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the biG InteRview - adeLe


Named recently as The Guardian's number one artist in their 'UK music industry’s 100 most influential people', Adele Laurie Blue Adkins has taken both sides of the Atlantic by storm with her 'heartbroken soul' and magical live performances. With a sell out 'Adele Live' tour captivating audiences in the US and Europe, we find out what lies behind the songs,the relationship


heartache that has inspired them and why she still lives with her mum. BY NORBERT PEK/HOTFEATURES


“Everyone says this album is a lot more blues and a bit more mature,” says Adele, about her second album 21.


It’s the successor of the 2.2 million selling ‘19’ which brought the London based singer world fame: even The United States embraces Adele.


She is eager to continue her conquest with ‘21’. Adele: “The biggest difference between ‘19’ and ‘21’ is definitely my taste in music. It’s more varied now. I’m more inspired by Americana music: country, blues and rockabilly.


“Not that I made a country-record, but the lyrics and the melody are more American than my first record. But there’s also soul, disco, folk and gospel on it.”


She continues summarizing differences: “I’m more aware of my voice now, I know it better. I’m more developed as a writer and as a player of the guitar and the piano. I don’t only have four chords any more. I’m a bit more adventurous now, and a bit more fearless.”


So far the differences. Now it’s time for the biggest similarity.


Adele: “Yes, I’ve got a running theme. This album is also about a break-up. After ‘19’ I was scared that I didn’t have anything normal to write about. That I ended up writing about hotels. Who the **** is going to like that? But then my relationship ended, even though it was the most brilliant relationship I’ve been in. I’m more aware of my own flaws and problems. That’s the core of this record. On the first one I said to my boyfriend: you are a ****. On this one I’m a bit a **** myself. I became more forgiving.”


Was it your choice to break up? ‘It was mutual. No one did anything bad or wrong. It just wasn’t fun any more. We fell out of love. We were both becoming miserable. We both wanted to get out before we regretted the entire year or two together.”


What did you do wrong? “I expected too much. I was needy. I was jealous even though I’m not a jealous person. We both said a lot of things in the heat of the moment.” [She points at a glass on the table] “It was like being in this glass together the whole time. It was so intense.”


Adele – K 24


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