Adele and other Brits

I was out of commission on Thursday (Cold-2.5, Me-O) so my friend and I only had a chance to talk about the concert Friday.

She forwarded a link to me of her first Adele moment.

I sent her a link to mine.

I was floored the first time I heard this. I probably played it about 15 times in a row.

It’s a beautiful song but that voice….

Where does her voice come from??? She has been compared to Duffy but am I alone in thinking that she has a tendency to sound like a cat being strangled? Duffy does this thing where she forces it out from the back of her cheeks that makes me a little nuts. I have to be in the mood or I am prone to gouging out my eyes. Their music style may be similar but there is really no comparison.

With Adele there is a richness, a fullness. After the opening band, my friend was saying how uncomfortable the seats were in the upper balcony. (She is pretty wee while I have more than enough padding to compensate for the wooden seats.) When Adele finished, she confessed that she completely forgot about how uncomfortable the seats were.She even scatted (as a general rule, I hate scatting) and I didn’t mind. We agreed that the rawness that comes out in her performance surpasses the studio recording- which is rare.

How often have you gone to a concert only to be disappointed by the realization that it was just smoke and mirrors. I don’t go expecting them to sound exactly like the CD (if I wanted that, I would just stay home and listen to the CD) but some musicians (term used loosely) are so over produced, you wonder how they got signed in the first place.

Okay, I am not naive. Some people get lucky and some (too many) are products of genius marketing aimed tweens. The music business is very different these days. There are so many amazing musicians that never get noticed. It is almost a little shocking that Adele has reached the heights that she so deserves because she doesn’t fit into the mould of your typical chanteuse. Some of the comments on YouTube, as and example, are so narrow minded- but people are stupid, what can you say?

I love their music but the worst performance ever was The Stone Roses. They take phoning it in to new heights. I know someone who loves Ian Brown but I am not sure if I could give him another chance. My concert dollars are precious these days. We were practically giddy with excitement but they came on and were so disinterested. That the mood was contagious and made the whole experience a complete waste of time. 

A few years ago, I went to the Virgin Music Festival in Toronto and one of the people I really wanted to see was Amy Winehouse. Unfortunately, something happened and she was a no-show. We knew going in that this was a possibility. So talented and so screwed up. The big revelation for me at that festival was M.I.A.- great beat, high energy and very cool. I would love to see her again at a smaller venue.

Adele won’t be back in town until she promotes her next CD. I don’t know when that will be but I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground.


~ by angryegg on May 2, 2009.

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