today's house music-dominated landscape. 'Ghost Town's verses are dusty and spacious, as Adam wanders through them with an acoustic guitar line searching for his Beatrice (figuratively speaking) within the Dante-esque narrative. "Saw all of the Saints lock up the gates/ I could not enter/ Walked into the flames, called out your name/ But there was no answer," he laments, before the chorus drops into a deep house bassline and stomping club beats.
It's a finely judged equilibrium between the two styles, but it really works nonetheless. What's more, as the song progresses each verse and chorus has another layer added, meaning Adam's soul-search intensifies as it reaches its conclusion. It gets to a glorious middle eight that delivers an epic blow as the vocal reverb is ramped for full effect and Lambert growls: "Don't give a f**k if I go down."
'Ghost Town', in essence, is the perfect bridge between what we heard on Trespassing and what we expect will come on The Original High. Its style is quintessentially Adam; brooding, pulsating and compelling in equal measure. It may hear him mourn his empty heart, but there's enough here to get everyone else's pumping faster.
Adam Lambert's new single 'Ghost Town' will premiere on April 21.
We Had A Listen Of Adam Lambert's 'Ghost Town' & We Can't Get It Out Of Our Heads Queen who? Adam makes his mark on 2015 with brand new solo material...
16:27, Monday, 13 April 2015 by Michael Pell
When we heard Adam Lambert had enlisted Max Martin and Shellback to produce his third studio album, we sat up and took notice. The super producers have been responsible for some huge chart tuneage from the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Backstreet Boys, so we jumped at the chance to get a first listen of the lead single 'Ghost Town' from his forthcoming LP The Original High, and now we're very, very excited for him...
A dark message shrouded in uptempo beats, 'Ghost Town' begins with a tense, haunting guitar before launching into the addictive whistle for the hook and a dirty dancefloor donk.
An enchanting, dramatic beat - typical of Max Martin - Oliver Heldens' 'Gecko (Overdrive)' first springs to mind and clearly his time working with Avicii on 'Lay Me Down' must have planted some seeds.
While they influence, they don't overbear but it's clear Adam wants us up on our feet!
Lambert's vocals are flawless and having toured with the mighty Queen, you'd expect no less. However, if you're looking for more rock anthema from this American Idol diva, 'Ghost Town' is the perfect introduction to his third album and we're sure he's got some more tricks up his bejeweled sleeves.