Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Idol winner mixes edgy glam-pop and introspective ballads.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

A lot of the songs are about clubbing and partying, but "Underneath" is about being true to the person you really are and being comfortable in your own skin.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Although Lambert's style is controversial and too flashy for some, you have to give him props for being himself and having his own personal and musical style.


Nothing explicit, but "Naked Love" has some obvious innuendo: "I want your naked love, don't dress it up .. .take it off and try me on ... the hottest dress you ever wore ... get lucky tonight."


"F--k" a few times, "ass" a few times.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Kickin' In" is about being in the club and drinking: "She puts the shot glass down, she asks for another round, she wants to hit the clouds, it is kickin' in?"

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trespassing is the sophomore album from controversial American Idol winner, Adam Lambert, and showcases his flashy, glam-pop side with club-heavy beats and themes of partying and living it up. There is some innuendo and profanity as well ("f--k" and "ass"). That being said, there are some positive songs about being true to yourself that will resonate with teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCelestine E. September 25, 2013
Teen, 13 years old Written bygizmo971 June 15, 2012

ADAM LAMBERT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's the best album ever! I love it! It's extreamly good and represents him perfectly. It has the F word in it a few times and has sexuality in it but... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byelibohnert June 13, 2012

Great album!

It's a great album, just the language it to much for some teens.

What's the story?

Former American Idol winner Adam Lambert struts his stuff and stretches his vocals on his sophomore album, TRESPASSING. The 12 tracks feature club-heavy, glam-pop beats that show Lambert's flashy style as well as some slower ballads that reveal a softer side that's just as appealing.

Is it any good?

Although some of Lambert's Idol fans might be disappointed in the lack of rocker-style songs on Trespassing, others will love the glam-pop beats like "Shady" and "Trespassing" that are perfect for dancing and hanging out with friends. The bass-heavy, hand-clapping tracks are reminiscent of both Michael Jackson and George Michael, and suit Lambert's colorful style and fantastic vocals. At the same time, Lambert knows when to slow it down on some introspective ballads like "Underneath" that remind us of his personal struggles and journey to where he is today. Fast or slow, funky or pop, Lambert's vocal talent and flair for making a statement are evident on Trespassing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the media's portrayal of Adam Lambert during his time on Idol and since then; has it all been positive?

  • Lambert is certainly known for his flashy style. Do you think celebrities try to portray a certain image just to stand out and make a name for themselves? What other stars have a "brand" that they maintain?

  • What do you think about the way Lambert handles the spotlight? What, if anything, is he trying to say with his music?

Music details

  • Artist: Adam Lambert
  • Release date: May 15, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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