Adele has finally returned to the spotlight after months out of the public eye, healing from surgery on her vocal chords following a vocal hemorrhage last year. And what better time to make that return than at the biggest music award ceremony on the calender, the 2012 Grammys. Not only performing tonight, the singer is also nominated for six Grammy awards, including the coveted album of the year for 21.
To mark this return, a noticeably thinner Adele, hit the hair salon, dyeing her hair a lighter shade of blonde, and giving her lion's mane quite a chop! The result was understated and effortlessly gorgeous. However, what we at Divadevotee are really interested in is how her first live performance 2012, and more importantly her voice, sounded on the night.
To show the world her voice is truly back and ready for business, Adele started her performance of Rolling in the Deep, a capella style! Stoic, soulful and resonant, her voice soared as if it had never been damaged. This was pretty much a faultless performance that cements the British singer's place as one of the best vocalists of this generation, not to mention one of the nicest and most down to Earth.
However, though the voice is back, I still hear her forcing the top notes, pulling her chest voice up into the throat to keep the power. It's not the best technique, and she needs to carry on working with a vocal coach to learn how to mix better. The result may be that she loses some resonance with the higher belts, but it'll ultimately give her voice a better chance of avoiding damage.