Adam Lambert Releases 'For Your Entertainment'
Critical response to For Your Entertainment was generally positive.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 71, based on ten reviews. The Huffington Post called the album "An instant classic" and also stated that "As a whole, For Your Entertainment marks one of the most impressive mainstream pop album debuts in recent memory." The Detroit News said that "It goes without saying that "For Your Entertainment" is the most poised debut from any "Idol" to date. Lambert has a vision and has successfully honed a sound that pays homage to his heroes while carving a niche for himself." Spin said the album is "perhaps the strongest, most flavorful batch of tunes to reach an AI vet, and Lambert's polymorphous vocal skills unite dancefloor strut and hard-rock pomp in a convincing glam package."
Slant Magazine wrote that '"Music Again" and the awkwardly written "Strut" every bit as obnoxious as the songs from Mika's The Boy Who Knew Too Much"' and that '"Music Again" apes its production and a good deal of its melody from Mika's "Touches You," while the title track and lead single is so similar to Sam Sparro's "Black and Gold" that 19 Entertainment should probably keep a strong legal team on retainer... But questions of originality aside, there's simply no getting around the fact that the Lady Gaga co-write "Fever" and "Whataya Want from Me," written by Pink and Max Martin, are phenomenally well-crafted pop singles that give Lambert the opportunity to shine. To co-opt one of Simon Cowell's favorite phrases: Lambert's music sounds current in a way that Idol albums rarely do."' 3.5/5 stars Rolling Stone wrote that "The songs sound great but feel strangely stuffy — Entertainment seems like a disc that was overthought. Next time, the hugely talented Lambert should make sure he's going straight for the gut. 3/5 stars "
With Adam Lambert, American Idol finally got a finalist who was completely, utterly contemporary, aware of what’s hip in music and culture, aware of how music is made and consumed in 2009, never seeming to try to follow fads or set trends, just embodying the time. Mercifully, he came in second to Kris Allen, for if he came in first he may have had to tame his self-styled glamazon ways.