X Factor? My Arse! Or How To Do It Properly! – AdeleFebruary 22, 2012
Adele, London born and bred, is currently riding on a massive wave. She received 6 Grammys a couple of weeks ago and on Tuesday she got two Brit awards for best female and for best album.
I wasn’t too sure about her at first. When she burst on the scene with the single Chasing Pavements from her debut album 19 in 2008, I thought she was OK, but nothing to get too excited about. I started to soften when I heard this song two years later:
This track from her second album 21 is as sound as a pound. It has a good old thumping blues/gospel sound and her voice is much stronger here. Now I know it’s derivative, but it still catches the heart and she does it well. This song has already been covered by a number of artists, including this decent effort by Linkin Park.
And here’s a cracking version by John Legend.
The recent operation she had on her throat hasn’t diminished her power. If anything, it seems to have come back stronger than ever. Hearing her sing a snippet of Rolling In The Deep, on a section of 60 minutes with Anderson Cooper, told me she was not a karaoke car crash: she’s the real deal for these times. She also has a big personality, saying what she likes, when she likes: a welcome change in this sanitised pop world. The PR people at her record company, also known as the personality stripping team, must be quaking in fear of her saying the one thing that could turn her from a cash cow to just a cow. Surely it’s only a matter of time before they cut her at the knees. But for now, she’s free to give a middle finger salute to ‘the suits’ at The Brits for cutting short her acceptance speech, gaining approval from the Twitterverse in the process. You gots to love a girl who doesn’t give a shit.
Now, she’s no Whitney, but she is Adele and in a choppy sea of also-rans, she’s sailing through, showing them How To Do It Properly.
X Factor? My Arse!