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  • Summary: The runner-up in season eight of American Idol releases his debut album.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
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  1. If For Your Entertainment's material sometimes wears him rather than vice versa, he's still the belle of what turns out to be one heck of a glitter-pop ball.
  2. Lambert sounds larger than life on these, just like he wants to be, and if there’s no sense of danger here, at least there’s a lot of pure pop pleasure here, more than any immediate post-Idol album has ever delivered.
  3. Lambert’s ambition and undeniable vocal chops make it easy to forgive an occasionally over-reaching record that ultimately feels like a rough draft for an interesting career.
  4. Over the course of the album's 14 tracks, Lambert struts and vamps and brings a real sense of spectacle to his vocal performances.
  5. It’s a series of hedged bets. It stuffs Lambert into a box of formulas that keep his musical flamboyance in check.
  6. The songs sound great but feel strangely stuffy--Entertainment seems like a disc that was overthought.
  7. This is an overwrought, clunky, only sparingly entertaining record, constantly in argument with itself. Worse, 'For Your Entertainment' isn’t an ambitious flop, it’s a conservative one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 94
  2. Negative: 6 out of 94
  1. GinaS
    Dec 2, 2009
    10
    Adam Lambert's debut album is aptly titled. Rarely do I buy full CDs, as I only like a few tracks as a rule. On FYE, I'm hard Adam Lambert's debut album is aptly titled. Rarely do I buy full CDs, as I only like a few tracks as a rule. On FYE, I'm hard pressed to even pick my favorite songs. There are only one or two that I don't love (Time for Miracles doesn't really fit with the vibe of the other songs) Lambert's vocals are incredible, and his dance tunes make great workout songs. This is a great album, and I highly recommend it. Expand
  2. PiaE
    Dec 2, 2009
    10
    I was leaning towards a 9, but since several people have given it a 0, which I don't think anybody deserves, I feel inclined to give it I was leaning towards a 9, but since several people have given it a 0, which I don't think anybody deserves, I feel inclined to give it a 10. It really is a great CD. Who cares if it isn't cohesive, I like to listen to great songs, and this CD has many. I absolutely loooveee Sleepwalker, Soaked, and Fever, and I don't dislike any of the songs. Great debut CD! Expand
  3. LibertyBell
    Dec 11, 2009
    10
    I started to listen to music again, thanks to this album! Glad there is different types of music sounds and enjoy all the cuts. Favorite is Strut.
  4. KayD
    Nov 28, 2009
    9
    I really am pleasantly surprised about how well this album bears up to repeat listening. Music Again, Fever, Loaded Smile and Broken Open are I really am pleasantly surprised about how well this album bears up to repeat listening. Music Again, Fever, Loaded Smile and Broken Open are my favs. Looking forward to Adam's next album when he will have more time to take it up a notch. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2013
    9
    An amazing pop album debut from season eight runner up of American Idol, Adam Lambert. There is not one bad song on the album. Picking aAn amazing pop album debut from season eight runner up of American Idol, Adam Lambert. There is not one bad song on the album. Picking a favorite is pretty much impossible, but stand out tracks include: "Whataya Want From Me", "Aftermath", "If I Had You" and "Sleepwalker". Expand
  6. Jan 30, 2015
    8
    Throughout the album, Lambert brings a real sense of spectacle to his vocal performances. A brilliant power-pop record. It's just a shame it'sThroughout the album, Lambert brings a real sense of spectacle to his vocal performances. A brilliant power-pop record. It's just a shame it's a little too obvious which songs were written by Pink, Gaga, Matthew Bellamy and so on. Expand
  7. Mikes
    Nov 23, 2009
    0
    Awful!!! I hope this "guy" just disappears!

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