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Wish I could hear whatever it is about her voice that huge swathes of people rave about. Just '21' alone has gone 16x platinum, let alone sales of '19' and the singles. But why do I just not hear what all those people hear?
Ok she's not so much of a wailer and warbler from the Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston school of singing (singers like that irritate me even more), but I just don't see how her voice is so 'made-in-heaven' like her many disciples say it is.
Give me someone like Karen Carpenter, Diana Ross, Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitzgerald....
From recent years I'd much rather hear Rumer, Caro Emerald, Nora Jones....
Obviously I am in a minority.
I felt exactly the same until I watched the Adele 21 live at the abbot hall performance on Bluray. Her live performance was far more soulful than the 21 cd.I'm converted now and love her music.
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Hardly surprising given one section of the strings is actually playing the Bond theme, I was listening to it again this morning.
No signature worth mentioning...
Yes and to cement the point a bit of chatter about it on the later live Jools Holland rendition
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Well found an unofficial trailer for each version
Which sits best ?
Hmm, I would say the Adele track sits better than the Muse one. I don't think the Muse track is powerful enough, something like Citizen Erased maybe? 3:30 onwards, Citezen Erased has the stones but isn't Bond enough...
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Eh? Did you have the sound switched on?
I expect more from Muse, the hook is weak. I don't much like the Adele track, but at least the crescendo fits the ad.
The teaser trailer is much better than both of the above.
I'm struggling to work out how much "more" Muse can stick in a song without exploding, I mean the current album's even got a Cylon on it...
I haven't heard it in full or in anything like reasonable quality but it just doesn't seem to fit the brief, the orchestration is poor, the tune forgettable. And of course the tune isn't written to go with the trailer but with the opening credit sequence, so if the crescendo does fit the ad it's just luck or judicious editing by whoever put it together. Either way, I thought the Muse version made the trailer look much more exciting, the Adele track really brings it down, particularly at the start.
You'd kind of hope so, given they were put together by someone in their bedroom (probably).
All fair points. Have no interest in arguing in favour of Adele.
You have inadvertently nicely summed up my problem with Muse though. I'm a huge fan of the earlier stuff, but feel they have become a characture of them selves. They cram so much in, I don't know if its masking the hooks or the hooks just arn't there anymore, but this track just doesn't grab me. Maybe my nostalgia for the Origins of Symetry tour is clouding my judgement.
Obviously this is all subjective blah blah.
I don't really know Muse's back catalog, The Resistance was the first album of theirs I heard, so I've got no preconceptions, I like the fact that it's often completely over the top, I guess it's a bit like the difference between pre and post synth Queen.
Muse have lost the plot. I haven't even bothered buying the latest drivel. Shame, but at least they're trying to bravely break out of a mould......
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Are you issuing a critique of hypercapitalism by way of biblical analogy? Seems awfully Marxist of you, Andrew (if you take out the religious stuff).
I'm inclined to agree. The endlessly accelerating proliferation of "upgrades" gets fatiguing.
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