Release Date: Nov 23, 2009
Record label: 19/RCA
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
It was the album-cover shot shown ’round the world — or rather, the hydra-headed gossip-sphere: Adam Lambert in full gender-bent regalia, a black-leathered, blue-follicled flashpoint of next-level snazzy-dazzlement. And it seemed to make a certain promise: This special snowflake would not tamp down his fabulosity for the masses. He would let his kohl-rimmed light shine, American Idol‘s sterile starmaker machinery be damned — nobody puts Glammy in a corner! For Your Entertainment‘s falsetto-laced opening salvo, ”Music Again,” certainly ? lives up to the dream of a pop-rock Xanadu.
The American Idol franchise hasn't really succeeded at delivering great albums, and this one is no exception. However, it is easily the most interesting record to emerge out of the talent contest, and not just because of the controversy over the famous gay kiss. [rssbreak] Musically it's a gloriously tacky mix of dance pop and hair metal, and we mean that in the best way possible.
RIHANNA“Rated R”(Def Jam) Rihanna glares from the cover of “Rated R,” concealing one eye with a hand. “Rated R,” her fourth album, arrives nine months after Chris Brown, her boyfriend at the time, blackened her eye in a beating as they were driving back from a pre-Grammy party. The ….