I don’t know if this will be pulled, but here’s the full-length version of Adam Lambert’s Time For Miracles (via VFTW)
Guess what? I don’t hate it. It’s not rewriting the history of contemporary music by any means. It’s exactly what I would expect as the first single from an American Idol contestant.
I imagine Lambert will have a different, more “glammy” sound on his debut album, but this is your standard disaster movie ballad. I often like this schlock, however, I don’t find it as awesomey-schlocky as Aerosmith’s fantastic I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing from Armageddon (aka my favorite shit movie of all time). You can’t even compare it to anything by Kenny Loggins, who will forever be the king of movie theme songs.
But Time For Miracles is very Diane Warren-esque. It’s so damn commercial and it screams THEME SONG TO BIG EXPENSIVE MOVIE WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS. I’m wracking my brain trying to recall the theme songs to crappy, big-budget blockbusters and all I can think of is Josh Groban’s theme for Troy and the shitty-ass song Faith Hill did for Pearl Harbor, which is nearly the same movie as Armagedoon, even though it takes place in WWII. (Seriously, there are some of the exact same SCENES in each movie, down to wide shots of aircraft/shuttle hangers and Liv Tyler/Kate Beckinsale sitting in “mission control” impeccably dressed.) Comparing Lambert’s Time For Miracles to those horrible songs is simple — its a helluva lot better the the other shit, but it really doesn’t move me one way or another. I don’t really, really, really want to hear it again.
Time For Miracles is your typical pop-rock power ballad. It’s a fact you cannot even attempt to argue.
This is the type of song I hope is on Lambert’s first album. It’s a few years old — Spoon’s I Turn My Camera On. I love Spoon. I would love to see him restrain his extreme soprano into something like Britt Daniel’s vocals. I’ve been a big fan of Muse for years and frankly, I hate the fact they’re now associated with that Twilight bullshit, and that people have become devoted fans of theirs only because of Twilight, Adam Lambert or both.
Adam Lambert can go bombastic every time he steps into a recording studio or up to a mic, but I hate wailers. So what if a person can hit high notes? That doesn’t make great music (see Mariah, Christina, et al). I’ve always thought Lambert would be most interesting if he reigns it in, controls it…for entire songs. Not abandoning it all together, but not always performing those glory notes.