Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Review: Mesmerising Return from One of the Greatest Voices. and Light Entertainers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Review: Mesmerising Return from One of the Greatest Voices. and Light Entertainers

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Byline: david smyth

ADELE O2 Arena, SE10 A TINY proportion of Adele's nation of fans gathered at the O2 for the first of eight London concerts, on what is somehow the biggest singer in the world's first-ever arena tour. The only times she has appeared here before, she has been picking up Brit Awards.

If nerves had been an issue previously, they were invisible here. A giant image of her eyes opening signalled Adele's rise to a platform as she sang that simple reintroduction: "Hello, it's me." Isolated, with her large band hidden behind the screen, she held the room without trickery just one of the great singing voices.

The speaking voice was another matter, unleashed after three songs to advise fans to "stand up and dance while you can, 'cos after that it's miserable." She shifted constantly from being a lightning rod for emotion to a light entertainer, posing for selfies, doing her finger fluttering wave, cooing at the claims of fan travel from Brazil, Dubai, Hong Kong. …

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