January 19, 2008
I've got Adele's back
Adele releases her new single Chasing Pavements this week. She calls this song her "Celine Dion moment" because it's a belter. Here's the thing that's on my tit: The PopJustice Forums have decided she is the devil and (other newcomer) Duffy is a superstar. Literally.
A few quotes on Adele from PJ, all from different people:
"Crap song, fat head, ok voice!! - she aint even interesting to look at."
"I haven't even heard anything from her and I hate her already."
"No charisma, writing ability, vocal ability or even looks."
"She's just a big, boring lump of nothing isn't she?"
Now, about Duffy, who just released an uptempo new song, the dancey and slightly shrill Mercy:
"I really loved Rockferry, but this too is amazing."
"I love her, she'll be massive this year... as far as I'm concerned this is going to be one we remember this year as a 'Great Pop Record'."
...and one comment about how Duffy is more real than Lucky Soul. That has no grounding in reality, but it's an opinion, so there you go.
Part of this comes down to song tempos. Seriously, kids often don't like slow songs. But proclaiming Adele a talentless failure and a "heffer" (sic - it's heifer, dumbshit!), while talking about Duffy having a long career is apparently de rigeur. Why? Obstensibly because the Music Industry is shoving Adele down our throats - she's too "hyped." Right. As opposed to Duffy, who also made every Tops for 08 list and whose album has been in development for three long years? Equal hype. Duffy is also a cute, tiny blond and the love child of Baby Spice and Dolly Parton. Adele is plumptious and says she likes to drink and fuck.
See the language of the messageboard criticism on Adele and it almost always brings her weight up, however subtly or not. Of her body, she told The Sun this: "I’ve read some horrible things about me, but my size has never been an issue for me. If I wanted to lose weight, I’d lose weight, it’s not that difficult. I don’t feel any pressure at all. I’m happy with the way I am." I don't know how anyone else feels, but I think slamming someone for their weight is bad karma that will add on the pounds in later years [which makes me wonder about my stomach, but that's another tale].
There's also the constant refrain that people want a Strong Personality in a female pop star and when they get one, they often scream, "What a cunt!" In Adele's case, they sort of lump her in with Lily Allen, who's the icon of baited quotes. Adele is 19 and very open, though I've yet to read anything where she talks shit about others. I love that she's honest in The Sun piece about loving Destiny's Child, The Spice Girls and East 17.
I won't delve too deeply into the fact that Britain cannot seem to produce a black female soul star. The recent successes have all been white girls who sound like they were raised in Baptist choirs. You tell me what the deal is there. The black singers exist: Jonte Short from Fried could have been a huge star.
Adele's 12-song album 19 is out on January 28 and I've heard four solid tracks from it thus far. If you don't like her, well, you don't like her. Fair! The point is, perhaps, that I like some thoughtful basis for sweeping criticism of an artist whose album has not even been heard. The Cycle of Build Up/Tear Down has reached an absurd speed this month.
pic from The Sun