Velvet
Adam Lambert - Velvet.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 20, 2020 (2020-03-20)
Genre
Length44:00
Label
Producer
Adam Lambert chronology
Velvet: Side A (The Live Sessions)
(2019)
Velvet
(2020)
Adam Lambert studio album chronology
The Original High
(2015)
Velvet
(2020)
Singles from Velvet
  1. "Feel Something"
    Released: February 8, 2019
  2. "New Eyes"
    Released: May 15, 2019
  3. "Comin in Hot"
    Released: June 26, 2019
  4. "Superpower"
    Released: September 4, 2019
  5. "Roses"
    Released: February 4, 2020
  6. "Velvet"
    Released: March 20, 2020

Velvet (stylized in all caps) is the fourth studio album by American singer Adam Lambert, released through More Is More and Empire Distribution on March 20, 2020.[1] It features the singles "Feel Something", "New Eyes", "Comin in Hot", "Superpower", and "Roses" with Nile Rodgers, as well as all the tracks featured on the Velvet: Side A EP, released in September 2019. Lambert was scheduled to promote the album with five appearances at the Venetian Las Vegas on April 18, 19, 22, 24 and 25 (postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic) before embarking on a European tour from August to September 2020.[2]

Background

Lambert described the album as "thirteen slinky numbers to catch a vibe to".[3]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic84/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Clash8/10[7]

Velvet has a score of 84 on Metacritic indicating "universal acclaim." Mike Wass of Idolator described Velvet's sound as a "wild ride that incorporates everything from disco to glam rock",[8] while Stephen Daw of Billboard stated that the record was "continuing in the same vein of late '60s funk rock that's fueled his latest releases".[9] Writing for AllMusic, Matt Collar called the album a "new and delightfully retro direction", as well as a "dazzling, glitter-dipped exercise in '70s disco-era funk, rock, and soul".[6] A.D. Amorosi of Variety praised the record, writing "the 38-year-old out singer goes for something less glamorously amorously entertaining and more grimily soulful and sleekly funky than we’re used to hearing from him" and "Adam Lambert has made "Velvet" a testament to finding his way, personally and professionally, in what is his most accomplished solo work to date".[10]

Track listing

Velvet track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Velvet"
  • Busbee
  • Sommers
  • Daly
2:58
2."Superpower"English3:10
3."Stranger You Are"
Booker2:52
4."Loverboy"English3:20
5."Roses" (with Nile Rodgers)
Ball3:49
6."Closer to You"
  • Lambert
  • Rob McCurdy
  • Chris Petrosino
  • Asia Whiteacre
Noise Club4:19
7."Overglow"Walker3:32
8."Comin in Hot"
The Monarch2:48
9."On the Moon"
Odegard3:58
10."Love Dont"
  • English
  • Janiak
3:40
11."Ready to Run"
  • Lambert
  • Ball
  • Kross
Ball3:09
12."New Eyes"
Seirota3:44
13."Feel Something"Cumbee2:58
Total length:44:00

Notes

  • "Love Dont" is sometimes written as "Love Don't", with an apostrophe.

Charts

Chart performance for Velvet
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11]8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12]112
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13]194
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14]77
Scottish Albums (OCC)[15]19
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[16]66
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17]67
UK Albums (OCC)[18]54
US Billboard 200[19]89
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[20]10

References

  1. ^ Daly, Rhian (February 4, 2020). "Adam Lambert announces new album 'Velvet' and Manchester Pride performance". NME. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Lifton, Dave (February 4, 2020). "Adam Lambert Announces New 'Velvet' Album". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Martoccio, Angie (February 4, 2020). "Adam Lambert Announces New Album, Drops Funky Single 'Roses' Featuring Nile Rodgers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "Adam Lambert - Velvet". Album of the Year. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Velvet by Adam Lambert Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Collar, Matt. "Velvet - Adam Lambert". AllMusic. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Padin, Malvika (March 26, 2020). "Adam Lambert- Velvet". Clash. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  8. ^ Wass, Mike (March 20, 2020). "Adam Lambert Drops 'VELVET' LP, Unleashes Video For Epic Title Track". Idolator. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  9. ^ Daw, Stephen (March 20, 2020). "On 'Velvet,' Adam Lambert Completes His Smooth-As-Silk Musical Journey". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  10. ^ Amorosi, A.D. (March 20, 2020). "Adam Lambert's 'Velvet': Album Review". Variety. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. March 30, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Adam Lambert – Velvet" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Adam Lambert – Velvet" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Adam Lambert – Velvet" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  16. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 13: del 20.3.2020 al 26.3.2020" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Adam Lambert – Velvet". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  18. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  19. ^ "Adam Lambert Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  20. ^ "Adam Lambert Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 31, 2020.