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Notwithstanding the Queen-like a capella intro, he not only captures the poignant intimacy and stark vulnerability in Eilish’s lyrics, but takes it a step further. His rendition of Billie Eilish’s “Getting Older” delivers a masterclass in adding layers of emotional depth to a song with simple tweaks to its underlying structure.

Baltin: That takes us nicely into the album and some of these songs on High Drama that you chose I imagine were very instrumental for you as you were growing up. Lambert is no stranger to this interpretative body of work and shows it from the onset of the record. Billie Eilish’s “Getting Older” opens with a Queen-esque harmonized vocal before shifting to a rock ballad. Songs range from the more recent, Pink's My Attic, Billie Eilish's Getting Older, an epic rock re-imagining of Lana Del Rey's West Coast, to the beautiful interpretation of Noel Coward’s classic Mad About The Boy.

It’s exciting, and if our new takes of these wonderful songs can surprise the artists who recorded the originals, then the record’s definitely succeeded. And I think I'm in a place right now that's interesting 'cause I just feel like I have a really strong idea of what I want to make. Baltin: Were there things about some of these songs that pleasantly surprised you when you got into singing them? And I think there was a point in time on my journey over the last 14 years where I wasn't totally sure.

I think identity politics are tricky and complicated, but what makes the arts so important is that we can really help influence pop culture. Songs range from the more recent, Pink’s ‘My Attic’, Billie Eilish’s ‘Getting Older’, an epic rock re-imagining of Lana Del Rey’s ‘West Coast’, to the beautiful interpretation of Noel Coward’s classic ‘Mad About The Boy’. With High Drama, Lambert has delivered a collection of unsurprisingly solid and well-executed covers. Starring Jacob Elordi as Bobby, a hitchhiking serial killer in the summer of 1964, and Zachary Quinto as Jim, the unassuming animal trainer who picks him up by the side of a road in Death Valley, the film does bear traces of latent, off-key zaniness, especially whenever co-star Spanky, a chimpanzee, enters the picture.Over the past decade, I've explored a few different areas and sounds and energies, and I feel like part of this new chapter in my career is me being really clear on who I am, and what I am, and what I'm not. Signature tracks from the original artists like Chandelier, West Coast and Sex On Fire come to life this time in a very singular aesthetic, and it screams Adam's song and not cover. He added, “The brief was to take a bunch of really great songs from all genres and completely remold them.

It's an update that feels in line with Lambert's sound and aesthetic, while paying homage to a specific forebearer who paved the way for his career. In "Getting Older," Lambert shows how a composition, even as recently as one by Billie Eilish, can be given a new emotional avenue to explore by a tempo change – a reframed chorus or simply, in this case, the age of the person singing it. When I was a teenager, for example, before I came out, when I was kind of coming to terms with my sexuality, I was watching Will and Grace, and loving it and watching it like with the whole family, and we were all laughing, all having a good time.This genre-spanning collection of reimagined covers takes some of Adam’s favourite songs by artists like Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey, Bonnie Tyler, Sia, Duran Duran and Kings Of Leon to a different dimension thanks to the classic ‘Adam Lambert’ treatment. Ordinary World" goes back to the well of his "Mad World" breakthrough on American Idol, finding the deeper pathos in the brittle songwriting of the 80s. I said to my team, I wish I had new music to put out on the quick side for all of my beautiful fans and the idea for a covers album felt like we could get that done quicker. However, I was influenced by the great rendition of the single Holding Out For a Hero to give it a shot. So I think I just stopped worrying about playing a game and more so started to focus just on my own instincts on what kind of music I love.

He then transforms Kings of Leon’s “Sex On Fire” to a bouncy and upbeat bass-driven alt-pop song that starts quiet and sensual before crescendoing into a fun, almost campy, climax. The former trumps the latter since it is the Lambert one is after when purchasing a Lambert record – so excuse him when it's overdone. Certain items can take longer to source than the estimated week, particularly during busy trading periods and may take longer to arrive at our warehouse. OFFENBURG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 25: Adam Lambert performs on stage during the Giovanni Zarrella Show .It's an explosive first track, and it isn't in a war against the rhythm of the original the way some of the other stompy covers here are - because Lambert's producers haven't vacuumed all of the disco qualities out of it to make it sound more like Queen. While I don't think the more measured, electro-pop take on this disco hit works as well for the gleeful verses, I do enjoy how hard it hits on the choruses.

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