‘Adele: Live in New York City,’ is a concert recorded at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast on NBC as an hour-long special and you can watch the full video here and see a review roundup. Social media lit up with excitement and so too did music critics as the multi-Grammy winning superstar returned to the stage after a four-year absence.
The long awaited concert was recorded in November at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and now, after weeks of hearing about it second-hand from those lucky attendees, now the rest of world has joined in with what has become a celebration of musical excellence. Social media erupted in massive praise as the hashtag #AdeleLiveInNYC trended for hours on Twitter.
With an introduction from none other than Jimmy Fallon, concertgoers — and now the world — were in for a unique and powerful night of performances from the woman who arguably is the greatest living pop music star on the planet. After all, there are the staggering sales for her new album ’25.’
And beyond that, there is the music itself. It’s not the often overmanufactured, overproduced, over-the-top tunes we’ve become so accustomed to call pop music. And Adele herself is the antithesis of all of that. How wonderful that an artist can appear on the stage in a floor-length gown and a bouffant hairstyle and not have to go through a dozen costume changes and reveal more and more skin as the night goes on.
No, there weren’t backup dancers and gyrating moves to upset parents’ groups, but Adele being Adele, we have all come to expect that she is always unexpected with her stage banter which is peppered with a hefty helping of F-bombs. Yes, it’s been four years and Adele is back. She began with her mega hit “Hello” and from there it was a mix of the new songs and the iconic hits — “Set Fire to the Rain” and “Someone Like You” notably — we’ve listened to over and over during these past few years that she’s been absent from the stage. had the audience crying and by the end of it, see herself was crying.
Now the music critics are weighing in, and, let’s say, they have become a cheering section just as has social media. Here’s a roundup.
“…..Her special, Adele: Live in New York City, which aired on Monday night on NBC and was taped at Radio City Music Hall in November, fully expressed her extraordinary power; not just in the way she effortlessly commands the stage, but in the intensity of the emotions she can pull out of people – and even herself. …..” The Guardian
“….She halted Someone Like You mid-intro to explain: “I don’t sing this from the same place anymore because of my man. He’s here tonight and this is the first show of mine he’s been to.” Throughout the show, she wept, cackled and treated the crowd like intimates. She may have been teetering under the weight of a massive bouffant and been resplendent in a sparkly brown floor-length gown but Adele is the antithesis of a diva…..” The Telegraph
“….The one-night-only concert marked the British singer’s welcome return to the stage after four years and earned her rave reviews from fans. […] The only complaint seemed to be that the one-hour show wasn’t long enough.
Adele kicked off the night with the blockbuster hit “Hello” from her new “25” album, and went on to warm up the crowd with “Someone Like You,” “All I Ask” and “When We Were Young” — with a few F-bombs and unexpected jokes along the way…….” The Wrap
“…. She ran through the old hits (sup, “Rolling in the Deep”), treated fans to new favorites (“When weeeeeee were youuuunnnnng”), and broke down in tears as she finished her first full concert in over four years. ….” — Entertainment Weekly
“….In a tribute to her talent and that of director Beth McCarthy-Miller, the taping went smoothly from the audience’s vantage point with no stops and starts. Nor did the star engage in costume changes or pyrotechnics beyond the visual imagery projected behind her on the stage.
Instead, Adele offered her own biographical annotation as she moved through her songbook. She introduced “Hometown Glory,” from her 2007 album “19,” as the first song she ever wrote. As the taping came just four days after the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks, she dedicated it to the victims. “Tonight, this is about everyone’s hometown,” she said..….” — Variety
Thankfully, one does not have to just read about the mesmerizing performance. NBC has released the replay in full, Watch Adele: Live in New York City video below!
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