We are focusing on two stories for our Saturday morning edition of “American Idol” notes, mostly because the stories are so great this time that they deserve a little bit extra love.
Adam Lambert on “Graham Norton” – We’ve been talking about this appearance for days, but on Friday night Adam’s segment on the BBC One show ended up airing — it started with music, and it ended up with most of Adam’s actual interview getting hijacked.
For the actual performance part of the chat, Adam busted out his new single “Never Close Our Eyes” with the sort of energy you would really expect from him. “Graham Norton” is one of the few shows that actually transitions directly from a performance to an interview, and Adam had a chance to talk briefly about “Trespassing” before a separate anecdote took over most of his segment. However, this isn’t really a slight against Adam — it’s really just how this show typically operates and it’s what happens when you stick a bunch of random people on the couch. (At least Adam had another musician nearby in will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.)
Hear Casey Abrams’ debut album – As much as we enjoyed Haley Reinhart’s “Listen Up,” Casey Abrams may have our favorite album from season 10 thus far with his self-titled debut. It may be yet another adult contemporary-themed album from a guy with a guitar, but there are pretty substantial differences between what Casey does and the work of other past “American Idol” contestants.
First things first, Casey brings in some elements of other genres — from folk (“Ghosts”) to jazz (“Dry Spell,” his “Hit the Road Jack” cover with Haley) to even hints of reggae (“Stuck in London”). It’s also an album stuffed with earworms, fun lyrics (“eating mangoes in a mango tree”), and some genuinely sweet love songs. There’s no question that Casey may be one of the most talented musicians to ever come off this show, and his album shows that he is a guy well-equipped to succeed now with original music. It’s also raw enough to feel natural and not over-produced like many big-name productions out there. Now, we just have to hope some people will be able to find this album despite a general lack of promotion.
You can check out a full stream of Casey’s album over at Wetpaint.
What do you think of Adam’s performance, and of Casey’s album?
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