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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 (ten years ago) Permalink

does he mean us?

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

three 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

the hip-hop influence and potty mouth of Amy Winehouse


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

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

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

two 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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink


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


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

two weeks pass...

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

three weeks pass...

we could have had it alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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

that's a hell of a song

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

three 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

she shouldnt pull her hair back like that

plax (ico), Friday, 21 January 2011 16:52 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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:
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 (seven 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


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

what age is this chick??

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

oh shes my age

plax (ico), Friday, 21 January 2011 20:28 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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!

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

two weeks pass...

okay her cover of "Lovesong" is great

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

bad thread

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it's here for the long haul, skip.

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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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

Full review here:

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

lots of popular stuff is poorly executed and/or boring! technical execution doesn't really seem important to casual fans

lex pretend, Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:28 (two years ago) Permalink

how could something boring be more popular than star wars

Tell The BTLs to Fuck Off (wins), Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:49 (two years ago) Permalink

I think some unfortunate aesthetic choices were made in that video - I don't like long intros, and I think the background noise is annoying (in that way it reminds me a bit of the "Hold On We're Going Home" video which is unlistenable). That's not poorly executed, it's just something I dislike. The editing around 2:50 however is simply sloppy or there's something wrong with my computer. And I think a belting chorus is a bad way to showcase a good vocalist, but I'm very open for arguments.

niels, Thursday, 29 October 2015 12:05 (two years ago) Permalink

On pure technical terms, it sounds like she is lifting her soft palette more and pressing less when she goes full barrel, likely an adjustment she made after dealing with nodes; her voice is still recognizably her but the knife edge that floated underneath it on most of her songs (particularly "Rolling in the Deep" and "Chasing Pavement") isn't there.

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Thursday, 29 October 2015 13:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Even more so than Swift, Adele seems anecdotally one of the few acts I sense kids and adults like equally. I hear little kids singing Adele songs all the time, but when this new single came out several adult friends of mine on Facebook made "ZOMG Adele is back!" posts. And am I right that she barely even toured America? She played a capacity 2500 place here back in 2011, that was it for Chicago.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 29 October 2015 13:31 (two years ago) Permalink

I think the song is a total bore, but the execution, from the announcement to the release to the song's themes seem perfectly suited to capitalizing on the type of popstar Adele is advertised as being.

Greer, Thursday, 29 October 2015 14:11 (two years ago) Permalink

in terms of ~feel~, sonic arc etc. this song reminds me a bit of leona lewis's "run" cover. except that was great and this is rather mediocre :\

a little too on the nose too, like damn after all these years you are still singing about the same shit in a hardly-different-at-all perspective

dyl, Thursday, 29 October 2015 15:04 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't find her an exciting artist myself qua music, but the massive, massive popularity of emotional songs about resignation, regret, loss, nostalgia and guilt interests me because I work on emotion and affect and melancholy in my scholarly other life, and when you have someone completely smashing the sales figures with work that is so much about wallowing in negative emotions that is really interesting even if she's not making "interesting music" (to me)- her fame x her art as an equation is interesting even if the art isn't, because it suggests a weird groundswell of collective feeling surfing on the appoggiatura and getting pleasure out of suffering

the tune was space, Thursday, 29 October 2015 16:49 (two years ago) Permalink

of course if it was my job to review and write about pop music and I lived in the city where her PR team / machine was grinding her in my face relentlessly I would really have no time for her shit at all so i feel u lex :)

the tune was space, Thursday, 29 October 2015 17:02 (two years ago) Permalink

her PR team doesn't have to work too hard tbh

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 29 October 2015 17:03 (two years ago) Permalink

I like the idea of hello being a reply to hotline bling...

niels, Thursday, 29 October 2015 22:46 (two years ago) Permalink

supposedly it sounds like 70s soft rock!

hello rumer.

mark e, Thursday, 29 October 2015 22:49 (two years ago) Permalink

this almost makes the song acceptable

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Friday, 30 October 2015 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

this song is boring & terrible

welltris (crüt), Friday, 6 November 2015 14:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I was walking down our alley and we passed a sorority house where what sounded like ten girls were singing along at the top of their lungs and when they hit the chorus, ouchhhhhhhh. Terrifying!

the tune was space, Friday, 6 November 2015 15:02 (two years ago) Permalink

this one sounds to me a bit like that big ballad on the brandon flowers album (which in a way makes sense as reichtshaid produced the studio version)

art baengels (monotony), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 12:15 (two years ago) Permalink

could do with a bit of a donk on it though. there's a shellback song on the album, i'm intrigued by that at least

art baengels (monotony), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 12:16 (two years ago) Permalink

new song is just .. there.

piscesx, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:54 (two years ago) Permalink

The album is also just...there.

Greer, Thursday, 19 November 2015 15:31 (two years ago) Permalink

why did i ever like adele. this sounds like a reality show winner's album.

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Friday, 4 December 2015 13:29 (two years ago) Permalink

people love this though and seem to think she is the most talented thing ever . idk it's just ok

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 4 December 2015 14:05 (two years ago) Permalink

people are buying a personality (adele is pretty irresistible as a person) and an outlook on heartbreak, and the music is a functional device to deliver those things, it is "good enough"

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 December 2015 14:23 (two years ago) Permalink

she's such a great example of how far a "normal" persona gets you. "oh she'd be fun to go down the pub with" the fucking nigel farage of pop


lex pretend, Friday, 4 December 2015 14:26 (two years ago) Permalink

embodiment of yt privilege too obv, imagine a black woman singing ballads about heartbreak having even half her success in the past...two decades?

lex pretend, Friday, 4 December 2015 14:27 (two years ago) Permalink


nova, Friday, 4 December 2015 16:00 (two years ago) Permalink

So I just heard this for the first time, and the formula seems to be Pat Benatar verse + American Idol chorus, repeat

The consensus / ubiquity of Adele also reminds me of Macy Gray's popularity circa 2000, before anyone used the term "monoculture" to describe things that were bland enough for everybody to enjoy

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Friday, 4 December 2015 16:22 (two years ago) Permalink

i forgot another element, her voice, which you kind of have to admit is great? alongside that i'd add something about her JUDGMENT as a singer - she goes big when she needs to, she keeps it simple when she needs to

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 December 2015 20:12 (two years ago) Permalink

FIVE STARS in the new rolling stone

nomar, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:39 (two years ago) Permalink

i thought it was well established that when it comes to the big acts rolling stone are whores

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:47 (two years ago) Permalink

Adele is ... the Goddess in the Doorway.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:47 (two years ago) Permalink

They play a dance mix of "Hello" on the pop station here, I don't get it

nova, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 07:10 (two years ago) Permalink

how's life, Thursday, 17 December 2015 19:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Tried to help a schoolteacher friend buy tickets this morning, but no dice.

(please no long guns of any kind) (Eazy), Thursday, 17 December 2015 19:40 (two years ago) Permalink

you had to work late?

Die Angst des Elfmans beim Torschluss (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 17 December 2015 20:22 (two years ago) Permalink

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