Track Review: Adam Lambert, 'Better Than I Know Myself'

83 Billboard Rating

ADAM LAMBERT
"Better Than I Know Myself" (3:36)
Producers: Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Ammo
Writers: Lukasz Gottwald, Joshua Coleman, Claude Kelly and Henry Walter
Publishers: Kasz Money Publishing/Each Note Counts/Prescription Songs/ Traintracks Studio/Prescription Songs (ASCAP) Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
RCA Records/19 Entertainment

"Better Than I Know Myself" the first single from Adam Lambert's forthcoming sophomore album "Trespassing," attempts to replicate the winning pop-rock formula of the singer's breakout single, "Whataya Want From Me." That song, from the former "American Idol" finalist's 2009 debut "For Your Entertainment," included an unstoppable hook and an unflinching vocal performance to serve as its foundation. While "Better Than I Know Myself" is not as immediately overpowering, repeated listenings amplify the untamed vulnerability that has become Lambert's defining asset. Producers Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Ammo provide a ground-swelling chorus, but Lambert shines in the intimate verses, singing, "I can be obnoxious at times/But try and see my heart" before the final climax. Like any talented pop artist, Lambert understands subtle reflection as well as epic bombast.

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