Post by SusieFierce on May 10, 2011 0:13:28 GMT -5
And Judas was dropping on the charts before they released the video -- had nothing to do with the religious meaning IMO -- Judas has no hook. Try to sing it without playing it. There is not one hook line to sing -- just that repeating Judas nonsense. It was a bad song and production will no fix a bad song.
ITA. My apathy about "Judas" has nothing to do with the religious themes (I'm not religious, but I love religious iconography, Bible lore, etc.). If Judas was particularly listenable, I'd probably love it for the themes she plays with. But other than sounding like a compilation of three of her other songs, it does nothing for me. I don't even HEAR the evocative lyrics. And, I'm sorry, but the forced expansion of one syllable into three (or is that four?) grates on my nerves. Ju-da-a-as
That seems so lazy. Like when you're a little kid and you are trying to make up lyrics and you can't in time so you stretch one syllable out forever ...
BTW, I saw Melisende's tweet to Billboard; yes, fail on them for leaving Adam's name off, but we are encouraged to add anyone we want and vote more than once.
And, speaking of other sites, Juneau and Xena are going to be doing a beginner's guide to the best of Adam Lambert on their radio show Wednesday. This could be a good reference for you when people who are unaware of Adam ask what the big deal is.
They are asking for suggestions. This is what I posted, but it is not on the site yet.... waiting for moderation, it says. Guess it has to be approved.
Come to Me, Bend to Me –the voice is pure heaven, the technique flawless, the emotion palpable, and the instrumentation sparse so the voice is front and center. 200% proof of the extraordinary voice.
WWL – fantasy springs. Need I say why? Feeling Good – live or studio. Recognized by many vocalists to be one of his best. Shows range, diversity, power, interpretation, technique.
Can’t Let You Go — big rock song with insane technique. Don’t know another singer out there who can sing that high and powerfully while singing actual WORDS. The few who can hit those notes do it with an open vowel sound, but can’t articulate lyrics. Also shows range of emotion from beginning to end.
My Conviction — for the “Shit! That can’t be Adam Lambert, can it???” factor
Ring of Fire — for originality of arrangement, turning a song on its head, blowing our minds and also, again, the technique behind it is extraordinary. Who sings like that? Very difficult to execute.
Heaven on their Minds — rated by the rock guys at DDD as his best live performance.
Mad World — Idol live or studio. It’s the one he was most known for on the show, and the one that won him many new fans
Soaked — live acoustic. Often cited as having almost operatic vocals. Dynamic range great. Great emotional content.
Sleepwalker – Leno, or possibly Brisbane, which many fans consider the best version from his tour. Fierce. Wide range. Great emotional range.
Cassie: Has DDD rated or analyzed Durbin's voice or his performances on AI? Please tell me they think he is one, hot (out of tune) mess! :
They have an Idol thread up, and I just scanned it for Durbin references. The general opinion is that he has some chops but is inconsistent in his control and pitch. High notes are not always pleasant. No one is really comparing him to Adam except for one BSC Adam fangirl who gets on everyone's nerves.
Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.
Just a comment on singles strategy -- Adam's promotion will be better staged this cycle because Adam and RCA know what sells for him and where to draw the line on content/genre, and they have more time. The ideal situation is that he has another strong, long-lived single like WWFM and IIHY that appeals to pop music listeners not just fans. Then released a second single in November a couple of weeks before the album drops.
It is really unlikely that Adam will have a 2XP single -- they are rare. I would be very, very happy with a strong single that makes BBoard Top 10.
Regarding Judas and religious controversy --- the religious controversy looks like a PR stunt that didn't work. The only upset person is Lady Gaga who just got a yawn from even the religious right.
LADY GAGA "JUDAS" VIDEO IS A MESS
May 5, 2011
Catholic League president Bill Donohue had an opportunity to preview Lady Gaga's "Judas" video. Here are his thoughts:
In her "Judas" video, Lady Gaga plays fast and loose with Catholic iconography, and generates several untoward statements, but she typically dances on the line without going over it. Perhaps that is because the video is a mess. Incoherent, it leaves the viewer more perplexed than moved. The faux-baptismal scene is a curious inclusion, as is her apparent fondness for the Jesus character. But if anyone thinks the Catholic League is going to go ballistic over Lady Gaga's latest contribution, they haven't a clue about what really constitutes anti-Catholicism.
Hi Cassie, Some of these I have not heard! Unbelievable! Specifically Heaven on their Minds and My Conviction. Do you have links?
I LOVE Come to Me, Bend to Me. It blows my mind every time.
Be prepared to be blown away. Here is my conviction. Only audio. I would kill to have video too! And, he is not singing in falsetto. He is singing full head voice. Can't think of any other singer who can do what he does with this song.
Heaven on their Minds: Listen and you will understand why Adam wants to play Judas in that show. Hmmm, Judas. This song does that name justice. Sorry Gaga.
I know??? AAAAMAZING RIGHT??? I've been hooked on HOTM, CTMBTM, ACIGC lately too. (In addition to GNL on repeat in my car since it arrived – though I listen to radio too – but as soon as radio starts sucking, we're back to the CD )
Some late-breaking Twitter scuttlebutt (can't find source of this – IS A RUMOR at this point) that Adam's set in Moscow is 80 minutes?? He will need some new (or new-old) material, if that's the case.
My guess for Moscow -- Adam will cover a couple classic metal or glam metal songs (covers). My dream would be that he does Crawl Thru Fire -- but I bet not.
One thing I'm curious about, is how he's going to move, use the space without the dancers. I know he did this at the jingle balls, but didn't seem entirely comfortable with it? Maybe he was just used to them after so many shows together -- of course prior to glamnation it was a different story. Especially for a very long concert, I'm wondering how he stages it/breaks it up visually as well as musically.