Review of ITV’s An Audience with Adele: One of this generation’s greatest entertainers shines once more

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ITV’s An Audience with Adele: One of this generation’s greatest entertainers shines once more

‘Adele has always been a natural show-stopper, even when she wasn’t singing.’

Adele’s fourth album, 30, is excoriating even for an artist who has spent over a decade transposing wrenching emotion into timeless hit songs: a chronicle of her divorce and, perhaps more painfully, her conflicted feelings about its impact on her son.

It’s full of confusion and self-loathing, with voice notes of her own despondent heaving sobs, and her son even appears on “My Little Love” as she explains their separation to him.

It’s an impeccably crafted journey through her grief: she was so insistent that it be heard from beginning to end that she demanded that Spotify change its policy of automatically shuffleing album songs.

So it seemed odd to play ITV’s “An Audience With” for its first British appearance, given that recent editions have included a posthumous tribute to Les Dawson in 2013, Barry Manilow in 2011, Michael Bublé in 2010, and Donnie and Marie Osmond the year before.

To put it another way, it isn’t cutting edge.

Nonetheless, it is revered and prestigious, and its comedic history is appropriate given Adele’s comfort in front of a crowd.

She opened with her first single “My Hometown,” which was poignant not only to hear back at home – she now lives in Los Angeles – but also to hear the raw wisdom of a teenager she was when she wrote it. She was dressed in a black, bejeweled gown and had the ringlets of a Hollywood star.

She sang with electrifying sincerity here, enunciating each word and reveling each consonant of “the air is thick and opaque.”

It was an instantaneous reminder of how powerfully she can command a room, away from the chitchat and gossip.

Even if the “Britishness” (she slurped from a cup of tea on stage) was a little overdone, it was a lovely start.

Every song was near-perfect, from “Hello”‘s moody prowl to “Send My Love to Your New Lover’s” throbbing “only chance to dance.”

She warned that the new record was “sad and miserable,” and that those songs were where she was vulnerable: “one more time, I’m shitting myself,” she had to restart 30’s lead single “Easy On Me.”

UK news summary from Infosurhoy.

ITV’s An Audience with Adele: One of this generation’s greatest entertainers shines once more

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An Audience with Adele, ITV, review: One of this generation’s greatest entertainers shines again

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