Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Adele covers The Strokes
Alex SturrockAdele Adkins was 13 when The Strokes put out their first album Is This It back in the Fall of 2001 and 17 when their last album First Impressions Of Earth came out in January 0f 2006. And in the half-decade since, she’s dropped the last name to be known just as Adele, released her debut album 19 in 2008, won a couple Grammy awards for it, and has just followed it up with the possibly even better and probably chart-topping 21, making her one of the hottest commodities in music right now.
That success is thanks to her emotionally resonant songwriting and rich, soulful vocals but it’s worth noting that she was a teenager when The Strokes were in their heyday, and teenagers do love their rock’n’roll. So it’s not so surprising that her cover selection for a January 2008 appearance on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio One Live Lounge, she opted to tackle The Strokes’ very first single and prove that yeah, she’s great at the heartbreak-y stuff, but she can rock, too. And while it’d be nice to think that she’s handling guitar duties on the cover, that’s probably a bit much to ask.
The Strokes as a unit have been pretty quiet while Adele has ascended, but have also managed to somehow have an upwards career trajectory over the past five years -they’ve now graduated to major festival headliner status without actually doing anything. But now they’re officially back in action with their fourth album Angles due out on March 22. Adele has North American tour dates set for this May, and expect The Strokes to be back on the road this Summer as well.