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Adam Lambert - One Voice

Updated on August 23, 2009

"Slow Ride" Video

As I sit here, penning my way through the next in a series of articles about Adam Lambert, I'm suddenly drawn to that which captured my attention at the beginning of all this. So I stopped.

And I listened.

For just a moment, I dismissed the hair, the smile, the body, the style, the leather, the lace, the glambulge, and the face.....and went back to basics. To the voice....the one voice that reverberated through the sound stage of American Idol and caught the ear of unsuspecting viewers who quickly realized that they were witnessing history. They were witnessing Adam Lambert.

Pure, pitch-perfect, powerful.

Although much has been written about his sexual charisma and unprecedented mass appeal, what really defines him is the instrument he uses to take us up and down the scale of harmonious oral vibration. So it comes as no surprise that he has a few people vibrating.

Another story, another time.

On the current American Idol Tour, Adam Lambert's pipes are caressing audiences' underbelly while making their hair stand on end - simultaneously. An impressive maneuver, in itself. Few artists can invoke spontaneous combustion in five notes or less, yet Lambert seems to manage it in one by using his second most famous organ.

To say that he can carry a tune may be the understatement of the year. It's been a long time since we've had the privilege of bearing witness to raw talent like this. Whether he's taking us on a Slow Ride to nowhere or dragging us to hell and back with gritty, insistent vocals on Whole Lotta Love, he arouses a multitude of emotions, one vocal chord at a time.

A good singer breathes from the diaphragm, but a great singer breathes from the soul. There's an ethereal sound that comes from the latter, and Lambert has managed to harness it. He can dial into that enigmatic space where light meets sound and flip the switch at will, taking the listener, willing or not, right along with him to exhilarating highs and haunting lows.

That is the voice of talent.

Now for the other ingredients. As if conducting a musical symphony, Lambert commands his body to join his voice in perfect synchronicity, and boldly goes where no man has gone before....not this masterfully, anyway. Do you feel something vibrating?

Should we tell him what he's done? Perhaps not. I suspect he knows anyway. But just to be on the safe side, Shhhhh............

Voices carry.

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      Teddy 2 years ago

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      Millambert 8 years ago

      Oh Thanks for you wonderful comment! You are right, off course (we) the fans of Adam love his performances on stage, his glam, his body (all parts of him),his style, etc., etc. but all this stuff will be useless without his awesome voice. I think all Glamberts, Globerts, LatinGlamberts, etc., etc. the first chush with him was because his voice. Personally, I don't watch American Idol, but one day in tv (meanwhile changed the channels) I listened a voice like an angel and was Adam Lambert sang "Mad World", and in this moment all changes. Was incredible! All the rest is good, I like his style and all the show, but the essential his voice is a gift to the world (the world that knows appreciate the good music). In Latin America we love Adam and we can't wait for his album and the song in the film 2012. All this is history and is wonderful to be part of the myth.

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      Jennifer Maurer 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thank you rv. The most facinating thing about Adam Lambert, to me, is his universal appeal to everyone. That is such a rare thing. I have heard from people of all different tastes and orientations saying the same thing you are, and it proves that talent and beauty have no boundries. The voice in particular, is the real draw. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your sketches and articles about Adam in the future. Thanks for looking in...

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      rvsource 8 years ago

      Jennifer, this is a well written hub. Your words are descriptive and beautiful. You are right on with your description of this icon in the making. I'm a 47 year old male, happily married, but can't seem to get enough of this guy! His voice is masterful. I can hardly wait for his album, and I read that he's recorded a song for the ending credits of the new movie 2012, I can hardly wait to hear that song and see the movie!

      I've written a few Adam related hubs, as I'm sure you know. I have a nice Adam sketch actually a couple of them in one of my art blogs. I plan on doing some more of him.

      Again thanks for the great hub, now I have to read the other ones!

      Jeff

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      dave 8 years ago

      excellent article and very good point. Everything else that he brings to the table is secondary to the remarkable range and tenor of his voice. that is what will make his career.

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      Netmeg99 8 years ago

      Thank You for a wonderful review of our Rock God. Adam captured me one evening when I turned on the TV one night and was flipping through the channels. I landed on AI and well hadn't really watched it in a couple of years I settled back and the next performer was Adam...My mouth dropped open and I sat there mesmerized Adam was singing Ring of Fire and all I could say was OMG OMG I was hooked that very minute and have been on this journey ever since I wish I had words to describe what he does to me but well you said it pretty well. Adam is the sexiest most beautiful person inside and out and his singing ability is 2nd to none.

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      jan lynn 8 years ago

      Enjoyed your article. I am, of course, a hugh Adam Lambert

      fan. I am captivated by his speaking voice but when he sings

      and struts around the stage, I mentally go to another world.

      I have never felt this way about a singer and I have been

      around for awhile. When people comment on Adam in a negative

      way, it actually bothers me. More than bother me I don't

      understand why people dont hear and see the same qualities

      that all his fans do. Oh well, I am an Adam fan for life.

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      carrmuse2 8 years ago

      That voice is what hooked me on Adam on AI and my obsession has grown since that first day. His beautiful voice paints a truly reflective painting of Adam as a person. Adam is the real deal, the whole package. His performances are mesmerizing and it becomes impossible to look away, but why would you want to look away what a beautiful package.

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      Lauriellen 8 years ago

      I love to hear vocal experts analyze Adam's voice and performance techniques. I've also read about his body language. Although he's been on the stage and has had years of vocal training, is any of this learned or is one born with it or is it like coaching, where you take some level of raw talent and build it up until it expodes. (I could't resist a pun)

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      Vicki 8 years ago

      Nice article, Jennifer. I'm becoming a fan of you, too. I'm glad you love Adam as much as many of us do and that you are able to write about it so eloquently. It helps to know that there are others out there still picking their jaw up off the floor over this beautiful, glittery human being that can hits notes we've never heard before.

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      Rose 8 years ago

      This was a Great Tribute To the Greatest Singer out there Today.He can capture any Audience,including,Young,Old,Men, Women,He is Just the most Electrifying,Sexy,Talent,& Drop Dead Gorgeous. He is A True Star,& a Wonderful Human Being. Love You Adam.

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      AdamsWench 8 years ago

      Adams WenchBUZZZZZ BUZZZZZZ do you hear somthing vibrating.thats my fav quote..LOL

      oh i so agree with the author

      As if conducting a musical symphony, Lambert commands his body to join his voice in perfect synchronicity, and boldly goes where no man has gone before....not this masterfully

      he is paving a place in history as elvis did with his lil hip wiggles ... Read Moretaht we so over the top for that day and time.now adam moves his hips and it ripples up his spine chest tush,oh dear that tush.anyways like i was saving he vibrates from head to toe and we vibrate and tingle right alone in harmony with him..

      has anyone heard of a stock rise in Eveready batteries.lol

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      Jennifer Maurer 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Spinoc...such kind words. Thank you,and I'm so glad you enjoyed the article :)

      Live long and prosper...LOL

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      Mary 8 years ago

      Adam is truly amazing and magical! I am so glad to have discovered him at the beginning of his career! He is taking us on a journey with him! WE LOVE ADAM LAMBERT!

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      spinoc 8 years ago

      Your article brought tears to my eyes. You have quite a talent yourself in the way you turn a word. Such a beautiful description of just what makes Adam Lambert so unique, nearly other-worldy in the beauty of the amazing total package - voice, body, movement, personality, on stage, off stage... To play off your own prose - may he live long and prosper (and may we all enjoy the ride)!

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      mom shell 8 years ago

      well said! His voice is what separates him from everything currently playing, he is a total package but his sexyness, beautiful eyes and whole persona wouldn't be enough to create all the expectation he is already making. I can't wait for his CD and his solo tour.

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      Carrie 8 years ago

      GREAT ARTICLE! You are right, his voice IS PURE PERFECTION! The other things are too, but the voice is what first draws you in to his mass appeal!

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      Cindy 8 years ago

      Great article. Adam is the bomb!! His voice is so beautiful, just don't have words to discribe the awesomeness of Adam. He is truely amazing!!

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      jackie 8 years ago

      Amazing article about amazing Adam.

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      Starlight 8 years ago

      Adam does have such a wonderful way of connecting with his audience. His voice is heavenly. Thank you for your article.

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      grakky 8 years ago

      I've been searching for the words on how and what he invokes, and you've written them down for me, well said!

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      lisak 8 years ago

      You're so right .. Just got back from the DC concert ... Adam was sensational - i have NEVER experienced a performer with that kind of charisma ....

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      therealbowchicka 8 years ago

      I LOVE all of your Adam Lambert articles! Thanks for loving him as much as I do! His star is on the rise, and he gladly takes us along for the ride of a lifetime. His vocals are exactly as you stated so eloquently! Thanks!

      Adam IS the ultimate glambowie love child!

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      Rana 8 years ago

      Everything you say is true, but I am loving your talent as a writer. That article was beautifully written and goes without saying the topic couldn't be better.

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      tpaoturpin 8 years ago

      Great article.

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      Judy 8 years ago

      Thanks for your fantastic article ! We are witnessing the spectacular rise of a most amazing young man. His voice literally stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it ! He's a star in every sense of the word !