Ever since we met him on American Idol, Adam Lambert has never been resistant to change. Whether it was changing his look, changing his career path, or even changing his sound, the 37-year-old star has always made it a point to keep himself mutable.
On the singer's latest, Velvet: Side A, that mutability pays off in spades; the new six-track EP (or rather the first half of a greater album itself, as the title suggests) sees Lambert taking on a funk-driven, '70s rock sound that is unlike anything in his past work. Taking an old sound and making it fresh for a modern audience is a tough sell -- but Lambert pulls it off almost effortlessly here.
Album opener "Superpower" is the right introduction for audiences to this new evolution in the star's career -- with a heavy bassline, smooth falsettos and some slick guitar riffs, Lambert oozes a kind of confidence that hasn't quite been seen in his past work, with the lyrics only adding to the raw power of his voice. "You try to put me in a box Make me something I’m not/ Don’t give a fuck, 'cause I’m gonna take back/ My superpower," he wails.