A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that for the most part this album is rather tame, but there are a few tracks on here that might raise some eyebrows when it comes to sexy lyrics. Although there's nothing really explicit, Lambert does sing about some mature subject matter, like a ménage à trois and mixes talk of pleasure and pain together in a seductive way. Having caused quite the controversy at the American Music Awards for his performance, which included kissing a guy and a brief move that simulated oral sex, it should be noted that this album is far less scandalous than this one performance.
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What's the story?
American Idol's season eight runner-up dishes up a collection of over a dozen songs about love, lust, and coming out (well, sort of) on FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT. Lambert sings (and often squeals) about wanting to break free and embrace his true identify while remaining upbeat on this fast-paced dance/pop album. Some big names help with this musical introduction, with songwriting credits given to everyone from Lady GaGa to Pink.
Is it any good?
AI alums aren't known for their artistic daring or musical drama, and that's what makes Adam Lambert's debut so refreshing. Here's one Idol that's willing to stir the pot and spice things up with his sassy spirit and impish playfulness. That persona is in fine form on tracks like "Whataya Want From Me?," "Strut," and "Sleepwalker." From belting out operatic notes to getting down with dance-floor beats, Lambert creates a glam rock/ retro pop album that's deliberate and cohesive. This is one Idol that definitely has something to say, and it's a pleasure to listen.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Adam Lambert's American Music Awards performance. Do you think the act was too much for younger audiences? Should the guy-on-guy kiss be attracting so much controversy? How do you think it compares to the kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears? Is there a double standard? Is it easier to accept women being sexual with each other as opposed to men? How is homosexuality generally portrayed in the media?
On one song Lambert sings about how love is more important than money and fame. Do you think the media encourages this idea? Can you think of instances where the exact opposite is shown?
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