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Hard News: Friday Music: Gobshite vs Adele

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    My library contains four remixes of ‘Someone Like You’ (at least two of which are really cheesy) but not the original.

    Wait, there are “originals?

    I'd edit out the plain vocal - but loving da wobble.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Double,

    I'm done in halfway through "Hello". I give you the incomparable Carly Rae Jepsen on the matter:

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Clint Fern,

    Well your write up got me to try and get Adele, I played the two tracks and they do nothing at all for me.

    Rolling sounds like a Moby knock off and the new one just is far too MOR to keep on with.

    Gallagher doesn't often talk sense but the mouthy manc was spot on with "I just don’t see what all the fuss is about."

    And these two collaborations with the Chem Brothers are far more interesting than Adele.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    I don't normally comment on the music post because, well officially my taste in music is crap. But what the hell.

    Several years ago we ditched our living room TV and got a big screen (hanging from hooks in the ceiling) and a projector. It means we don't have to go to the movie theatre and be around people.

    But a side effect is we now run our sound through our stereo, which is a very good setup ... even though my taste in music is crap.

    At some point we discovered concerts on Blu-Ray, they are great. And one of the best is Adele live at the Royal Albert Fucking Hall! It's not the best concert we have but it's close - we do sometimes feel guilty about how loud it gets though.

    Her voice is at its best and the transition to her speaking voice is hilarious, she smiles, she kicks off her heels, she waves to people in the audience and she so very much communicates her sheer joy at being there. And the audience love her. You simply can't watch that concert without feeling that joy.

    And despite the fact my taste is crap I really like it anyway so there!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Her voice is at its best and the transition to her speaking voice is hilarious, she smiles, she kicks off her heels, she waves to people in the audience and she so very much communicates her sheer joy at being there. And the audience love her. You simply can’t watch that concert without feeling that joy.

    The recent 'Adele at the BBC' show was good too. I like the way she doesn't worry about rough edges in her vocal performance. She's real.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Clint Fern,

    Rolling sounds like a Moby knock off

    Well, apart from the fact that it’s a song she wrote and sings herself, rather than an old folk record someone burgled some samples off.

    Perhaps you’d prefer the Jamie Xx take?

    Or the fully bashment style refix of that one?

    This is what I think is interesting about her – those songs play into areas a long way from the mainstream audience for her original albums.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Clint Fern,

    And these two collaborations with the Chem Brothers are far more interesting than Adele.

    Yeah, they're quite good. But they do both sound like mashups of an Oasis song with 'Tomorrow Never Knows' :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Nick Russell,

    Sorry y'all, Im with Noel. The way Adele responded to expectation was by doing a simple copy and paste as far as I can see. She's great, her voice is great, but we've heard it all before.

    A bit like Oasis really, when you think of it - except she's plagiarising herself rather than the Beatles...

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 122 posts Report Reply

  • Nick Russell, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The Chemical Brothers already did that but they called it Let Forever Be instead. Probably for copyright reasons.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 122 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The recent 'Adele at the BBC' show was good too. I like the way she doesn't worry about rough edges in her vocal performance. She's real.

    As I think I said to you on Twitter at the time, 'Hello' isn't my musical cup of tea but I can see what she's trying to do and she does it well. And sorry, Noel, but at least when Adele has an album or tour to promote she doesn't go straight to the "go trolling for some pathetic but attention-getting celebrity feud" play. "Not because I have any sort of agenda," my arse.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Clint Fern, in reply to Russell Brown,

    They're so much better but the good bits are the Jamie xx ones, so I'd rather listen to his other stuff which to my ears is much better. What Adele herself is responsible for doesn't appeal.

    "But they do both sound like mashups of an Oasis song with 'Tomorrow Never Knows' :-)"

    I think you may mean a mashup of a Chems song with Tomorrow Never Knows, - either way better to rip off that song than a Moby one!

    I'll stick with your other recommends and leave Adele to the masses who adore her.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    At times I seem to be the only person who always thought Oasis were crap, and I wouldn't piss on Noel Gallagher to put out a fire. That said, I'm not rushing out to buy Adele either.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Graham Dunster,

    The best Chemical Brothers song is actually Speed Caravan's version of Galvanise.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 184 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz,

    This is a much better version of Hello.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • andrew r,

    Never take anything remotely seriously said by NG. He's good for a couple a lols sometimes. His musics done by done. That said Adele's a bawbag - I'm more of a umo flat Eric kinda guy.

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    DnB Adele! Much better. I wish that more breakbeat and related genres had strong female vocal like hers than those wispy girl-like voices they often seem to go for. Love those other two mixes as well.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Adele's not my cup of tea, but her 'Jenny' impersonator stunt was amusing.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5418 posts Report Reply

  • william blake,

    Adele managed to score the contract for Skyfall but the whiney Mancunian only managed to rip off the James Bond score in some dire homage.

    As a non sequitur; to avoid either clip of Adele or Oasis latest bug from Beruit and their scant take on Brian Wilsons’ Smile.

    Since Mar 2010 • 378 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to william blake,

    (remove the mobile site prefix to make sure the clip auto-embeds here)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to andrew r,

    Adele's a bawbag - I'm more of a umo flat Eric kinda guy

    #teeworthy

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Tamara,

    Spot on re Adele's remixability. Her originals leave me cold but work really well in other genres. Similar to Lana Del Rey actually. Yeah and I'm over songs about that guy.

    New Zealand • Since Oct 2010 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Adele's not my cuppa either, but she's nowhere near as tedious, dull and over-rated as Oasis.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

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