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For One Song Only: Adele’s “All Night Parking (with Erroll Garner) Interlude” Is As Great As Amy Winehouse

For those who know and remember, Adele is Amy Winehouses’s kid sister, Adele didn’t have Amy’s fearlessness, her provocativeness, her Eastender bonafides, or her songs. Or her charisma, Amy oozed cool charisma and smooth and jazz style soulfulness with more than a hint of Billie Holliday. Adele, on the other hand…. without meaning to body shame him, was like the chubby girl crying as a crush crushes her. But Adele also had a great voice and followed in Amy’s shadow.

As for songs, while Amy Winehouse only had two albums released before her death one of them was the flat out masterpiece from one end to the other, 2006 Back To Black, in my minority opinion Adele has never come close over an entire album. Over a song Adele has a handful of goodies: “Someone Like You,” “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” and “Hello”, maybe a couple of other’s we’ve forgotten.

That was it till last month where on the pleasantly whatever 30 lurks a fourth masterpiece, “All Night Parking”. Using a backing track from the Pittsburgh jazz pianist Erroll Garner track as originally sampled on Joey Pecoraro’s “Finding Parking” below:

And here is Erroll’s original

The two minute song is indeed an interlude and deserves to use the sample. “All Night Parking” turns its back on the overshare and overbearing 30‘s dear diary embarrassments, has Adele recorded a worse than then the humiliating borderline child abuse of “My Little Love” – a gift that will take years of therapy will take for her son to recover from? I bet every time he hears his voice on it he considers a lawsuit. But “All Night Parking” is about a new love, and it is so lovely and quietly intense and yet late night, sleepy, romance music . Some enterprising person on youtube put it on a loop (see the top of this post) for an hour and it just goes and goes and goes until you enter its state of hushed gorgeousness. A dreamy, sleepy, new love, song that almost live up to the entire album’s hype.

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