Over the weekend, a handful of lucky journalists got to listen to Adam Lambert's new single, "Ghost Town," ahead of its scheduled premiere on April 21, and so far, the reviews are glowing. For example, according to SugarScape's Carl Smith, "Ghost Town" gives Hilary Duff's "Sparks" "some competition for 2015's best whistle." I like the sound of that! He goes on to proclaim that the track has "summer smash written all over it." Wow. At this point, to say that I'm "looking forward" to hearing "Ghost Town" would be a massive, massive understatement — I can barely contain my excitement.
"Ghost Town" serves as the lead single from Lambert's upcoming new album, The Original High. The 33-year-old singer worked on the song with pop music heavyweights Max Martin and Shellback, and consequently, expectations have been very high. Fortunately, it seems to have blown everybody away. So, what have we learned about "Ghost Town" from these early rave reviews? Let's take a look at some of the highlights...
MTV's Michael Pell writes that "Ghost Town" has "a dark message shrouded in uptempo beats," revealing that the track kicks off "with a tense, haunting guitar." Here are some lyrics — possibly taken from the opening verse — that Lewis Corner shared in his review for Digital Spy:
Saw all of the Saints lock up the gates
I could not enter
Walked into the flames, called out your name
But there was no answer
Then, the song drops into what Pell describes as "a dirty dancefloor donk" (a.k.a. the chorus). Official Charts' Rob Copsey points out that the chorus is "short on lyrics but big on hooks," declaring that the whistling is "ludicrously catchy" (but we kind of knew that already, didn't we?).
Though "Ghost Town" builds towards an explosive climax, Copsey notes that Lambert never resorts to over-singing. In fact, Pell gushes that his "vocals are flawless" throughout. Well, it doesn't get any better than that!
If these new details don't get you hyped for "Ghost Town," I don't know what will. Hold tight, Glamberts! The wait is almost over.
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