Adele’s ascent to superstardom was defined by live performances of Someone Like You on Later …, at the VMAs and, perhaps most famously, at the Brits. At the time, “Hello” was her first single in three years, and we were practically begging for more. One of a handful of moments on 19 that pointed in the direction of what happened next, Chasing Pavements was an extremely sophisticated pop song for a teenager to have come up with, its glorious chorus suggesting its author was a cut above the legions of post-Winehouse vocalists. A relic from the era when Adele performed as an acoustic-guitar-toting singer-songwriter, Crazy for You is a decent, if inessential, example of a particular strain of post-Back to Black British pop, replete with hints of blues, country and early 60s R&B. The duo snuck up on audience members who had been told they were just posing for a photo with her Best Original Song Oscar. Available for everyone, funded by readers. Her last one was 2015's 25, and so far there hasn't been any hints of what she's working on (although we would be partial to a rap album). Adele credited the producer Paul Epworth with Rolling in the Deep’s success, claiming he “brought my voice out … there are notes that I hit in that song that I never even knew I could hit”. "I don't make music for eyes, I make music for ears.". Set to nothing more than piano and a scattered application of backing vocals, it has an insistent hook and a swing that distinguishes it from 25’s more leaden moments. Adele’s ascent to superstardom was defined by live performances of Someone Like You on Later …, at the VMAs and, perhaps most famously, at the Brits. Sixties-influenced soul from 19. You are our light!”8. 19’s acoustic opening track, its delicate fingerpicking against London-accented vocals, offers a reminder of why. Adele took the stage at the iconic talk show in 2011, blowing everyone (including the host) away with her unbelievable talent. 22 Best Ever Grammy Awards Performances of … . If you're embarking on the keto diet, here are the must-have items to add to your cart. That, my friends, is dedication. Adele’s third consecutive US No 1 and – in a live recording – the winner of a Grammy, Set Fire to the Rain deserved its garlands. Her latterday image as all-conquering queen of the blockbusting weepy ballad obscures how good Adele is at tougher, pacier songs. The vocal, as ever, is great. The tone of 21 is largely accusatory or passive-aggressive – that’s what makes it so believable as a breakup album – but Don’t You Remember? “This is neverending, we have been here before,” sings Adele. It’s more straightforward than anything on Jesso’s own album – no hint of Harry Nilsson-ish vaudeville here – but the combination worked, Adele’s performance heightening the moving lyrics. It didn’t necessarily fit in with the mood of the album, but including it might have made it feel more varied. A curio from 19, First Love sets Adele’s voice against music box-like keyboards, the nostalgic sweetness of the setting at odds with a lyric in which she flatly tells the titular first love to sling his hook: “I’m bored to say the least and I lack desire.”. Which brings us to Rumour Has It. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR. is suffused with regret, raking over personal failings to a smooth, country-rock-ish backing. 17/9, Hello . It was f—— brilliant, our time together,” she said. Whether she's making us laugh, cry or do a bit of both, the singer always seems to have a near-magical ability to tap into her fans' deepest emotions. Scroll down, and keep a box of tissues close. At least, that’s how the vocal powerhouse makes us feel whenever she takes to a stage, recording studio or even a social media account. Please select the topics you're interested in: Would you like to turn on POPSUGAR desktop notifications to get breaking news ASAP? So it is with Painting Pictures, which shifts from reverb-heavy solo guitar to surprisingly White Stripes-ish garage rock. By the end of the emotional song, Adele (and pretty much everyone in the audience) was in tears. “It was so monumental and so well thought-out and so beautiful and soul-baring. Once again teaming up with the BBC’s Graham Norton, Adele shocked fans for her 2016 concert special Adele: Live in London. Still, it’s a decent song and the tempo change is neatly done. The stark emotional nadir of 21, Take It All’s lyrics frequently appear to have been plucked verbatim from a dreadful final argument in a collapsed relationship: “Go on, go on and take it / Take it all with you.” There’s nothing to it except piano – by the jazz musician Neil Cowley – Adele’s voice and some backing vocals, but that’s all it needs. A gently wistful two-chord acoustic ballad, it’s notable only as point of comparison: Adele’s voice sounds noticeably mannered next to her later work. Employed as producer in the wake of Winehouse’s success, Mark Ronson laudably doesn’t reanimate Back to Black’s retro soul sound on Cold Shoulder, leaning more to his hip-hop roots – breakbeat, atmospheric orchestration – and throwing in a weirdly psychedelic breakdown on this 19 highlight. As seen on Kerry Washington, 2020's bob has textured, softer edges, and looks amazing whether you part it down the middle or off to the side. https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/adele-best-performances-46861372 This silky, haunting song was the perfect combination for the gloomy Bond movie of the same name, and Adele's performance at the Glastonbury Festival shows how unforgettable the theme has become.