Friday, April 12, 2024

Watch Adele Sing Four New Songs That All Sound the Same, Have No Hooks or Choruses


I was an Adele fan the minute I heard “Chasing Pavements.” What an usual metaphor. How cleverly the record was produced.

The year that “Rolling in the Deep” came out, it was played on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival every night. It sounded like Janis Joplin had risen from the grave. We couldn’t get enough of it.

“Hello” at first sounded like a doorstop of a single. It still take a little work, but “Hello from other side” is a unique notion, and it’s a hook after all. I always thought “When We Were Young” was the standout song on “25.”

Now Adele performed new songs on last night’s CBS special with Oprah. They all sounded alike. They are long and laborious, preachy. They have no hooks or choruses. They’re diatribes. The arrangement are uninteresting. I’m struggling to stay awake during the clip below, 21 minutes of new material that will be on the “30” album this Thursday night.

If this is indicative of the material, “30” will become a cure for insomnia. There’d better be something livelier on there than this snooze fest.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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