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The perfect match for Queen. And in case others don't know, Adam really is the permanent singer for Queen, now. Not just a guest singer but a member of the band. And I could think of no other that could fit the job, really.

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Awesome, Daniel. That was cool, too. 

 

And I respect Queen, who could have chosen from a number of Freddie tribute singers and that might have been too close to home. Choosing Adam really makes sense, considering that.

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To me adams voice up top is as good as it gets, my overal goal up top. Just his vibrato, it gets a little annoying from time to time, but I think he is just so free of constriction it just takes off. You dont ever see him breathe, and their isnt even a single hint of constriction in his neck its quite insane for how he sings. I cant recal hearing a bad live performance from him, maybe his first debute after american idol. I am sure that was just combo of nerves and a risque show. Even then it was just a tad pitchy, thats it.

Every since he jumped on with queen, he has gotten better and better. When he performs who wants to live forever that says it all right there.

It is obvious he isnt trying to replace freddie, also that he has a great deal of respect and is humbled by whom he is singing in place of, no matter how great his own talent is.

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To me adams voice up top is as good as it gets, my overal goal up top. Just his vibrato, it gets a little annoying from time to time, but I think he is just so free of constriction it just takes off. You dont ever see him breathe, and their isnt even a single hint of constriction in his neck its quite insane for how he sings. I cant recal hearing a bad live performance from him, maybe his first debute after american idol. I am sure that was just combo of nerves and a risque show. Even then it was just a tad pitchy, thats it.

 

 

Yep - The control he has in the high range is pretty phenomenal.  He's got a some very cool runs and licks and can do them in ANY part of his range, lightening fast - like at the end of this song.  His vibrato is so free.  

 

And you're right - his live performances are near flawless.  It's so easy to find bad youtube performances of pop/rock singers, and you have to cut them slack of course because it's live.  But Adam's live performances are always good - I can't think of too many pop/rock singers that are that consistent.    

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I dont think his voice is suited for Queen, sure he sings perfect check sure he adds a superhigh Christina Aguilera wail in the end but what i like about Queen is lost.

Great singer nontheless

 

I can kind of see where this would come from. I saw him when he debuted on Idol and a had a bit of a love/hate relationship with him as a singer. I can find no fault in him technically, but I've always thought of singing as similar to painting in that each song would have a 'contrast' between the highs and the lows, the soft and loud, the subtle and intense, just like  painting would have such with colors. Sometimes a painting might call for a rougher or looser brush stroke, or a different texture, or a different mood and songs are really similar in that way.

 

Watching Lambert always felt like contrast was turned up to 11. Everything was fancy, everything had intricate design. Nearly every song would make sure to have a giant shrieking note, whether it sounded warranted to me  or not, fancy runs, trills, and all that. It was kind of like if I was watching a movie and every scene was filled with hugely bright lens flares, intricate patterns, and dark splotches.

 

In drumming, they call it 'playing drums for a song.' It means, you could do a giant drum solo, but a lot of times what a piece of music needs isn't like a Mike Portnoy drum solo, but more like Ringo holding a nice back beat.

 

I haven't paid much attention to him as an artist after his run on Idol so I don't know what his take on subtlety is these days. But I know a lot of times when I listen to Queen, it felt like Freddie was painting scenes for me as a listener and was in tune more with my preferences in art in general. Some of the scenes he'd be making in the music were more extravagant, dramatic, or have more flair than others, and he definitely explored a lot of moods, but he never felt like he was 'tricking out his voice' like a hot rod, and revving it up to 11.

 

Nevermore will always be one of my favorite Queen songs.

 

 

It sounds so organic to me. Nobody would ever be able to replace Freddie Mercury, so in a way it's a moot point really. But to compare the two, Freddie often sounded very dramatic, theatrical, and extravagant my ears, but he never sounded gaudy, even on songs I wasn't crazy about. I can't say the same about Adam, who has sounded that way on songs I love. 

 

That said, I do wish both Queen and Adam well and hope they enjoy their touring and time together. He's a good singer, they're a good band and getting together will make a lot of people happy. Queen are also getting older and the band isn't going to be here forever to share their music with the world in this way. Taking these steps is worth it, I praise it, but for me, just preference wise, it's still kind of not right for me either.

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I can kind of see where this would come from. I saw him when he debuted on Idol and a had a bit of a love/hate relationship with him as a singer. I can find no fault in him technically, but I've always thought of singing as similar to painting in that each song would have a 'contrast' between the highs and the lows, the soft and loud, the subtle and intense, just like  painting would have such with colors. Sometimes a painting might call for a rougher or looser brush stroke, or a different texture, or a different mood and songs are really similar in that way.

 

Watching Lambert always felt like contrast was turned up to 11. Everything was fancy, everything had intricate design. Nearly every song would make sure to have a giant shrieking note, whether it sounded warranted to me  or not, fancy runs, trills, and all that. It was kind of like if I was watching a movie and every scene was filled with hugely bright lens flares, intricate patterns, and dark splotches.

 

In drumming, they call it 'playing drums for a song.' It means, you could do a giant drum solo, but a lot of times what a piece of music needs isn't like a Mike Portnoy drum solo, but more like Ringo holding a nice back beat.

 

I haven't paid much attention to him as an artist after his run on Idol so I don't know what his take on subtlety is these days. But I know a lot of times when I listen to Queen, it felt like Freddie was painting scenes for me as a listener and was in tune more with my preferences in art in general. Some of the scenes he'd be making in the music were more extravagant, dramatic, or have more flair than others, and he definitely explored a lot of moods, but he never felt like he was 'tricking out his voice' like a hot rod, and revving it up to 11.

 

Nevermore will always be one of my favorite Queen songs.

 

 

It sounds so organic to me. Nobody would ever be able to replace Freddie Mercury, so in a way it's a moot point really. But to compare the two, Freddie often sounded very dramatic, theatrical, and extravagant my ears, but he never sounded gaudy, even on songs I wasn't crazy about. I can't say the same about Adam, who has sounded that way on songs I love. 

 

That said, I do wish both Queen and Adam well and hope they enjoy their touring and time together. He's a good singer, they're a good band and getting together will make a lot of people happy. Queen are also getting older and the band isn't going to be here forever to share their music with the world in this way. Taking these steps is worth it, I praise it, but for me, just preference wise, it's still kind of not right for me either.

 

 

 

One of my favorites too.

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For some reason, I cannot embed on the new forum. I love the passion in this guy.

 

Adam to me lacks the angst and emotion when he performs this song.

 

I look at him and feel like he's saying "Okay everybody listen to my next stratospheric note" instead of telling a story with realness and passion.

 

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For some reason, I cannot embed on the new forum. I love the passion in this guy.

 

Adam to me lacks the angst and emotion when he performs this song.

 

I look at him and feel like he's saying "Okay everybody listen to my next stratospheric note" instead of telling a story with realness and passion.

 

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I didn't want to say it quite to that extent. I don't want to say someone is soulless. Cause maybe he's feeling it, and he's telling a different story, and it's falling on deaf ears.  Yeah, you got it Bob, just the 'feeling' that I personally get.

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Someone was here when Bob posted clip. So I got to listen, couldn't agree more with it. Hadn't heard a rendition of that song that resonated me as much since George Michael's. 

 

And thanks for showing the singer and band more clearly, Ronws. In studio he is a maybe a little slicked up for my tastes. The overall sound is super compressed and a bit of a volume war ish (wish they'd just move to a 24 bit format so they could start over on dynamics), but I prefer even the compositional style of his band over most the days.

 

I'm sure I'd prefer his stuff more live. Thanks to you both for pointing him out. I'd never heard of him. I liked Daniel's pick a bit as well, but he sounded a little singercizing a bit more especially near the intro. The Fun singer gave a reading that didn't sound blandly note for note, phrase for phrase clone, but gave just a bit of his twist while completing the story.

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