Continuing my American Idol Season 8 wrap-up nonsense, I decided I would also review Adam Lambert’s “Favorite Performances Collection”. This song set is extremely popular on iTunes; it’s still #5 on top albums over one week from being released. Here’s the review:
(The songs are in the order they appear on the track listing, and will be rating on a scale of 0 to 10 elephants)
- “Black or White“- 8 Elephants- The live version of this “Black or White” was energetic and exciting, and I don’t think that translated very well to the studio version. It seems much more relaxed. Analogy: The live version is to bold, black coffee as the studio version is to a mocha frappe latte.
- “Born to be Wild“- 8.5 Elephants- Once again, like “Black or White”, I don’t think these high-energy songs from Adam translate very well into studio recordings. But of course it’s much harder to deliver the energy and excitement on a recording, especially an American Idol recording. I can’t get it out of my head that this sounds like a “Born to be Wild” dance remix.
- “Cryin“- 9 Elephants- This was one of my favorite songs from Adam throughout Season 8 because the screech/wail that he does worked so well. It wasn’t overdone or obnoxious, it just worked. The studio recording is similar in that it’s a great vocal and it all just works.
- “Feeling Good“- 9.5 Elephants- I think this is one of the few songs that I enjoyed the studio recording and not really the live performance. The studio recording is great! Definitely one of my favorite studios from Adam. He breathed new life to this old classic and it really worked.
- “If I Can’t Have You“- 8.5 Elephants- The vocals in this song are great, but when I listen to it the music gives me the feeling that this an 80s pop song. I don’t know what the people that add the backing track in are thinking sometimes. Other than that, it’s good!
- “Mad World“- 9.5 Elephants- I’ve got three words for you: haunting. Take it in folks, I will never use the word “haunting” to describe a song again because it makes me feel like Kara. Seriously though, this song is great and Adam does a great job with it every time. It may be teetering on the edge of “performance overkill” since it’s been on every morning talk show in the U.S., but it’s still great and the definitive Adam song.
- “One“- 9 Elephants- I expressed my complete disdain for Adam screwing up one of my favorite songs, but he fixed it all with the recording. The little changes he made in the melody are gone and it’s back to it’s original form. I know that I’m the number 1 proponent for changing songs up, but that’s only if it works. If you go for it and it fails, tough stuff for you. But like I said, he fixed it for the studio and it sounds great.
- “Play That Funky Music“- 7 Elephants- I hate this song, and I like it no more when Adam does it. The vocals are good, but the song is complete garbage. That’s all I’ve gotta say about this one.
- “Ring of Fire“- 0 Elephants- Just as frightening as the first time, I can’t even finish it. I’m not trying to pull a Clay Aiken and say that I’m going to have nightmares and it was horrible in the vocals because that’s just not true. The vocals are fine, the whole arrangement is just scary. I don’t like this song really in any form though. Oh and I don’t really give it 0, more like 7.
- “The Tracks of My Tears“- 8.5 Elephants- I definitely liked the live version better without all the background nonsense going on, but it’s still a good song even in studio. I wish American Idol would just leave the performances acoustic or whatever in studio because that’s the reason why American loves those performances! Ahh, it’s so aggravating.
- “Whole Lotta Love“- 9 Elephants- Once again like “Cryin” the screech works here. If Adam is going to want to do the screech, then songs like these are definitely going to suit him well. And to give the screech credit, it’s one heck of an on-pitch screech.
- “A Change is Gonna Come“- 9 Elephants- It’s probably the most soulful track on the favorites compilation, and it definitely sounds good. Not too much was added to the studio version (thankfully) so it keeps a lot of what was in the live version.
After much debate, I’ve decided that the following songs wil make the TCJ Playlist:
- “Feeling Good”
- “Mad World”
- “The Tracks of My Tears”
- “Whole Lotta Love”
- “A Change is Gonna Come”
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