How much do I love American Idol‘s Adam Lambert? So much — he’s fearless, unapologetic about who he is and enormously freaking talented. And he also has a giant set of cojones, based on the album cover for his first-ever album. Could he have chosen a neutrally smiling shot, eased up on the eyeliner, Clay Aiken-ed out? Sure — and I bet plenty of advisors pleaded with him to do it. Instead, he went hard in the other direction: With super-glam over-the-top in-your-face-glittery-Ziggy-Stardust-infused-Priscilla-Queen-of-the-Desert fabulousness.
Or, as Michelle Collins puts it at Best Week Ever:
This album cover is the FANCIEST THING WE HAVE EVER WITNESSED. Unicorns may not exist, but gay ones certainly do, and this album cover is more of a warning to that endangered species: Step your game up, you cashmere soft, ivory horned, glittery hooved motherf**kers. Cause Lambert’s through f*ckin’ around, y’all. Thank you, you beautiful Lambert, you. You have not let us down.
I KNOW! I love me some Glambert! This kid is my new favorite superstar — and extra points for getting more people to talk about his album cover than usually talk about an album. Did he know exactly what he was doing? Oh, yes. From EW:
“Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It’s an homage to the past. It IS ridiculous,” he wrote this morning. “For those that don’t get it: oh well… Glad to have gotten your attention,” he continued. “Androgyny. Rock n Roll.”
Also from EW, which clearly CAN’T GET ENOUGH ADAM LAMBERT, a separate post from Michael Slezak:
Is America ready for this particular jelly? Some of my EW colleagues aren’t terribly optimistic, but might I remind them, we’re dishing a dude who sailed through Grand Ole Opry week with a hyper-sexual, sitar-infused take on “Ring of Fire.”
Slezak then goes all Kremlinological on it and tries to divine the hidden meaning within the cover’s dreamy depths (hints of Madonna, Prince and MJ; suggestions of nudity; Glambert may be an alien from an extremely hot, flamboyant planet). You really cannot stop looking at his eyes. Nor would you want to:
What were we saying again? Oh yes. Adam Lambert has a new album cover. Music to follow.
Adam Lambert Has a Message: “Step Up Your Game, Fancy Unicorns” [BWE]
Adam Lambert’s outre-space ‘For Your Entertainment’ cover: What do you think? [EW]
Adam Lambert confirms album cover ‘deliberately campy’ [EW]
p.s. Who do you like better, Glambert or Clay Aiken? Duh. Vote here.
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