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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

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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

i fuck w/ this -- the world needs a good dramatic piano ballad every once in a while

little humma boy (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 04:38 (six years ago) Permalink

her voice gets kinda weird tho when she goes into her upper registers

little humma boy (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 04:39 (six years ago) Permalink

i loved "chasing pavements" too

little humma boy (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 04:40 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

i really like rolling in the deep

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 25 March 2011 23:49 (six years ago) Permalink

i really like rolling balls deep

a SB-in' artist that been in the game for a minute (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 26 March 2011 00:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Snrub otm, it's a great single! don't really care for anything else i've heard, but i haven't heard all of 21 yet

her Lovesong cover is an abortion btw, DJP u mad

ilxor you've listened to one odd future album once (ilxor), Saturday, 26 March 2011 01:00 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, the cover of lovesong is awful, easily the worst track on 21.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 26 March 2011 03:06 (six years ago) Permalink

i mean, it's better than the 311 version, at least, though...

ilxor you've listened to one odd future album once (ilxor), Monday, 28 March 2011 15:16 (six years ago) Permalink

What is with you people over there:

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 April 2011 17:33 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Adele is some hot garbage son.

banjee trillness (The Reverend), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:36 (six years ago) Permalink

crazy how massive she is now

just sayin, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:36 (six years ago) Permalink

lol fat joek

A Zed and Two Nults (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:37 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I kind of despise this woman so it rather irritates me how much I love 'Rolling in the Deep' and 'Set Fire to the Rain'. Thankfully 'Someone Like You' is utter tosh!

uberweiss, Sunday, 8 May 2011 10:42 (six years ago) Permalink

True they are better songs. Can't stand her voice though. I just can't understand why she is so popular. Her image seems to appeal to people this kind of 'realness'. The matey, realness in interviews is such a turn off.

mmmm, Sunday, 8 May 2011 11:01 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Thats a great read.

'what are you, the Hymen Protection League of America?' (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:34 (six years ago) Permalink

I would love it if no one ever used the term "sell-out" to earnestly describe a professional musician ever again.

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:35 (six years ago) Permalink

(to follow on from Maura's point)

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:36 (six years ago) Permalink

i'm not really under the impression her diyness or whatever is going to be pushed here, "discount" tickets were for $200 in ny

fauxmarc, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:54 (six years ago) Permalink

("discount" being through whatever service my benefits provider provides which isn't usually all that much)

fauxmarc, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:55 (six years ago) Permalink

Adele never makes any claims to being DIY or having low ticket prices so I don't know what you mean there.

Maura is overstating the Gaga comparison (though it nicely provides her piece with a relevant angle.) eg.

funny, given Lady Gaga's constant assertions that she, too, doesn't lipsync, and writes her own material.

Yet in the Independent piece lip-synching and songwriting are never mentioned and the only contrast made with Gaga is her extreme ubiquity.This interview was covered in the Mail who chose to present a similar set of quotes to elaborate about Adele's anxiety attacks and self-image problems. I suspect this is actually the most common narrative for Adele, rather than as the anti-Gaga/women in music interpretation.

Anyway, I don't really see what Maura is so butthurt at Adele about. It's not even clear if the original Q interview presents these quotes as Adele's "rules". I haven't read the Q interview but most likely these are just random quotes which have been summarized this way by the writer at the Indie. Maura buys the idea that there's some kind of self-righteous personal manifesto at work, which allows for the accusations of supposed hypocrisy ("is autotune OK if you only use it during the marketing of your music?...Is appearing on TV shows for a straight week and taping an episode of Unplugged OK because it's "about the music").

everything, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 17:58 (six years ago) Permalink

I think you're mistaking what Maura thinks about Adele directly with what she sees as the rhetoric around her -- which, in fact, dovetails completely with your own point!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:02 (six years ago) Permalink

I realize the article is obstensibly about the media but there's potshots at Adele herself which are groundless - at least based on the Indie article.

everything, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:06 (six years ago) Permalink

I wish people would give the "soulless Autotune" criticism a rest, too.

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Again, neither Adele nor the Indie article mention autotune at all.

everything, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:13 (six years ago) Permalink

no, but Maura did

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:14 (six years ago) Permalink

Right. The majority of the supposed signifiers of authenticity mentioned in the VV piece are not present in the Independent article. So what's the point?

everything, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Meaning you've never heard anyone complaining about Autotune's supposed inauthenticity at all in any context? Quite a happy life you have.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:23 (six years ago) Permalink

seems like a bit of a popist knee-jerk reaction to traditional rockism yet as a popist myself has to be said i'm not picking up what she seems to be from the Indie piece. the Q piece hasn't even come out yet! i mean unless she's read it already? doesn't seem so. so this is a Voice piece, about an Independent piece, about a Q piece that no-one's read yet?!

piscesx, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:27 (six years ago) Permalink

and then the title says that its rebutting other articles that havent even been written yet

just sayin, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:30 (six years ago) Permalink

xxpost to Ned. A happy life despite many autotune complaints. But the most common complaint I hear about autotune is not really it's lack of "authenticity" but rather that it is aesthetically displeasing and is an extremely over-used production trick.

everything, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:32 (six years ago) Permalink

has to be said the cover looks pretty good!

piscesx, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 13:12 (six years ago) Permalink

I think Maura's piece is a little premature - responding to arguments that haven't been made yet. Why shouldn't Adele adhere to certain principles if she likes?

We need to talk about Bevan (DL), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:06 (six years ago) Permalink

To be fair, I don't think the point is that Adele shouldn't do what she wants to do; I think Maura is identifying an easy, semi-nonsensical rhetorical stance (Adele vs Gaga) and pointing out why it's stupid before other writers get a chance to latch onto it.

Tom Skerritt Mustache Ride (DJP), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:09 (six years ago) Permalink

but thats a weird thing to do? surely you could find enough things to write about that you dont need to make up stances that other critics have

just sayin, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:13 (six years ago) Permalink

It's been an undercurrent to Adele's whole deal/appeal the whole time, though, this sense of a 'real' female singer inspired by 'real' music! Hell, for a lot of recent UK acts -- Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Duffy, etc. You can't handwave something that's been intrinsic.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:18 (six 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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