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i like her.

much better than that kate nash trash you brits were getting excited about last year...

The Brainwasher, Friday, 4 January 2008 23:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

does he mean us?

blueski, Friday, 4 January 2008 23:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I think she is OK... I don't know about that "you brits" thing, probably just a media reference? But I like her a lot better than that horrible Kate Nash. At least she has some smallish amount of integrity in a look at me I went to BRIT and happen to like Regina Spektor kind of way. She COULD be a lot better. Ultimately a disappointment and not really worth the amount of typing I have already done.

I am so sick of the XL/Moshi Moshi tastemaking mafia.

Saxby D. Elder, Sunday, 6 January 2008 19:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Her album is pretty good.. she's at her best when the backing music is whimsical and lively, when she does the whole "sparse singer-songwriter acoustic guitar" thing it's SO BORING (besides "Daydreamer").

The Brainwasher, Thursday, 31 January 2008 12:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

Where were the XL/Moshi Moshi tastemaking mafia when Annie From Norway needed them? Eh?

Dingbod Kesterson, Thursday, 31 January 2008 12:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

She's not bad, but pretty much the safe alternative for people who hate the hip-hop influence and potty mouth of Amy Winehouse and find Kate Nash too cutesy.

That said, "Chasing Pavements" and "Right As Rain" are great songs. But can we declare a moratorium on covering "To Make You Feel My Love"? Billy Joel and Garth Brooks already ruined it for everyone else, especially if you aren't even going to try anything new with it.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 31 January 2008 13:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

the hip-hop influence and potty mouth of Amy Winehouse

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?

Tom D., Thursday, 31 January 2008 13:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

That was a nearly exact quote from my cousin as to why she didn't like Winehouse, she didn't like "the hip-hop stuff and her potty mouth". I'm just saying Adele is like the "safe" option for those that don't like Winehouse.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 31 January 2008 13:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

she's a better singer than winehouse imo.

but winehouse has better songs/is more interesting.

The Brainwasher, Thursday, 31 January 2008 14:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

Dear Private Eye, blah-di-blah related seperated at birth yadda yadda


Dom Passantino, Saturday, 2 February 2008 17:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

new album entitled 21 is produced almost entirely by rick rubin, the first single is described as "gospel disco"

needless to say I am very excited 4 this

i am not a display name (The Brainwasher), Tuesday, 2 November 2010 15:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

I thought Winehouse had the talent and Adele was just better looking, but Rick Rubin though, maybe I should try again. It didn't bowl me over.

like you really know who trisomie 21 is (u s steel), Tuesday, 2 November 2010 18:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Brainwasher² = (The Brainwasher) X (The Brainwasher), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 01:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

:D

Here we are in a sticky situation/ (Tape Store), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

!!!

The Brainwasher² = (The Brainwasher) X (The Brainwasher), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

no hipster hats (The Brainwasher), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 15:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

we could have had it alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

ok (Tape Store), Sunday, 26 December 2010 06:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

that's a hell of a song

goole, Thursday, 30 December 2010 23:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Someone Like You = a worldwide number 1 hit if ever there was one. A reminder just how powerful a simple ballad with just a piano and a voice can be when it's done right.

piscesx, Friday, 21 January 2011 15:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

she shouldnt pull her hair back like that

plax (ico), Friday, 21 January 2011 16:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

is she the writer? both of these songs are fantastic. they feel like classics already to me. i'm really surprised because i hated that chasing pavements song.

jed_, Friday, 21 January 2011 17:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

i kinda had the same reaction but the rusko remix of cold shoulder made me realise that its a kickass song and shes a great singer.

plax (ico), Friday, 21 January 2011 17:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

a worldwide number 1 hit if ever there was one

always weirded out when people use this line to praise a song. so it's about as good as "the time (dirty bit)", then.

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 21 January 2011 17:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

anyway re: adele, i wrote this at the jukebox, but i was totally shocked by "rolling in the deep" - i'd hated everything i heard off her first album, so to hear her do something w/genuine gravitas and personality was a surprise. what happened to her in those two years?

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 21 January 2011 17:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

(i don't think it's quite amazing, though - still a bit reverent to its influences)

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 21 January 2011 17:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah well adele was so clearly part of the a&r rush to replace winehouse before she ODed so its fair to assume that her first album might have been somewhat manhandled into shape whereas this one has the legitimation of **big name producer** rick rubin and I think that things like that tend to grant ppl a little more autonomy maybe. i mean obv this is speculation.

plax (ico), Friday, 21 January 2011 20:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp yeah 'classic' isn't a word i'd bandy about willy nilly but that's what comes to mind to me too re: Someone Like You.
writing credits are as follows:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21_%28Adele_album%29
very much the Florence vibe; writer shows up with bits/ideas/bare bones, Epworth et al finish em off, take a half/third of the publishing. Adele herself has said the writing is "60%" hers.

piscesx, Friday, 21 January 2011 20:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

also a useful reminder not to write off artists based on debuts made when they were a teenager, even if the hype and press line are tedious - certainly i don't expect songwritery artists (which adele is, i guess) to find their voice at that stage, and if they do then they're a rare exception

xp

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 21 January 2011 20:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

what age is this chick??

plax (ico), Friday, 21 January 2011 20:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

the clue is in the album titles - i know, such a lame thing to do ONCE let alone twice

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 21 January 2011 20:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

(i don't think it's quite amazing, though - still a bit reverent to its influences)

― lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, January 21, 2011 11:11 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

i really like the song, but on a formal level, i'd state this differently. i think the "old motown" crowd would have had a little more play and spikiness in the backing. as it is this chugs along in a straightforward rock kind of way. i think if they had been reverent on that level it would sound less retro, if that makes sense. it's kind of white-stripes-y

goole, Friday, 21 January 2011 20:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

i'd go with that - i was referring more to her vocal being reverent. i really like the arrangement, though.

also i've just listened to "someone like you" and...not feeling it, it's leaving me as cold/bored as the stuff off the first album. brit school ersatz soul, you are never too far away :(

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 21 January 2011 20:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh shes my age

plax (ico), Friday, 21 January 2011 20:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

She's 22.

I definitely agree she has grown a whole lot since her first album (though there were a few choice songs on that one - "Right As Rain," "Cold Shoulder,"). 21 has some truly remarkable moments - I'd consider "Rolling in the Deep" a classic already, and other standouts for me "Set Fire To Rain," "He Won't Go," the bridge in "Rumor Has It" (incredible). She does have a tendency towards the maudlin and some of the songs are over-arranged, but yeah - I love how she melds all of these influences that I wouldn't necessarily like on their own - rockabilly, there's a definite classic rock influence on some tracks. Such a great voice too, obviously

The Brainwasher, Friday, 21 January 2011 20:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah Rumour Has It is a barnstormer. dunno much about your man Ryan Tedder but hats off to him for his studio trickery anyway.

piscesx, Friday, 21 January 2011 20:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

Someone Like You is in the itunes Top 20 and it's only an album track so far. The people have spoken! Currently the album is outselling the rest of the UK album chart combined. Hats off madame! http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/sessions/2011-01-27_adeleliveloungespecial

piscesx, Thursday, 27 January 2011 18:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

okay her cover of "Lovesong" is great

DJP, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 16:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thought she did an amazing job on "Someone Like You" at last night's Brits. Clearly a song with direct personal resonance, as she was on the brink of tears by the end of it.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

"someone like you" has returned me to my original standpoint that she's a hack and a journeywoman. so dull.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

The song is OK-to-good, but I thought the performance was outstanding, and highly affecting.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 14:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

No one with a voice that good can really be considered a hack, but she's just a bit... boring.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 14:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

bad thread

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we did it

for all the fucked-up children of this world we give you 1p3 (history mayne), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 14:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

20/02/2011 - Adele equals Beatles’ record to lead Official Charts Brits Bonanza

Adele’s Someone Like You rockets up the Official Singles Chart from last week’s number 47 to become the UK’s new number one after her powerful live television performance at last Tuesday’s Brit Awards, while her current album 21 heads the Official Albums Chart for a fourth week, the Official Charts Company announces today.

Not content with achieving the chart double of simultaneous number ones in the nation’s Official Singles and Official Albums charts, the twenty-two-year-old artist boasts two more Top 5 hits this week; her single Rolling In The Deep and her debut album 19 are each at number four in their respective charts.

Adele is the first living artist to achieve the feat of two Top 5 hits in both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since The Beatles back in January 1964 when their singles I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You were numbers two and five and their albums With The Beatles and Please Please Me were numbers one and two.

Adele’s phenomenal achievement spearheads a huge surge in sales for all the artists who won or performed at the Brit Awards 2011. Total album sales for Brits’ artists were up 70% week on week with Laura Marling’s album I Speak Because I Can recording the biggest chart leap from last week’s number 80 to this week’s number 21.

danzig, Sunday, 20 February 2011 19:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Finally listening to 21. I like her, but I really wasn't in a hurry to hear it I guess. Too bad, because this is great!

she's a hack and a journeywoman

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

She's no hack. Someone Like You is thumpingly predictable - seemingly designed for X-Factor cover versions - which makes the Brits performance all the more impressive.

DL, Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

okay her cover of "Lovesong" is great

It is really good, I was wondering whether you would like it or not.

Peyton Flanders (Nicole), Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

Tiring though it is to be typing the words "Nabisco OTM" once again, this first para sums up exactly how I felt about the Someone Like You performance:

Sometimes you only really start appreciating someone like Adele when she’s singing a bad song. There’s some workmanlike, blandly tasteful arrangement lolling behind her like a boiled potato; the lyrics have gone all banal; the string section seems to be courting viewers of whichever network-TV drama needs to score a pensive montage ... and yet the main thing you’re thinking is: Who broke Adele’s heart, and why would they do that, and can they not hear how marvelous she is?

DL, Friday, 25 February 2011 18:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Full review here:

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/02/adeles_21_its_the_singer_not_t.html

DL, Friday, 25 February 2011 18:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Why is everyone talking about how it's intentionally constructed for future television use? The songs sound pretty honest to me. I'm I just not as cynical as I used to be?

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 25 February 2011 19:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

There's something very generic about the chord changes and arrangement of Someone Like You - it seems calculated and I think the honesty is all in the voice, ie in spite of the song rather than because of it. But then these days it's pretty hard to write a straightforward big-sounding piano ballad that doesn't sound like the closing scenes of Grey's Anatomy.

I've been dancing since 9 and I'm tired and hungry (Dorianlynskey), Friday, 25 February 2011 19:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wouldn't argue about the artifice of Gaga, surely that's the point. It's the authenticity of Adele that gets the eyeroll.

Matt DC, Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Makes me think - is the idea of authenticity now so degraded that applying it to anyone would get the eyeroll? I think it's always been problematic and it's got to the point where I never ever want to see it used without scare quotes. I think Adele's appeal could fairly be described as "authenticity" rather than authenticity.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Why "authenticity", though? Why not "simplicity", since the essence of her performance ethos is "girl with big voice sings at u"?

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Are you asking me or Toure? I used "authenticity" because however unreal and misleading that concept is in mainstream pop, Adele is clearly satisfying a craving for the "genuine", "unadorned", "real", "organic", etc. I think a lot of that genuinely comes from her personality and music taste but there's an element of calculation in the presentation - the black-and-white sleeve, the choice of which influences to foreground. For example, she's a massive Mary J Blige and Lauryn Hill fan but you can't hear any hip hop in 21. Not that it's as shamelessly "authentic" as the first Joss Stone album.

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Thursday, 26 May 2011 17:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

you can hear R&B in there, its obv from her singing style, its just contained in more of a capital fm listenership-pleasing aesthetic. shes a much more... AUTHENTIC singer than joss stone in any case. much more natural/unoforced. even though i think shes still figuring out how to best control/use her voice.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 27 May 2011 08:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

her general pose re: authenticity/being ordinary etc tbh reminds me of plan b more than anyone else

lot of similarities

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 27 May 2011 08:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

Really? Plan B plays on artifice - the whole Strickland Banks persona, the shifting genres. All they have in common is that they're white working-class Londoners - and both funny and candid - so maybe their personalities signify "authenticity".

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Friday, 27 May 2011 08:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, the whole 'no bullshit, i tell it like it is, i dont care about sugarcoating my opinion' thing is def a big common thing. and the whole MOR sound in spite of that 'tude is also something they share. there were some other things too but my minds preoccupied.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 27 May 2011 08:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Am I the only one who liked the first album better? At least judging from the songs that I've heard from the new one, they seem kind of over-arranged to me. I liked the more spare arrangements on _19_. Also "Chasing Pavements" > "Rolling in the Deep".

o. nate, Friday, 27 May 2011 20:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/29/adele-change-women-music-business

"XL's Richard Russell blames 'boring, crass and unoriginal' music on industry's over-sexualisation of female artists"

good thing we discussed all of this in advance of anyone saying it.

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Monday, 30 May 2011 21:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

'A success, in pop, is never just a success – it's always ready to be spun into a triumph for some wider force.'
says Tom Ewing
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/jun/02/tom-ewing-adele-success?CMP=twt_gu

piscesx, Friday, 3 June 2011 16:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

i miss when novelty hits were novel

51 suggest gang (The Reverend), Sunday, 19 June 2011 09:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

damn "Someone Like You" is depressing as shit.. I think I like this.

billstevejim, Friday, 30 September 2011 20:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

it has a new video.. this was my first time hearing this song

billstevejim, Friday, 30 September 2011 20:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

great cover of rolling: http://soundcloud.com/work-drugs/rolling-in-the-deep-adele

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Thursday, 2 February 2012 10:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tell us a little about how “Rolling in the Deep” came about.

A. I had all these chords I thought would be perfect for her. You know, little musical riffs or themes. I tried all these out on her for about two hours. She literally sat there with a pen in her hand staring blankly, and she just went, “I’m not feeling anything.” And then she went, “I’ve got this riff, this idea, that’s going round and round my head,” and I went, “Go on then, what is it?” And she went, [sings] “There’s a fire.”

I said wow, and I just grabbed a guitar and quickly tried to figure out what the key was. She had all the verses, that thematic melody that she uses all through the song. I put all the verses down as one long recording, and then we put spaces in the track to start work on a prechorus and a chorus. We wrote the core of the song — her verses and the chords — in under 15 minutes. And the rest of it was structured over two hours.

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 February 2012 14:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Q. Her vocal track that you recorded that day for a demo ended up on the album. Why didn’t you redo it?

A. Adele was going through something. She had had her heart broken, and she was in pieces, and you can really hear that, her anger and her sadness. Sometimes I just don’t think you can recreate that or fake it. My hunch is that we captured something in her vocal performance that was going to be very hard to recreate

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 February 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

spare us a tenner til Monday?

http://www.nme.com/news/adele/62071

piscesx, Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

the headline "Adele shows off her new £7 million, 10-bedroom mansion in new video" makes it sound like the Hype Williams-directed clip for the Swizz Beatz remix of her new single takes place in her mansion

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha

The Reverend, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

French paper publishing Adele sextape tomorrow. Skeezy.
http://www.jeanmarcmorandini.com/article-263995-une-sextape-de-la-chanteuse-adele-diffusee-sur-le-net-et-dans-le-magazine-public.html

zappi, Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

does anyone really wanna see that lol

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes. yes i do.

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Friday, 17 February 2012 01:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

god, the leaked pic is disturbing enough. not sure if I'm gonna be able to watch it.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 17 February 2012 01:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's a still from a sex tape

illuminati girl (J0rdan S.), Friday, 17 February 2012 02:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

?

illuminati girl (J0rdan S.), Friday, 17 February 2012 02:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

une sextape

buzza, Friday, 17 February 2012 03:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes, supposedly it's a still from the sextape. adele's image is ruined for me now.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Friday, 17 February 2012 03:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can't believe L'Académie française has not come up with a word for "sex tape."

A Full Torgo Apparition (Phil D.), Friday, 17 February 2012 11:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

In other news, she's been moaning about paying tax again, hasn't she?

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 17 February 2012 12:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

somebody linked me this pic, but Adele really isn't the highlight:

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Friday, 17 February 2012 12:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

lmfaooo. i wish this were real

teledyldonix, Friday, 17 February 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

‏@JennyJohnsonHi5
Adele's pregnant, man her next album is gonna suuuuuuuuck

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 30 June 2012 16:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't realize Adele is younger than I am!

mississippi joan hart (crüt), Saturday, 30 June 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink


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