Lambert's daring choices have continued with the selection of his CD cover, which was unveiled on Tuesday to wildly mixed commentary. The heavily designed cover image depicts the "Idol" runner-up as an electric-blue-haired androgyne, replete with gold eyeshadow and requisite guyliner. Oh, and he's floating in space, possibly naked, save for the open-fingered glove he's wearing.
Entertainment Weekley's Michael Slezak offered a trenchant analysis of the image, spotting, for example, references to Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson in what is easily the most over-the-top album cover to come out of eight seasons of "American Idol."
Reaction from the public has been wildly divided, with fans embracing the image's camp sensibility and detractors questioning the singer's level of taste. One thing neither side has been is quiet: EW.com's analysis has engendered over 1,300 comments while idolforums.com, a popular hangout for "Idol" fans, has close to 2000 postings on the topic of the CD cover.
Perhaps in defense of the cover selection, Lambert himself entered the fray, twittering "Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It's an omage to the past. It IS ridiculous" and "For those that don't get it: oh well... Glad to have gotten your attention."
Whether or not the cover reflects the contents of Lambert's debut recording will have to wait until Nov. 23, when "For Your Entertainment" drops.