Adele album review

Sharp, gracious, warm, funny and possessed of a lustrous, full-bodied voice

Live at the Royal Albert Hall XL
4/5
Sharp, gracious, warm, funny and possessed of a lustrous, full-bodied voice that could not just charm the birds from the trees, but pull an entire forest, Adele is the UK’s soul-pop queen, no contest. With the success of her throat surgery – needed to fix respiratory troubles that have worryingly dogged her for months – recently announced, this live CD (part of a DVD set) is well timed and welcome. There’s usually no reason to buy a live LP if you have the songs’ original studio versions, but this record of her show in September 2011 adds something crucial. That is, Adele’s reminiscences, gags and confessions – and the ebullient, unaffected self that floods her live performance. All hail Adele – she’s a star.

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