A Rare Adele Misstep
Let's get this out of the way, Adele is one of the most divine human beings I've ever met. Her songwriting is second-to-none and every single one of her performances drips with a raw power that only comes about once or twice in a lifetime. In short, she's flawless.
But the promotional tour she embarked on in support of 21 (which better sweep 2012's Grammys), left her voice bruised, battered and in need of serious surgery (which went down last month). A development devotees saw coming as minor flaws began to eek their way into her performances as early as July. I have no doubt Adele will make a complete recovery and reclaim her spot as music's vocal virtuoso in no time.
Unfortunately, her new CD/DVD set -- Adele: Live at The Royal Albert Hall -- was recorded on September 22 ... at the peak of her problems. Don't get it twisted, even with a mangled throat, Adele still sings better than half your iPod, but the cracks come through and it's jarring to hear her struggle on some of the higher notes. That is, when she even attempts to reach them. More often than not, less difficult keys are woven into every song.
Check out the opening number above (Hometown Glory!) and decide for yourself if Live at The Royal Albert Hall is worth buying.