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Live Review: Adele
O2 ABC, Glasgow, April 15th
The thing is, it’s not entirely undeserved. Certainly, the evolutionary distance between her and your standard set of X Factor lungs-on-legs is vast, as evidenced tonight by the likes of ‘Hometown Glory’ and her cover of Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’. Right down to her stage set-up of elegantly suspended lampshades, everything feels tasteful and restrained.
She’s still a mouthy north London girl at heart – she introduces ‘Someone Like You’ as “My first eva UK numbah one” and winks to the crowd that, “I’ll be out on the tiles somewhere tonight” – but musically, she’s about as mature as pop gets these days. Sure, things can get overly slushy, and not every tune matches up to ‘Rolling In The Deep’ or ‘Chasing Pavements’. But even though it sort of pains us to go along with the snowballing critical consensus, it’s hard to deny that tonight is mostly great.
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