Artist: Adam Lambert

Title: Trespassing

Label: RCA

Given his larger-than-life vocals and equally bombastic sense of style (glitter and guyliner, anyone?), one couldn't help thinking that "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert was playing it a little safe on his 2009 major-label debut, For Your Consideration.

While his voice, which is often reminiscent of the late, great Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, had plenty of pizzazz per usual, the songs were decidedly more run of the mill, which often left listeners with a less-than-satisfying result.

Perhaps determined not to make the same mistake again, Lambert's sophomore effort, Trespassing bears little—if any—resemblance to his previous work. If anything, Trespassing is the album that everyone expected from Lambert all along.

Teaming up with all-star cast of songwriters and dance-pop producers too numerous to list here, Trespassing is chock full of catchy anthems just begging to be danced to. Making the most of Lambert's considerable musical assets, especially his vocal showmanship, tracks including "Chokehold" and "Pop That Lock" are perfect vehicles for his particular brand of artistry (i.e. theatrical pop/rock large enough to fill an expansive arena).

While a lesser artist might struggle in the wake of such a dramatic musical transformation, Lambert clearly has no trouble leaving his former Top-40 sounds behind.

Lyrically speaking, however, Trespassing is a far less impressive bag of tricks with pretty unimaginative reflections on life and love. Only the sleazy strains of "Shady" provide a little insight into what makes Lambert tick as it addresses the more scandalous, tabloid-fueled aspects of his public persona. Aside from that, we probably learn the most about Lambert by simply listening to him sell these generic musings with gusto.

If anything's clear from listening to Trespassing, it's that Lambert loves to sing, and he does so with aplomb. Those hoping for more than a rock star's idea of a good time, though, will probably want to look elsewhere. 

*This Review First Published 5/23/2012