Adam Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself”: Review Revue

Dec 19th, 2011 // 29 Comments

Before, you may have thought you really knew Adam Lambert — and it turns out your were right! The honorable American Idol alum‘s new single “Better Than I Know Myself” arrives on iTunes tomorrow, and ahead of that, fans got to hear the track late last week. If the critics’ opinions on the first taste of Adam’s upcoming album Trespassing (due out March 20) are anything to go by, the Glam One may just have a smash hit on his hands. Hop below to catch our roundup of what the Internet at large had to say about “Better Than I Know Myself”!

Adam Lambert B&W 1:: The new single was music to The Prophet Blog‘s ears: “…as much as this is the masterwork of Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly, Glambert deserves just as much of the credit as the hitmakers behind him. It’s his emotional delivery that truly brings ‘Better Than I Know Myself’ to life, topped off with those now trademark rock star high notes that have made the 29-year-old one of the finest male vocalists in the industry today.”

:: HitFix thinks it knows the song’s formula from somewhere else: “The mid-temp rocker is somewhat reminiscent of his previous hit ‘Whataya Want From Me?,’ with a soaring, anthemic chorus, big drums and lovelorn lyrics.”

:: PopCrush also hears something familiar: “Are we crazy, or does some of his crooning in the verses remind us a wee bit of Joe Jonas? Just a hint?”

:: Pop Blend was somewhat surprised, but in a pleasant way: “I have to admit that this song is not at all what I was expecting, but I am very pleased and have had it on repeat for the past hour… If ‘Better Than I Know Myself’ is any indication of what Trespassing will be like, we’re all in for a treat.”

:: Arjan Writes thinks the tune could lead to a big breakthrough for the Glam One: “…’Better Than I Know Myself’ reveals a potent, radio-ready new sound that will surely help Lambert propel to a new level of success. The track neatly combines Dr Luke’s soundboard savvy with Lambert’s larger than life vocals that is the perfect marriage of style and substance.”

Adam Lambert OUT magazine 2011:: Neon Limelight also has high hopes for the song: “The last time Adam blended honesty, vulnerability, and finely tuned vocals so seamlessly he produced ‘Whataya Want From Me’ and earned himself a Grammy nomination. Can he do it again? We wouldn’t be surprised.”

:: AOL Music Blog hears the voice of a rock angel: “Glambert’s gifted vocals soar on the new song. It’s no wonder legendary rock band Queen is making moves to make him their new lead singer!”

:: Likewise, Allure Of Sound notes the following: “The track, which features the production skills of Dr. Luke, is by far Adam’s strongest single to date. When his voice swells to declare, at the opening of the song’s chorus, ‘Cause if I wanted to go I would have gone by now, but I really need you near me,’ it’s nothing short of remarkable. You can sense that Adam has a personal connection with every word he sings.”

“Better Than I Know Myself” will be released tomorrow. What are your thoughts on Adam’s new single? Let us know below!

  1. A+ review revue! So nice to hear that the rest of teh interwebs seem to love it as much as I do. I’ve had that ish on repeat since I got my grabby little hands on it. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  2. watnext

    I am seriously hooked on this song! And, it gets better with each listen!!! Go Adam!!!

  3. Linda

    Awesome reviews!! Thanks for putting it all in one place!

  4. number8gurl

    Great reviews! So excited! I can’t wait to hear BTIKM on the radio and on my iPod and definitely can’t wait to hear the rest of the album too.

  5. HEP.

    WE ADAM LAMBERT FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT AND NOW IT APPEARS OUR WAIT IS OVER…HIS NEW SINGLE AND ALBUM IS GOING TO TAKE HIM AND US TO THE NEXT LEVEL…AFTER IDOL I SAID MANY TIMES TALENT SOMETIMES CAN BE DELAYED BUT NEVER DENIED…”BETTER THAN I KNOW MYSELF” IS PROOF OF THAT…THE CRITICAL BUZZ SO FAR HAS BEEN DEAFENING IN FAVOR OF HIS NEW SINGLE…THERE ARE SOME WHO WERE HOPING HE WOULD FAIL BUT AGAIN THEY UNDERESTIMATED THE MUSIC GENIUS OF ADAM LAMBERT…HIS 15 MINUTES ARE NOT UP!!…WHY?..BECAUSE HE IS THE REAL DEAL IN A INDUSTRY FULL OF WANNABEES AND AUTOTUNE STARS WHO CANNOT EVEN SING LIVE…LIVE PERFORMING IS ADAM LAMBERT STRENGTH,SO TAKE HEED WANNABEES AND LESSONS FROM A REAL HONEST TO GOD SINGER..ADAM LAMBERT!!

  6. Fan4me

    I wasn’t in to the song at first but now I love it!! Can’t wait for the album!

  7. Excellent review of a song which is destined to be a #1 Pop Hit on the charts. I haven’t been this excited about a song in 20 yrs. I stopped listening to radio due to the cheezy pop music being played non-stop on radio air waves. This new sound may force other labels to start making better music. I plan to listen to radio again now that Adam has new music coming out.

  8. Anynomous

    Absolutely AMAZING!! Adam never disappoints, always will be my favorite pop/glam rock artist

  9. LA

    I love Heps post, so bang on. Adam Lambert is the real deal. He is growing into an aritist of such fine quality (it’s always been there) that he soars above the rest, in voice, & showmanship. I can’t wait for the rest of the album. BTIKM is so mindblowing amazing , so proud of Adam. And I cannot wait for the tour cause you know it’s going to be explosive. Adam Lambert is this generations superstar and truely the Virtuoso of Voice!

  10. jadetranglambert

    totally love it. I replayed so many times but can’t get enough

  11. Nan

    Adam surely has a winner with this song! Fantastic!!!

  12. Me

    I love Adam and anything he does. This is not because I am no selective or because I am not knowledgeable in this area. It is because Adam is outstanding talented (he really is); he is a really hard working professional who knows what to give, when, whom, why, etc……
    His single represents the best choice considering its the goal: the promotion of the album. I am sure he has songs more valuable in artistic/musical point of view. But the scope of the single was to promote the album. BTIKM does just that.

  13. Angel

    The song has grown on me! I love love ADAM!

  14. Yvette

    The Glamily waited patiently for what WE all knew would be another phenomenal amazing CD…TRESPASSING! Adam IS the most Extraordinary, exciting, talented, and phenomenal singer and Performer in the industry today. Not only can he perform like NO ONE else , he does so while singing in TUNE and Pitch perfect. WE, the Glamily always knew it and now, finally the world will not be able to deny it.
    FYE IS still an awesome mix of incredible music , and it’s inconcievable why it never got it’s air time or promotion…sang by the best singer….and the Industry as a whole failed huge in trying to put Adam Lamberts star out…The Glamily turned off the RADIO and MTV..Completely….
    because of Autotuned studio produced junk they played over and over..while shunning one of the greatest entertainers and singers to ever grace our Planet. BIG MISTAKE~~HUGE~
    Adams talent alone, will capture the heart and soul and his VOICE is undeniably Soul stirirng and Spellbinding. Exhilaration and Elation is an understatement on how WE the GLAMILY feels right now for our Adam…He puts EVERYTHING..heart and soul into all he does for US and we LOVE him for it. Round two of this wild and amazing ride with Adam will be emotional and exciting~watching as the USA and the world are enraptured by Adams INCOMPARABLE talent!!
    XOXO

  15. Daisy

    I love the new single “Better Than I Know Myself”. And I want the new album “Trespassing” like now!!!

  16. negar

    I keep listening to it!I’m going crazyyyyy!

  17. MM

    It’s just a good song. Addicting to sing along to!

  18. Lukewarm on this… such a whine fest.

  19. Rise2theTop

    Perfect!

  20. HEP.

    WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR ADAM LAMBERT FANS,WITH NO RADIO AIR PLAY OR T.V. SPOTS HIS NEW SINGLE IS SITTING AT #19 ON ITUNES,ONCE MORE WE HAVE OUR FAITH VALIDATED IN THIS YOUNG MAN….THIS JOURNEY THAT STARTED ON IDOL HAS HAD MANY TWISTS AND TURNS ALONG THE WAY BUT WE THE FANS NEVER WAVERED OR GAVE A INCH TO HIS CRITICS OR NAYSAYERS AND WHAT A BLACK DAY IT MUST BE FOR THESE NAYSAYERS,TO SEE BTIKM CLIMB SO HIGH IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME MUST BE A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW….IT IS NICE TO KNOW REAL TALENT STILL MATTERS….HE NEVER LOST HIS FOCUS,NOR DID WE..WE HAD HIS BACK,HE DID THE REST…SUCCESS ALWAYS HAS THE LAST WORD!!

  21. jen

    This is an amazing song! I love it. It was totally worth the wait!

  22. Ezekial

    Seriously? You take a huge glorious voice like Adam’s, and thin it out and bury it in this synth-heavy track? It makes him sound like every other pop star out there; all his individuality is gone. Really disappointed.

  23. Mel

    Adam never disappoints!Trespassing is going to be the best pop album of 2012!

  24. Adam

    You guys always talk the same thing.
    “ADAM WILL BE THE BEST IDOL EVER”
    “ADAM WILL BE THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST IN IDOL HISTORY”
    “ADAM WILL SCORE NO.1 HIT”
    “ADAM IS GONNA BE HUGE WORLDWIDE”

    At the end, it is lower than expectations.
    Even the new single, my country doesn’t even feel like playing it.
    And where is he in itunes chart? LOL
    No.1 Pop album..forget it

  25. Lynn

    I agree with the above post: “You guys always talk the same thing.
    “ADAM WILL BE THE BEST IDOL EVER”
    “ADAM WILL BE THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST IN IDOL HISTORY”
    “ADAM WILL SCORE NO.1 HIT”
    “ADAM IS GONNA BE HUGE WORLDWIDE”

    At the end, it is lower than expectations.”

    While I love Adam’s singing, I must admit that sometimes I get sick of all the profuse praising by fans who are always saying that Adam will be the best idol ever or the best this or the best that. If you have to keep saying it, then obviously you don’t really believe it. Who are you trying to convince? Call me a troll or hater. I don’t care. All of the stuff that some of his fans keep saying is inconsistent with his position in the charts — look at the itune slide for “Better than…” He needs to focus, focus, focus on his music and stop getting in the news for things like what happened in Finland.

  26. Sand

    I love Adams voice. I wish that there was an album release of everything that he sang on Idol. I loved his 1st album too, and this new release is good, and I like it, but honestly, I wish it was more his voice and less the pop polish. I realize that the idea is to get played on the radio, and to be current, but I think that his voice is what is unique and special and beautiful and timeless about him, and I sincerely hope that the new CD will have more focus on what he can do vocally.
    I will buy it and play it no matter, because I do love Adam and want to hear what he does. I guess because I am definitely older than 30 that I am not as much of a fan of pop radio, and more for individual heartfelt lyrics, stories in song, and a voice to tell it. I hope that he will put out all kinds of music, because he can sing better than anyone I have heard in ages.

  27. 2arabela232

    It is just recognition of his new song and wonderful

  28. mika

    I can’t believe so many critics liked such a mediocre song. Either they don’t know good music or they like everything. This is a subpar single. Hopefully #2 will be better for him.

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