It’s refreshing that, even with computer-enhancements some deem necessary, an artist can still be recognized for her true voice.

It’s refreshing that, even with computer-enhancements some deem necessary, an artist can still be recognized for her true voice.


Adele is an example. She could sing the phone book and I’d be in line to buy a CD.


She also is making chart history with albums and songs that have struck chords with music lovers across the board.


Earlier this year I wrote about her sophomore album, “21,” not knowing just how big it would become. It’s the best-selling album of the year with more than 3.3 million units sold. It doesn’t look like anyone is going to catch her, this year, at least.


“Rolling In The Deep,” the lead single, spent seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and made its way way onto 12 different Nielsen/Billboard charts, most recently the Latin singles chart. Billboard has declared the song the most widely crossed-over song of the last 25 years.


How would anyone top that feat? Well, it looks as if the singer just may outdo herself. Her latest single, “Someone Like You,” jumped from No. 19 to No. 1, making it the biggest mover in more than 53 years for a song that was already a single. Kelly Clarkson still holds the record for a new single jumping from No. 97 to No. 1 (“My Life Would Suck Without You” in 2009).


The success of “Someone Like You” was likely spurred by Adele’s VMA performance. Amid big stage antics and theatrics from her peers, Adele chose the more traditional, subtle route, and nailed it!


Dressed normally on a darkened stage, with simple piano accompaniment, Adele commanded everyone’s attention, both in the audience and at home.


The song has since become sort of an anthem for heartbreak. It’s so raw and emotionally charged.


“21” is a breakthrough moment, but even her previous, “19” is regaining momentum, moving back to No. 4 to tie a long-standing record held by the Beatles. She is the first living act since the Fab Four in 1964 to achieve such a feat on the UK album chart.


If you’re hooked on “21” you might want to check out “19” and learn just where this girl has been. Rumor has it her next album is going to have an old-fashioned country music feel. I can’t wait!


I predict Adele will dominate the Grammy Award nominations later this year.


David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mihc.) Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.