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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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. For Your Entertainment is a polished affair, but stylistically, it shows Lambert running loose like a kid in a Comme des Garçons store.
  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: 85 out of 93
  2. Negative: 6 out of 93
  1. GinaS
    Dec 2, 2009
    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
    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
    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. Colleen
    Dec 1, 2009
    I wish "Mad World" had been included on this CD. Although I like it, I would've liked something along that line that was less "produced" and more just Adam's amazing vocals featured. (This is why I gave this CD a 9 rather than a 10). Expand
  5. AerynS
    Dec 2, 2009
    It's a brilliant album. Addictive, fun and catchy. It spans so many genres of music that it can sit happily in it's own playlist without ever being monotonous. It has it's unique sound that's both nostalgic and new. It's fun and it's touching. And the icing on this triple chocolate cake of an album is Lambert's sublime creamy vocals. The only reason I gave this album a 9, is because I don't think it fair to give any debut album, no matter how good, a 10 - every new artist needs room to grow. Expand
  6. May 28, 2012
    Great Choice Of Singles
    Great Voice
    Great Debut Album
  7. Mikes
    Nov 23, 2009
    Awful!!! I hope this "guy" just disappears!

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