Adam Lambert, "Time for Miracles"

85 Billboard Rating

His debut album and single are just weeks away, but Adam Lambert is giving fans an early taste of his post-"American Idol" material by lending his voice to the "2012" film soundtrack. Recording rock anthems for Hollywood is a move that has worked well for Linkin Park and Aerosmith in the past, and Lambert is well-suited to this power ballad, which wavers between tender and painful. The track is also a bittersweet reminder of the talented late songwriter Natasha Shneider, who was best-known for her and co-songwriter Alain Johannes' work with Chris Cornell and Queens of the Stone Age. Thanks to epic orchestration and an octave-straddling bridge-one that Lambert sends home with his impressive vocal theatrics-no miracles are needed here.-Michael Menachem

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