Initially, I groaned at the idea of Adam Lambert still having a music career as really one song of his is good ["Whataya Want From Me"]. Snippets of "Ghost Town" starting from his Instagram and spreading
Released in lyric video form in the ass-crack of dawn, "Ghost Town" is a Max Martin produced track of EDM in the form of Electro-Campfire-LSD-Pop (Something you can blame on "FourFiveSeconds" or "Ghosttown" starting depending on which song you hate.)
For this one, I'm keeping it simple; there will be Good, MEH and Bad things about this song.
The Good: Believe it or not there is some good to "Ghost Town". The 1st and 2nd verse instrumentals play into the rising trend of 90s House Music re-surging in pop songs [thank you "Hideaway" by Kiesza; I wish more stations had the balls to play your music and I wish your label didn't suck at promoting you.]
How is the instrumental "addicting"? Max Martin. He's Swedish and all Swedish people know how to make Pop instrumentals.
The MEH: The vocals to "Ghost Town" for the most part are subtle Adam Lambert which is rare and semi-pleasant here. Is it "Whataya Want From Me" good vocals? NOPE. Simply put, just because he isn't "Arena Rock" anymore doesn't mean he miraculously became magical.
The BAD: Certain lyrics to "Ghost Town" are some of the dumbest and most pretentious in the last 5 years of pop. OH. MY. GOD are they bad.
- "I tried to believe/In God and James Dean/But Hollywood sold out..."
- "A city of Vampires/Tonight Elvis is dead/And everyone's spread/And love is a satire..."
I'm not kidding; somebody reading through the lyrics didn't make a Scooby-Doo "RUH ROH" noise and have them work on these lyrics.
The Verdict: The hype is way overdone, but "Ghost Town" may just be the 2nd Adam Lambert song I ever like. On a scale of 0-5, "Ghost Town" would get a generous 3.25 out of 5.
On a scale of 0-10, it'd get a generous 7.25 out of 10.
Watch the lyric video for yourself and give YOUR thoughts.