Image copyright Alamy Image caption Performing at the 2012 Brit awards But for her to do so, the scene has to be appropriately set. But she sings with unabashed passion about a kind of pain we can all recognise, and that sort of thing doesn't date. I often think about where I went wrong The more I do, the less I know But I know I have a fickle heart and a bitterness And a wandering eye, and a heaviness in my head But don't you remember, don't you remember? In fact, as the subsequent record-breaking sales of her second album 21 would reveal, she had barely scratched the surface. Adele was live on a radio station in Paris when she felt a pop in her throat, as if a switch had been flicked. She devised a mischievous plan to test the loyalty of her subjects and flush out the treacherous.
She has the emotional dexterity of a leading lady, shifting seamlessly between time and place, drawing on past experiences, conjuring up the associated feelings, and then unbelievably believably reliving them in the present. Her voice seemed to be spreading across a vast space that made me just go wow inside. In an age when album sales are plummeting the Wall Street Journal reports 785 million albums were sold in 2000 in America, compared with just 257 million in 2014 she is selling more than most of the big acts did back in the music business's glory days. A song, in other words, that shares the same sentimental ingredients of her previous work, but is less introspective and more observed. In reality there is absolutely nothing easygoing or flippant about the way Adele controls her public image. Hearing it live is something else. But it becomes increasingly difficult to square the little-old-me image with a massive international business.
But the chatter won't go away. To give you an idea people like Sia, who are industry insiders and great songwriters co-wrote with Adele for her album 25, but the songs did not make the final cut. The teenage girl who was into mainstream pop acts like Destiny's Child and Gabrielle was joining a roster that included the White Stripes and The Prodigy. When she finished the room erupted in vigorous applause. It is an idiosyncratic view but not an uncommon one.
My love is deep and true with my man, and that puts me in a position where I can finally reach out a hand to the ex. Her vocals are great, the song is mellow, and so many people can relate with the message 'cause it depressing. The United States is a nation with an insatiable appetite for power ballads soulfully sung. Meanwhile the talk in the music industry was that a big offer - said by some to be north of £80m - was on the table from a major label should she want to quit Beggars. When I listen to it, I get a nostalgic feeling about my self. But I can list more than 100 songs just as good.
Columbia launched 19 in June 2008 with solid if unspectacular sales. The deal they did with Sony's Colombia Records was to use its reputation and clout to be the face of their product in America. Beggars Group was having a similar identity crisis. Trust it trust , use it use , prove it prove it , groove it groove it Show me how good you are. She was not unbelievable at all.
When it got to the chorus, it hit me like a bomb. But she was there promptly for at least one morning assembly where she sang a song that impressed Stuart Worden, now the headmaster, so much he asked if he could have a copy. He gave chapter and verse to the Sun in 2011, with further quotes appearing in the Daily Mail. So my management decided that you have to go through two people, and then it has to be signed off by someone. There's not a band to interact with or Rihanna-style body to flaunt.
But what did she have to write about? It was considered by many to be a done deal, but nothing happened. And it took so long just to feel alright Remember how to put back the light in my eyes I wish I had missed the first time that we kissed 'Cause you broke all your promises And now you're back You don't get to get me back And who do you think you are? Media captionAdele won four awards at the 2016 Brit Awards There is a slightly irritating but quite enlightening. Adele Adkins is a force to be reckoned with. You don't write and sing a song like this about just some ordinary flight. Trust it, use it, prove it, groove it Show how good you are You're swelling out in the wrong direction You've got the bug, superstar, you've been bitten Your trumpet's blowing for far too long Climbing the snake of the ladder, but you're wrong I said who do you think you are? Adele has built her very own A-Team - a formidable, mostly male, collection of world-class producers and managers, who keep her show on the road; a band of pipers paid to call her tune.
With the exception of her version of Bob Dylan's Make You Feel My Love, she is much, much better when performing her own songs, where her investment in the narrative is palpable and persuasive. As a comeback song, I feel Adele made the right choice going with this one as it definitely plays to her strengths. And then, to an extent, repeated the whole cycle of 19 with 21. In both guises she is conspicuously composed and self-assured. A polyp in and around her vocal chords had haemorrhaged.
She has relied on her singing and her songwriting, and so far, they haven't let her down. David Bowie, whose death has been the biggest event to shake the music business so far this year, predicted back in 2002 that music was going to become like running water or electricity. She knew he was the man for her plan. She went to get it checked out. It teaches its students Mr Worden calls them artists the business behind the show, which has benefited Adele. Don't worry about feeding the wider media machine.