How Adele Owned 2015 in Just Two Months

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adele officially announces US tour dates.

It’s safe to say that more people saw that likely frustrating message than were able to procure tickets, as the pair of shows sold out in less than an hour.Let’s say you’re a beautiful 27-year-old gazillionaire with garages full of awards and untold numbers of fans: Would “woe is me” really be all you had to say?

Whether more shows will be added has yet to be determined, although Adele does have apparent room in her schedule between the Boston shows and the next dates at Madison Square Garden, which also appear to have sold out lickety split. She’s also breaking records on other platforms, as her “Adele Live in New York City” special on NBC earlier this week drew a record-breaking 11.2 million viewers, making it the highest rated concert special in 10 years.

It might not fit her brand to sing about bathing in Courvoisier, about the diamond-studded cape she bought her poodle or about how many full-time baristas and flower arrangers she keeps on staff. But all of that would make for a more interesting album than “25,” which goes way past “emotional,” takes a wrong turn at “soulful” and gets stuck in “clinically mopey.” Can you really be this miserable when you’re the superstar singer of your generation? From “Hello,” a lament from a passive-aggressive ghost (“I ain’t done much healing . . . it’s so typical of me to talk about myself, I’m sorry”), the album sets a tone of leaden, somber despair that makes the average child’s funeral look delightful by comparison.

For someone saluted as the epitome of a brassy diva, Adele comes across in her lyrics as someone who can barely lift her head from the fainting sofa to mumble that she’d like another cup of weak tea, if it’s not too much trouble — but if it is, never mind. “This was all you/None of it me,” she sings in “Send My Love.” As for “send my love to your new lover”? In 2011 Adele was forced to cancel dates during her ‘Adele Live’ North American tour as she suffered from laryngitis, a chest infection and a vocal cord haemorrhage. Life was a party to be thrown/But that was a million years ago.” Because if there’s anyone who doesn’t get invited to lots of fun parties, it’s a glamorous young pop vocalist.

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