From talk show performances earlier in 2019, it was clear that Adam Lambert’s fourth solo project was going to be influenced by the sounds of the 1970s. After all, Lambert has been performing lead vocals for Queen – one of the decade’s best-known bands, so the influence is understandable. Listening to the new EP, Velvet Side A brings an engaging – albeit brief – vocal performance from Lambert. The overall production receives inspiration from the past without getting lost in it.
Speaking about those talk show performances, the first single, “New Eyes” isn’t on Velvet Side A. Perhaps Lambert will save that song plus “Coming In Hot” for Side B. In the meantime, the funk-tinged second single and opener “Superpower” has echoes of Freddy Mercury (in an “Another One Bites the Dust” framework) as well as Faith-era George Michael. He brings similar George Michael energy to “Loverboy” with a touch of Chic. “Closer to You”, the album’s expressive third single sounds like it’s from the songbook of Pink. “Overglow”, the fourth track on the EP with a vocal performance that in my mind oscillates between Fleetwood Mac and 80’s era Heart.
At just six songs, Velvet Side A may be Lambert’s best project yet. Looking forward to hearing Side B whenever it’s released.