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Mostly Repeat: Adam Lambert, "The Original High"
Try to remember all the way back to Adam Lambert's stint on "American Idol." There were many moments of vulnerability and even nuance then than there was in his first rocker studio albums after the show ended. Lambert tones down the persona and big beats in favor of subtler details in this full-length, blending his growl in with softer softer synths, snaps, strings and purrs. Tove Lo is a natural match with Lambert here, on "Rumors" and Queen co-founder Brian May and Lambert collaborate yet again for brooding, excellent "Lucy." Lambert still struggles glueing with great melodies, but this is a super set as far as his own album-making career goes.