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Adam Lambert 'Welcome to the Show' Review: Booming New Song Brings the Drama [LISTEN]

by Carolyn Menyes   Mar 17, 2016 17:15 PM EDT

To call Adam Lambert a showman is an understatement. Since his earliest days stunning audiences on American Idol, he's been known to accent his soaring vocals with quite the artistic flare, and he's bringing that drama on in full force on his new single "Welcome to the Show" featuring Swedish singer-songwriter Laleh.

"Welcome to the Show" is a booming ballad, which falls almost seamlessly in line with Lambert's most recent studio album The Original High, which blended together dark synth tones with classic strings and piano. The same sort of buildup and boldness appears on "Welcome to the Show." Beneath Lambert's reaching vocals, there are small bursts of strings and drumbs, adding to the intensity. Laleh's vocals also add just the right amount of R&B soulfulness to the track, sounding not unlike Rihanna.

Lyrically, "Welcome to the Show" brings Lambert back to his Idol journey, as he sings about coming alive as his true self as a performer.

"You know I have a veil / All covered up, to myself / It's always there / Now they wanna know... / How does it feel? / Gonna let it show / I'm happy to entertain and share with you / It's hard to say how your own thoughts can hurt you," Lambert sings in the song's opening verse.

Lambert is due to give the live premiere of "Welcome to the Show" tonight on American Idol, which is set to air at 8 p.m. EST on FOX. Lambert is also expected to relive one of his biggest Idol moments on the show with his take on the Tears for Fears classic "Mad World."

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