One only has to utter a single name and everyone is aflutter: Adele. The last few years have been wonderful for Miss Adkins, having received critical acclaim from every outlet possible the minute debut album, 19, was released in 2008. It is not that often you get to witness true talent on a firsthand basis, so thank heavens she visited Birmingham for four exceptional nights on her live tour this week. Attending the second night of these dates, it was pandemonium from the outset, with people queueing for an age just to get to their seats.
It’s been three years since we last heard new material from pop stalwart, Adele. Her second album 21 is a modern day classic, propelled into success by an emotive Brits performance of heartbreak favourite, ‘Someone Like You’. She’s since broken countless records, won several awards including a Grammy for her Bond theme, ‘Skyfall’… and then she just disappeared. The bubbly singer-songwriter from Tottenham is known by quite literally everyone on the planet, and its no surprise; possessing one of the most effortlessly sublime singing voices of our age really should receive that level of recognition. So naturally, it was no wonder many of us were starting to worry whether she would ever return with a follow up to her runaway success. Adele fans rejoice: 25 is finally here.