While Grammy-winning singer Adele has performed for thousands of her adoring fans around the world, the ethereal pop songstress delivered a self-referential, self-penned affair for which she also served as director.
“30,” an acoustic set with only her band and two backup singers, came in at a whopping 2 hours and 30 minutes, according to the BBC, but it was an experience for many of the 700 or so people in attendance.
Billboard couldn’t help but compare Adele to, well, a musical Adele. “Achingly smooth at times, like her singing, another classic performance from a performer who’s come to embody the phrase ‘once in a generation’,” wrote Jackson Nolan. “A truly incredible set,” wrote Steve Baltin. “25’s recording sound here, and with all but six of the songs recorded live, they were lush, solemn, rich and certain to put you in headlong emotional states that weren’t always immediately accessible,” Jordan Schultz wrote for Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene even joked: “She’s got a sense of humor about herself.”
Adele then retreated into the crowd to cuddle with her dog for “Til It Happens to You,” according to The New York Times, and skipped around for a bit to give fans a peek at the live staging for her next studio album “A Discovery.”
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