Adele Review, BST Hyde Park: Singer’s vocal ability and charm remain unmatched in first public appearance in five years

“It’s so weird standing in front of a crowd,” Adele babbles in the middle of one of the many superficial banter segments. For her first public show in five years, in front of what a crowd. 65,000 of the 1.3 million people who have applied for tickets – the largest ticket demand since Oasis at Knebworth in 1996 – crowded the barriers to the increasingly exclusive VIP zones, with Tom Cruise reportedly at the ultra-mega cost -one-kidney-platinum was spotted -plus enclave. There’s hardly a glass of Lambrusco or a box of Kleenex on this side of Watford.

Soaring in a black dress over the world’s largest 1970s variety set – all shimmering curtains and cascading daiss of background musicians – Adele is almost immediately overwhelmed by the occasion. The audience, meanwhile, is overwhelmed with relief themselves. As the best-selling artist of the century, Adele has also shown signs of the vertigo that many at the top suffer. In January, she canceled a Vegas residency just 24 hours before the first show, citing pandemic-related “staging issues.” “I take my singing damn seriously,” she will explain later. At the moment, Hyde Park is just happy to have her around.

There is a shared will for Adele to pull through spectacularly tonight. She is, after all, the ultimate relatable and rising icon of every woman whose Pygmalion Rising from her Tottenham roots to the heights of pop aristocracy, she’s built on beautifully exposing the struggles of her there babes along the way – with heartbreak, obsession, divorce, self-image and wine – and ultimately breaking through. Dedicating an uplifting orchestral “Hold On” to the friend in the crowd who introduced her to her new boyfriend, Rich Paul, with whom she is “madly in love” is key; There is always light at the end of Adele’s dark and deep emotional tunnels.

Adele on stage in Hyde Park

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It’s a journey that unfolds over two hours of lung-pounding soul, R&B, country funk and surging piano ballad, sometimes cloaked in over-the-top imagery – like “Set Fire to the Rain,” which evokes a maximalist Dusty Springfield and features fireballs That leaves Adele asking, “Are my eyebrows still there?” – but often deeply empathetic and heartfelt. Tear-jerking after the smooth gospel “I Drink Wine” and the lost “I’ll Be Waiting,” she admits, “I don’t have a lot of uptempo bangers,” she then plays them all at once, “to get it out of our system.” sultry pop groover “Rumour Has It,” the songy R&B of “Water Under the Bridge.” It goes from there, via the tropical bop of “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” and a bombastic track of Bond to to lovesick, piano-led emoting.

It could be a grumpy and exhausting experience if Adele didn’t have some fantastic, mood-boosting banter between songs. In a second, she goes from the empress of dark feelings to a chattering hen-do sidekick on a train. Ignoring the momentum of the show, she sips tea and works the crowd like a red-coat pro – part pub cabaret artist, part Pam Shipman. Front row, Adele chats about anniversaries and Hawaiian holidays, offers birthday drinks and lifts her dress to show off her ‘toddler socks’. We learn about her sciatica and herniated disc among so many things that she plans to exhaust herself stranger thingsShe recently saw Billie Eilish and, contrary to tabloid reports, didn’t fall down while partying after her Graham Norton performance in February. At one point, she fires T-shirt guns at the crowd — “on the ead, oi, oi!” — before offering any serious self-help advice. That accounts for a large part of their appeal; She’s the friend at the pub who happens to be phenomenally famous.

Full Disclosure: The reviewers for this gig were pre-approved by Adele’s team, giving every five-star rave the authenticity of a North Korean newscast. But it’s impossible to deny the power of her sky-high voice, especially when she takes her to the bottom of the ego ramp next to a grand piano for a stripped-down ballad segment (“like we’re in a hotel bar, innit the delicious Dylan cover”) Make You Feel My Love” and the devastatingly relatable anthem of stoic stalking “Someone Like You”. When the confetti cannons go off and fill the park with fluttering paper hearts during a rousing “Rolling In The Deep” and a Disney-esque “Love is a Game,” it keeps physical love in the air all night. You got that babes.

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