Adam Lambert – Acoustic “Whataya Want From Me” – First Listen!

Listen to a new acoustic recording from Adam Lambert of his hit single “Whataya Want From Me” from his upcoming EP.

Acoustic Live!, featuring performances from Adam’s concert and radio tours is set to come out Dec. 6.

The track is gorgeous:

  • Valentin432

    Apparently I can’t listen to the full song but the 15 seconds I had sounded great

  • lovingadam

    wow, his voice is just perfect

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    Such a beautiful version of the song. I can’t wait to buy this EP!!! His range is just amazing. Wow.

  • jammasta

    Hey, this is the version he did on some radio show! I finally won’t have to YouTube it. Ugh, that got annoying.

    God, Adam Lambert is so awesome. I wish he had acoustic BO (lolbodyodor), but I’ll deal if it has acoustic Soaked.

  • smeggingnuts

    Haha another excuse to look that the EP cover art :mrgreen:

    Sadz though I can’t listen till I get home tomorrow

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    MJ, that preorder link you have there isn’t for the EP. That’s for European remix of WWFM they did earlier this year. It was available in Europe as a hard copy cd-single.

  • FREIDAG

    Wow, that’s beautiful.

  • iluvai

    jammasta:

    I love that you are a die hard Adam fan. Me too. Only I get so crazy and silly that I have to refrain myself.

  • listen

    Absolutely gorgeous….

  • smeggingnuts

    So I heard this is the version for the NRJ radio station performance from back in the spring….can anyone who can listen to it comfirm that? Because that performance was one of my top 2 picks for the EP.

  • iluvai

    The track is gorgeous:

    Happy you think so. I admire your opinion!

  • listen

    MJ, that preorder link you have there isn’t for the EP.

    Yeah, that link is for something else. So where can we go to pre-order this?

  • Jer

    Yes, its the one with just the guitar. no drums. my favorite of them all.

  • smeggingnuts

    Listen
    Preorder starts on Monday at adam official

  • christyo

    Simply Gorgeous! Can’t wait to hear the rest!

  • zzatrms

    Do I have to join his oficial site to pre-order it?

  • dhunken

    Wow just Wow.

  • GreenHippo

    Yay WWFM, it’s the one I was hoping for *\o/*

  • rachiel

    smeggs – if by nrj you mean the one that i got from you (not sure if you remember though), i think it’s a different one. it’s also just guitar but this has some subtle differences, but almost the same. both very beautiful. the nrj i have that i listen to constantly, was done in april i think. dunno if he had 2 nrj recordings though. or if they tweaked it to make it even better.

  • smeggingnuts

    Rachiel
    The one in april is the one I am talking about. There was talk about how they added an almost atmospheric quality to the track as well as possible taking out snippets of quiet or something to tidy it up

  • emmuzka

    Do I have to join his oficial site to pre-order it?

    You don’t have to join. Also, those who pre-order the physical CD will receive a litograph of the cover art.

    Originally the physical copies were supposed to be a limited series, but then they got to their senses and decided that the CDs will be pressed as much as needed to answer the need. So no-one will have to rush in to order the first second in the fear that the release will run out :)

  • soverymel

    This is so beautiful, I gotta say if Adam’s sometimes maddening tendency toward perfectionism means that this is the kind of quality we get as a result, it is totally worth the wait. Now I can’t wait for the whole thing.

  • abbysee

    Oh just put this in the time capsule……seriously poignant. Well done Adam.

  • Tess

    The one thing that Adam possesses that sets him apart from many of his compatriots is that he can evoke pretty much any emotion when he sings. This inerpretation of the lyrics puts the whole song in a different prespective from his original version. Instead of anger and frustration we get introspection and humility.

    People can say what they want about Adam…but for me his voice and his ability to “understand” what he is singing puts him leagues in front of so many of today’s “popular” artists. Kudos, Adam, for transferring words into feelings and emotions!

  • koshka

    no broken open = bitter ;)

  • lorismile

    Here’s acoustic sleepwalker. I didnt’ think it made the CD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcsbVXzgyg0

    ETA:….. reading the comments on Youtube – this won’t be on the CD. :-(

  • lorismile

    OMG—I’m only at the beginning of WWFM and I’m in love!! Ohhhh his voice…dear God!

    WOW — So stunning!

  • Chicagolaw

    Wow!!!Stunning. Is this the one Monte tweeted out a while back?

    But, I’m confused—can we not pre-order yet?

  • bridgette12

    Thanks MJ for the link. I love that version of WWFM, it showcases Adam’s beautiful voice. I can’t wait to buy this EP.

  • bridgette12

    Is it true that are going to release this new EP worldwide?

  • aa618892

    That was beautiful. So tender and full of emotion. What a vocalist.

  • aa618892

    bridgette12:
    11/21/2010 at 8:42 am

    Is it true that are going to release this new EP worldwide?

    I believe it will be available digitally worldwide at least.

  • Pixie Baker

    This is just perfection….my hubby, who is NOT a fan of Adam…:( …was walking through the room as it was being played and said…..*WONDERFUL*….I can’t wait to buy the EP!

  • lorismile

    I think I will buy this for my mother. She has Adam’s CD in her car. She really enjoys it. I think she’d like this even more.

  • Chicagolaw

    I hope they will have enough copies at AO. I know 2 people who really only care for this side of Adam–they would love this.

    Also, does anyone know, do you have to be a member of AO to order off the site? I’m not really a fan-site person, but I will join if I need to.

    That was just so beautiful, I am totally excited now.

  • sr4mjc

    Can’t wait to order! Gorgeous!

  • sagi

    You do not have to be a member to order the music on AO. You would make the choice to purchase and it will show the item in your cart at the top right hand of the page. Select the cart/checkout and follow the instructions. (I just purchased the remix without being logged in to test it out) ;)

  • soverymel

    But, I’m confused—can we not pre-order yet?

    Unfortunately, no, the link MJ has up top goes to the old Remixes CD import. It’s supposed to be available for pre-order starting Monday.

    And FYI the mod at AO said that while initially they had planned to do a limited run, they are now prepared to press as many physical copies as are needed. I would pre order to be safe, but there’s probably no need to do it the instant the EP is posted.

    Also, does anyone know, do you have to be a member of AO to order off the site? I’m not really a fan-site person, but I will join if I need to.

    I don’t think so, in the past AO has just linked to the Sony store.

    This really is an ideal stocking stuffer for friends and family that already like Adam, I can’t imagine it will be that expensive.

  • weareallinnocent

    Exquisite.

    Initially, I wasn’t too excited about the EP given the song choices, but this acoustic is gorgeous. Love it. Love him.

    Thanks for posting it, MJ.

  • mmb

    so im confused….you can’t buy the track or preorder the ep yet, the track is just appearing on some site where you can hear it, right? its really pretty. looking forward to having good quality, non youtube versions of some of these songs. i still think that the stripped wwfm and mad world are my favorite versions of those tho….but what is kinda cool is that there are so many different acousticy versions of these songs floating around the internets now that everyone has different favorites.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    Mmb, the track is being previewed at the myplay site which is a Sony site. Preorder starts Monday at Adamofficial for the hardcopy cds and then it will be available at all digital outlets on December 6th. I think I have that all right :)

  • jenipop

    Dang, as if I didn’t love this song enough already. This version is just gorgeous. Can’t wait to get the EP. What a great early Christmas gift to myself.

  • loveroftalent

    Wow…so beautiful.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Just gorgeous! Can’t wait to hear the other acoustic versions.

  • freckledLIPS

    wow that’s just gorgeous..can’t wait to hear soaked & aftermath.no broken open?…why Adam,why?

  • smeggingnuts

    freckledLIPS
    wow that’s just gorgeous..can’t wait to hear soaked & aftermath.no broken open?…why Adam,why?

    Here is my take on my no Broken Open. First off since they didn’t have time for Adam to sit in a studio to record these they are using perviously recorded versions. BO was never performed on any of the radio promo gigs Adam did last spring. And he only performed BO maybe 10 times at the begining of the Glam Nation tour. And none of these shows where the ones with professionals recording. So ther is no HQ audio to work with.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    LOve this recording. I wonder if they will digitally release the EP to radio stations? Is that expensive to do? I could see some of these songs getting some radio play on HAC.

  • silentadamfan

    I never really LOVE this song until now, WOW!!!!
    Tess I totally agree with what you said about Adam.

  • baebae

    Valentin432:
    11/21/2010 at 12:47 am

    Apparently I can’t listen to the full song

    Neither can I. Ugh, why do they block everything for us?

  • jammasta

    jammasta:

    I love that you are a die hard Adam fan. Me too. Only I get so crazy and silly that I have to refrain myself.

    And to think, 2 years ago when he was getting praised over Kris I wanted to punch everyone in the face. Now both Kris and Adam make me have to restrain myself so that women don’t think I’m gay >_>.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32u3i4d8kpM

    See, this version of Broken Open should have been on his EP. Broken Open is actually my favorite Adam Lambert song, it’s so atmospheric, it’s kinda like Muse to me. I also love it because Adam co-wrote it. The instrumentation on both the acoustic and album versions is so beautiful and spacey.

  • emmuzka

    wonder if they will digitally release the EP to radio stations? Is that expensive to do?

    At least the Adam Official people tell that it is expensive. (Sending a download link to radio stations doesn’t sound that expensive to me, but the hoopla that they have to rouse to get it played probably is.)

    I’m thinking that (at least originally) the idea is/was to just throw a little something out there for the pre-existing fan base to purchase for christmas, with the sales expectations just a little over the level of the WWFM and IIHY remix EPs. If I remember right, it was implied that one big reason for the EP existing at all was that they didn’t have the time to get the tour DVD ready for christmas sale so they had to have *something* out.

    Now it looks like that the “little something” is such a quality stuff that it would be a shame if it wouldn’t get any radio play or tv promo. Maybe Adam has the time in December to promo it.

  • larc

    What a voice!!!

  • weareallinnocent

    I’m with you on Broken Open, jammasta. I like it so much better than Soaked, it hurts. Hurts that he’d removed it from the set by the time of my concert. Hurts that Soaked is on the EP and not Broken Open. :-(

    I do believe smeggs is onto something about why though. That, and I’m clearly in the minority about Soaked. Most fans adore it. For me, it’s just ok. (ducks and runs)

  • aa618892

    I can’t wait to hear Soaked on this EP. The versions he does on tour are stunning. The arrangement is so much better than on the CD and live is where Adam has made this song all his.

  • mmb

    The acoustic wwfm could possibly get a little radio play. A few stations including z100 played the stripped version a little when it first came out. But nothing else will get any play. And it’s unlikely that they will spend any money promoting the ep. It’s just an easy cheap way to give the fans something new and make some more money. As a fan I’m glad to gave it but have no expectations re sales. Agree that it will prolly doba little better than the remix eps but won’t make much if any impact on the charts

  • Montavilla

    This is the Broken Open I would have chosen: Vh1 Unplugged

    But maybe there’s a copyright issue, because it was a TV broadcast?

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    I’m thinking that (at least originally) the idea is/was to just throw a little something out there for the pre-existing fan base to purchase for christmas, with the sales expectations just a little over the level of the WWFM and IIHY remix EPs.

    I think you’re right. When it was talked about initially though, it got alot of press, probably more than they expected. I think that’s why they did the formal press release from RCA about it last week giving the cover and release dates. It certainly got a ton of mentions in the press, I was surprised to see it even on CNN’s site.

  • TexasWannaHoldEm

    Wow! After hearing so many gorgeous acoustic performances of wwfm, he really did choose the best of the best. This is breathtaking – his voice has such unbelievable clarity, emotion, tone, pitch (kind of important, lol). Can’t wait to hear the rest of it!

  • jammasta

    I’m with you on Broken Open, jammasta. I like it so much better than Soaked, it hurts. Hurts that he’d removed it from the set by the time of my concert. Hurts that Soaked is on the EP and not Broken Open. :-(

    Wait, but I love Soaked too! Tour version is awesome, album version is epic (Though I confess that lately I’ve been listening to Muse’s version more, <3 Muse, if they collaborated with Adam it would be amazing).

    Broken Open is just amazing, but we might as well celebrate what we got, not mourn what we didn't (and request it later!)

  • HotHotHot

    Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to get this EP! Must have hard copy!!!!!

  • TXsunshine001

    I could spend the day just staring at the cover. Beautiful, beautiful vocals

  • mmm222

    This is amazing! Absolutely perfect. Although I’m sorry that Broken Open and Sleepwalker weren’t included in the Acoustic EP, I’m really grateful for what we got. I think smeggs is right. There just weren’t recordings of adequate quality to meet Adam’s standards. I am very happy that Aftermath was included. The acoustic version is gorgeous and so much better than the original FYI recording.

  • Usually Lurking

    LOVE the cover!!

  • lorismile

    What a voice!!!

    I know right?? It’s what it always comes down to for me. I can’t stop listening to the song with headphones. It’s just gorgeous.

    I can’t wait to hear Soaked also. I’m not a huge fan of the song on the CD but it’s the only song that’s ever moved me to tears when I heard it sung live. Same with Aftermath. Really excited to hear these songs now that I heard WWFM.

    I could spend the day just staring at the cover.

    I don’t like the cover. For me, it gives off an electronic vibe instead of an acoustic one. If that makes sense.

  • TXsunshine001

    I am still focused on shirtless , emo haired Adam, haven’t even started take in the rest but I hope his next album cover goes in the direction. Along with the stripped down song production.

  • JazzRocks

    OMG – to use a common term. That is exquisite. I’m falling in love with that song all over again.

    There is no one that sings like Adam. No one!

  • weareallinnocent

    Broken Open is just amazing, but we might as well celebrate what we got, not mourn what we didn’t (and request it later!)

    No doubt about it! :-)

  • revcat

    I heard WWFM being played early in the morning as bumper music on MSNBC news. It was really early so I don’t know if it was this new version or the non-acoustic one. I was half asleep. But happy to hear it no matter.

  • JudyOhio

    Whadda ya want from may, whadda ya want from may-ay……I tried singing that as whadda ya want from meeeee, whadda ya want from meeee-eee, but it just didn’t work as well, lol. The “may” pronounciation must have been a conscious decision :)

  • butterbean

    I’m a big fan of the may, too.

    Adding what everybody else has said: what a friggin’ voice! Who else sings like that these days?!

  • Q3

    This track is gorgeous! Just gorgeous!

    I trust that Adam selected the best acoustic tracks for the EP. I am thrilled with WWFM — far beyond anything I imagined and I had listened to the NRJ Berlin YT recording quite a number of times — and never expected that the quality of the recordings and production could be so excellent.

    I think that Broken Open album track is quite good — it is my favorite track on the album — and one of my favorite live performances. Sleepwalker live is amazing and the album version is not close to as good. I expect we will get great versions of both on the DVD which is due out early next year. I can wait — although really wanted Sleepwalker now!

    wonder if they will digitally release the EP to radio stations? Is that expensive to do?

    RCA could release a track from “Acoustic Live” to radio but I doubt it — at least doubt it in the US. Unless they planned to spend a lot of money to get it airplay, which makes no sense, it would mostly just be ignored.

    But it is not unheard of for an alternate version of a hit single like WWFM to get some airplay even without a release. The WWFM remixes got some airplay, for example. I can’t think of any time when it amounted to much airplay in the past 20 years without promotion EXCEPT when there is an associated tragedy — Princess Di’s death, John Lennon’s assassination, etc.

  • dcglam

    Oh my….. This track brought me to tears and gave me chills all at the same time.
    Absolutely stunning!

  • mrgrk

    Please, Sir, I want some more!!

  • songsungblue

    Not an Adam fan by any stretch of the imagination – I tend to shy away from anyone off Idol who seems to attract the Claymate Levels of Insanity – but I have to give the guy props. He can sang! He has an incredible instrument, and he’s learned to control it. It’s pretty astounding.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    NVM deleted…eh, came out much bitchier than intended..lol.

  • Buffynut

    One guitar, one voice, one take! Perfection!

  • girlygirl

    That version of WWFM is gorgeous.

  • Ellessay

    I don’t like the cover. For me, it gives off an electronic vibe instead of an acoustic one. If that makes sense.

    I love Adam, stripped. Acoustically, that is….

    I think the cover is very striking, and can’t wait to purchase my own copy.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    GORGEOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Teri63

    songsungblue:
    11/21/2010 at 3:36 pm

    Not an Adam fan by any stretch of the imagination – I tend to shy away from anyone off Idol who seems to attract the Claymate Levels of Insanity – but I have to give the guy props. He can sang! He has an incredible instrument, and he’s learned to control it. It’s pretty astounding

    You decide who to be a fan of based on other people’s reactions?? I’m surprised you’d like anybody off idol because I’ve seen levels of insanity among all fanbases, especially all the popular male contestants.

    Awww — our musical tastes, how they’re formed, and our reactions to pop culture are all different. This sounds like the early buddings of a potential new fan. If that’s the case, welcome!

  • SpenserJ

    Very impressive. I think you all have covered all of the possible adjectives to describe this :). And, I’m not one to typically rave about much. But, I’ve got to hand it to Adam on this one. That’s some pretty amazing shit right there.

  • cwm

    Buffynut:
    11/21/2010 at 5:19 pm
    One guitar, one voice, one take! Perfection!

    SpenserJ:
    11/21/2010 at 7:12 pm
    …I’ve got to hand it to Adam on this one. That’s some pretty amazing shit right there.

    Very well said, Buffynut and SpenserJ.

    This track is just absolutely gorgeous. I’m so thrilled because this has always been my absolute favorite performance of WWFM. (Yes, smeggs, it IS the German NRJ performance!!) I was so so so so hoping that this would be the performance that they’d put on the EP. It just turns me to mush inside. And the sound is just perfect. They have enhanced the sound somehow from the original youtube — enriched it and added some echoes. I could listen to Adam’s voice sing like this all day.

  • Bowie1

    Adam’s voice is so beautiful on this acoustic WWFM! I just keep wondering how much better can this man get? He has the best voice out there in todays music. The voice, the gorgeous looks, the charismatic personality, the work ethic, the ‘postive energy’, the humble and genuine nature….all come togehter to make one amazing man who was born to entertain us. And I love the album cover..stripped down Adam doing a stripped down acoustic album….brillant!

  • dcglam

    songsungblue:
    11/21/2010 at 3:36 pm
    Not an Adam fan by any stretch of the imagination – I tend to shy away from anyone off Idol who seems to attract the Claymate Levels of Insanity – but I have to give the guy props. He can sang! He has an incredible instrument, and he’s learned to control it. It’s pretty astounding.

    songsungblue~ I want you to know that as an Adam fan I totally appreciate your honesty and objectivity. You are right……. Adam’s immense talent cannot be denied!

  • Teri63

    Bowie1:
    11/21/2010 at 7:32 pm

    Adam’s voice is so beautiful on this acoustic WWFM! I just keep wondering how much better can this man get? He has the best voice out there in todays music. The voice, the gorgeous looks, the charismatic personality, the work ethic, the ‘postive energy’, the humble and genuine nature….all come togehter to make one amazing man who was born to entertain us. And I love the album cover..stripped down Adam doing a stripped down acoustic album….brillant!

    YES to all of this!

  • smeggingnuts

    (Yes, smeggs, it IS the German NRJ performance!!) I was so so so so hoping that this would be the performance that they’d put on the EP. It just turns me to mush inside.

    I finally got a chance to listen to it….and Wooo Hooo this is my top two versions of WWFM. I think I like the Melbourne one better but that might be because it was the first time I heard it and really liked it.

    I am really excited to see which version of Aftermath and Soaked they choose. Since they are using Glam Nation performances these won’t be fan recorded you tube versions but professional HQ audio….omg can’t wait :)

  • bridgette12

    smeggingnuts:
    11/21/2010 at 7:59 pm
    I am really excited to see which version of Aftermath and Soaked they choose. Since they are using Glam Nation performances these won’t be fan recorded you tube versions but professional HQ audio….omg can’t wait

    I am right there with you, I can’t wait to hear Aftermath and Soaked. Those two songs send shivers up my spine. His voice is so pure and crystal clear when he sings acoustically, I can’t wait. Tomorrow can’t get hear soon enough. I want my own copy to hold in my hands.

  • loveroftalent

    am right there with you, I can’t wait to hear Aftermath and Soaked. Those two songs send shivers up my spine. His voice is so pure and crystal clear when he sings acoustically, I can’t wait. Tomorrow can’t get hear soon enough. I want my own copy to hold in my hands.

    Wait…I thought it’s available Dec. 6. Is this true we can get it tomorrow.

  • bridgette12

    I hope I am not wrong when I said we can purchase a cd tomorrow. I thought that we can go to AO tomorrow and order a physical copy. If I am wrong, someone please let me know.

  • ricardo

    I always love Adam at the upright cabaret with just a piano and nothing to take away from his pure voice. To me this with Adam and Monte with his guitar is Upright Cabaret revisited. Simply the best.

  • iluvai

    Gorgeous photo. Adam at Upright Cabaret is just amazing. No doubt they miss him!!!

  • too-cool-for-school

    Wow, beautiful version of WWFM.

    I think this EP will do really well. I wasn’t feeling the remixes that came out awhile back, but this will be a nice addition of the stunning, raw power of his voice.

  • zzatrms

    songsungblue:
    11/21/2010 at 3:36 pm
    Not an Adam fan by any stretch of the imagination – I tend to shy away from anyone off Idol who seems to attract the Claymate Levels of Insanity – but I have to give the guy props. He can sang! He has an incredible instrument, and he’s learned to control it. It’s pretty astounding.

    How nice that you can compliment Adam even though you’re not a fan. :) Too often a non-fan can only find negative thoughts.

  • loveroftalent

    always love Adam at the upright cabaret with just a piano and nothing to take away from his pure voice. To me this with Adam and Monte with his guitar is Upright Cabaret revisited. Simply the best

    .

    I watch his upright cabaret performances often. Just his pure voice is amazing. It always brings tears to my eyes. There is just so much feeling.

  • smeggingnuts

    Wait…I thought it’s available Dec. 6. Is this true we can get it tomorrow.

    Word is if you pre-order the EP at http://WWW.AdamOfficail.com today you get WWFM right away.

  • zzatrms

    nvm

  • baddabing

    What is with the patriotic cover?

    Regardless, this is really how I like to hear him – HEAR him and feel him. The heavily processed stuff is okay, some great, but this is the soul of the singer, to me. Yay Adam!