According to Ryan Tedder, there are two approaches to songwriting and producing: seasonal and evergreen. Seasonal means mastering the hot sound of the moment. "In a couple years you have a slew of songs and are the biggest things in the world," Tedder says. "Then you burn out. Three years later, you're hustling trying to sell one track."
While it is rare for an artist to executive-produce his or her own release, Lambert, the flamboyant season eight "American Idol" runner-up, insisted on having full creative control of what he admits could be the decisive album of his career.
Due March 26 on Warner Bros. Records, "Noctourniquet" was recorded on the heels of the band's 2009 release "Octahedron," which debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 84,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.