Adele charms Boston faithful

A review of Adele and The Script at the Orpheum Theatre on May 2, 2009

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Brit-pop sensation Adele hit Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on Saturday night with a charming set that simply hit all the right notes, proving that despite her youth, she was was more than deserving of her recent Grammy wins.

Adele’s tightly polished five-piece band kick things off, easing the way in for the young Welsh songstress to kick off the show with the soulful "Cold Shoulder". What followed was a 75-minute set that unsurprisingly focused heavily on her debut album, 19, with a few covers and new tunes sprinkled in. In fact, the set list was basically identical to her show at the Somerville Theatre earlier this year, which she apologized for but the crowd had no problems at all with her selections. Throughout the set, Adele balanced taking the spotlight to herself and sharing it with her band.

As if she was just sitting in her bedroom, she delivered a solo acoustic rendition of "Daydreamer" before moving on to "Best For Last" with her acoustic bass guitar. Swiftly avoiding any potential for a lull, her band returned to get the crowd up and moving for "Right as Rain", which was followed by an awesome rendition of "Many Shades of Black".

The humble singer playfully engaged with the crowd often. After saying she heard Kelly Clarkson was also in the house, Adele gave an impromptu run through the chorus of "Since U Been Gone." She also joined in the Celtics fever (her mates were kicked out of Game 7 after buying scammed tickets), quipped about her love for the Whole Foods grocery store (or "Whole Paycheck" as she called it), and her love for Bob Dylan.&

Always shining most brightly was her exceptional vocal range, which was soulful, bluesy, and tender. The highlight of the night came during a stunning rendition of Dylan’s "Make You Feel My Love". After introducing her band, she followed with a cover of Etta James’ "Fool That I Am", with whom she will share the stage at the Hollywood Bowl later this summer. "Hometown Glory", the first single from 19, brought the main set to a close.

The encore was delayed when a fan rushed the stage with a gift (her 21st Birthday was this week) but she waved off security and accepted it before taking a photo of the crowd. Alone on stage, she performed a new tune "Stand My Me" and "Crazy For You" off 19. Her guitarist, Ben Thomas, then joined her on stage for a great bluesy run through Sam Cooke’s "That’s It, I Quit, I’m Moving On". The rest of the band joined in for "My Same" before a sing-along of her massive hit, "Chasing Pavements".

It’s been said that if an Irish band wants to make it big in America, they must first conquer Boston. Dublin trio The Script took their first step to that and enjoyed a breaking out party of sorts during their energetic opening set. The band, who had to cancel a headlining gig at the Paradise earlier this year, are supporting their self-titled debut album, which was released stateside in March after hitting #1 in both the Irish and UK charts last year.

"We didn’t know we were gonna get this much of a response," said lead singer Danny O’Donoghue after many in the crowd sang-along to "The Man Who Can’t Be Moved". Other highlights included "We Cry", "Talk You Down", and "Rusty Halo", which recalled the vibe of The Police. The band closed out their set with a cover of David Bowie’s "Heroes", with drummer Glen Power sharing duties on acoustic guitar and bass drum. "We’ll see ya very very soon," O’Donoghue declared with a beaming smile as he walked off stage. Hopefully, that’s very soon because this young band puts on a great show and for fans of Maroon 5 and The Fray, they should be an instant favorite.

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