Single Review: Adam Lambert – Ghost Town

Adam Lambert Ghost Town cover

Adam Lambert comes back to the pop scene with single ‘Ghost Town’
Adam Lambert took the world by storm when he first appeared in the music scene in 2009. He finished in second place in American Idol, got the whole world talking about his controversial live performance for his debut single ‘For Your Entertainment’ and had a worldwide hit with ‘Whataya Want From Me’. The campaign for his second album Tresspassing was not that successful and Lambert disappeared for a while, before touring with the original members of Queen. Now he is back with the new single ‘Ghost Town’, the first song to be taken from his new album The Original High, to be released on 12 June 2015.

Adam Lambert takes a completely new and exciting direction on this new single he worked on, together with hit writer and producer Max Martin. Where Lambert balanced between pop/rock and electronic party songs before, he now goes full on deep house on the chorus of ‘Ghost Town’, not to be confused with the new single with the same title by Madonna. The song starts out with a guitar and Adam’s still incredibly strong and emotive vocals. While the verse works towards a next step, Adam introduces the chorus by singing ‘my heart is a ghost town’ and then suddenly it is there. A deep house beat with an insanely catchy whistle hook. I have to say I am not a big fan of instrumental breakdowns in pop choruses anymore, but this somehow works well as a contrast to the dark vibe of the verses and lyrics.

‘Ghost Town’ is about the feeling of being abandoned by a lover and the rest of the world, making references to Hollywood legend James Dean and the king of Rock ‘n Roll Elvis Presley. Lyrics like ‘Died last night in my dreams, all the machines had been disconnected’ sound quite heavy and dark which puts a twist on the seemingly cheerful whistle that forms the most catchy part of the song. I can not put my finger on it completely, but there is something quite intriguing about ‘Ghost Town’. The only thing that misses is somewhat of a climax. The last chorus does not differ significantly from anything we heard earlier in the track so you slightly get the feeling it goes nowhere. Still this is a more than servicable comeback single and I am curious to see what radio worldwide will do with this. If they dare to play this slightly unusual, but still catchy pop single, it could be an international hit.

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