I could never see Adam pulling off Runnin' live. I just can't believe his lower register is reliable enough for that.
I know it's mind-blowing to imagine his full range but Adam HIMSELF has said that, in deciding which songs to include on this album (he had apx. 50 tracks finished to choose from) he definitely kept in mind the LIVE performances and whether he could do them on a nightly basis, etc. I've heard him say that in at least two interviews so I'd not be surprised to hear him actually perform "Runnin" live.Plus, you can hear some of his lower register in the next track as well ("Take Back")
It's my guess that several factors are in play here. 1) His full vocal range may have been underrated to this point 2) HE may not even be able to tell you what his "limitations" are himself (he has been asked re: octaves & range and shrugs it off saying he's not sure) and 3) As the opera expert has said about male tenors..their voices fully mature (especially the lower registers) at around age 36. Lambert is just 30 now.
I am actually liking this album the more I listen. "Shady" is too funky NOT to be my personal fave!
That said, I also dig "Cuckoo", "Kickin' In","Trespassing","Runnin" and "Underneath" (I like all of them but these are my faves)
Remember the songs he did for the Take One demo CD? Here is just one from that album:http://youtu.be/By39_debAw8
Of course, the record co. wanted him to sing the demos in a voice that more male singers could relate to/emulate, so he did.And this was several years ago so I bet he CAN sing a lot lower LIVE when he wants to.We'll see.