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posted Friday, August 19, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 33
Soulful Adele dazzles at Paramount
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Soulful Adele dazzles at Paramount

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Adele
August 12
Paramount Theatre


Adele has officially arrived. The English singer-songwriter has taken the charts by storm and had us all 'rolling in the deep' with the release of her sophomore album, 21, earlier this year.

Once simply referred to as 'that artist who sounds like&' Adele has stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight, claiming her rightful place as a force to be reckoned with and a voice that penetrates even the coldest of hearts. She is, without a doubt, soul music's 'IT girl,' and we Gay boys just can't get enough.

Adele had been scheduled to perform on June 1 at the Paramount Theatre. A concert promoter's dream, Adele sold the show out in mere minutes. However, fate and laryngitis said it wasn't time for the lady of the hour to perform, and just one day before the scheduled show, Adele was forced to postpone.

Finally, on August 12, Adele returned to Seattle to perform live for an adoring audience, and proved the theory that good things really do come to those who wait. She was magnificent.

Adele's show was the hottest ticket in town. Hopeful fans showed up without a ticket and stood on street corners asking passersby if they had an extra ticket they would sell. And despite the Paramount's marquee reading 'ADELE: SOLD OUT,' a blocks-long line of fans queued up, hoping against hope that the Paramount box office could sell them a coveted ticket. No dice. This was to be a standing-room-only show.

At 9:15 p.m., Adele took the stage and held it for the next hour and a half. Her voice never let up, and each song seemed better than the last. She knew what we all came there to hear, and so, like water to thirsty lips, she quenched her fans' yearning for every note. There was a little of the old - from 2008's 19 album - and a lot of the new, from 21.

Dressed in a simple yet elegant vintage black dress - which she told the audience she'd bought from a second-hand store in California for $10 - Adele looked as though she was as comfortable onstage as a dreamer in a hammock.

The show took on a VH1 Storytellers feel as, between each song, the singer told us the meaning behind the song and why it was penned. Some of the stories, such as 'Rumor Has It' and 'My Same,' were funny, while others, like 'Take It All' and 'One and Only,' were full of heartbreak. The show was intimate - which, in all honesty, is the only way to see her - just a woman and her voice. Nothing more, nothing less.

Adele's studio-quality vocals proved to be on point all through the night. Highlights from the evening would include her cover of the Cure's 1980s classic 'Love Song,' 'Chasing Pavement' (the song that introduced Adele to the world), and the beautiful ballads 'Turning Tables' and 'Set Fire to the Rain.'

Attending an Adele concert is like going to mass at the Church of Soul. Adele, the prophet of bluesy truth, presides. I looked around during her anthem 'Someone Like You' - the song that she credits for 'changing my life forever' - and saw people crying, others swaying from side to side with their eyes closed and hands in the air. Now was the time to testify, it would seem. And she gave us all that chance, that outlet, that sweet confession as she turned the mic towards the audience and said, 'Now, you sing.' And we did. In sweet harmony, the army of Adele sang out, 'Never mind, I'll find, someone like you&.'

Although the show ended predictably with 'Rolling in the Deep,' her first number-one U.S. single and worldwide mega-hit, no one seemed to mind. She'd given us all she had and Seattle and the Paramount would never be the same again. She is not Amy Winehouse, she is no Duffy - she is Adele and, I presume, we've only just begun to see just how high this rising star will fly.

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