I actively disliked Adele’s music for years, called her most overrated back in 2011, consider her a cut and paste relation to Amy Winehouse with a decidedly creepy disposition but that was 2011 and since then, she has completely disappeared. Hell, she wouldn’t even appear on that Band Aid reunion. For now five years and counting, Adele has refused to release any new music, abdicating her position as Queen Of UK Pop with one fell swoop.
Apparently, Adele damaged her voice in 2013 and rested it and then she got married and had a son and had enough. The album was due 2013 (23 to meet her age if the first two album titles are anything to go by, and now the word is if not when it will be released.
Also, Adele has gone on the record of never playing an Arena: “The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me… I’d rather do 12 years at the Barfly than one night at the O2.” Man, she has a lot of issues for a popstar, do the words shut up and sing mean anything.
Meanwhile, her son Angelo is older and as we write there is a Las Vegas bidding war between the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Venetian and Caesars Palace, and is in line to ink a $40 million deal.Look, if Adele was willing to do an Arena tour the chances are excellent you could gross in the $150M level. But if she isn’t willing to play Arenas, where is the money?
Adele is a mainstream pop star and much much loved, plus she hasn’t played live very much, most people haven’t seen her (I haven’t) on stage so you gotta think anticipation would be sky high, sell outs de rigeur.
As for the music, she really does have a great range. In technical terms a “Dark Mezzo-Soprano (2 octaves, 1 note and a semi-tone)’ (read more here); the woman is a powerhouse, she just blasts you out without losing her tenderness. But she is MOR, her material a drag,
On stage, she has played New York twice, two nights at Joe’s Pub in 2008 and a Beacon Theatre gig in 2011, so really, not a known entity.
For the record:
19 – C+
21 – C
a nightmare that becomes a dream
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Bey with a double header