But even besides Nile Rodgers’ immediately recognisable appearance on single Roses, the first half of Velvet is non-stop disco with a funky groove. The energy only breaks for the first time on ballad Closer To You, but starting with the moody New Wave of Overglow, side B takes a turn towards Lambert’s favourite wheelhouse, diving for the decidedly anthemic. It’s hard to believe this is only his fourth album – but then Lambert has done more in his last decade than most in a lifetime.
Velvet by Adam Lambert is out Friday March 20 via Inertia.
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