Confession time: When David Archuleta tweets/blogs about other singers and artists, 98% of the time I ignore it. Don’t get me wrong, I love his love for music and the variety of artists he listens to. I love when he describes going to concerts and when he gives his “audience” perspective of them. I love his appreciation for real musicians. I just don’t feel the need to research and start listening to the artists he is tweeting/blogging about. Nothing wrong with it, I’m super happy for everyone whose musical horizons have been broadened because of David, it’s just not my thing.
So, when TOfan messaged me and asked whether I’d listened to Adele’s song “Someone Like You” at all, my answer, of course, was no. But I youtubed it and found that not only did I really like it, but it reminded me a lot of David’s “My Kind of Perfect”.
Both songs are absolutely beautiful: Piano in the background, with the vocals portrayed front and centre. Nope, no autotune to be found anywhere. No techno beats or guest appearances by famous rappers. Just good old-fashioned music: piano, vocals and full of emotion. I could see why David likes her as an artist.
“My Kind of Perfect” has been my favourite track on TOSOD since the first time I listened to it. Usually, I am quite terrible at picking out lyrics, so on my first listen of a song, it’s the music that catches my attention first, as opposed to the message or meaning behind it. But on my first listen of MKOP, I got it right away. Something about the simplicity of the song mixed with the emotion David pours into it really tugged at my heart and I remember thinking, that first listen, that it was one of the most beautiful songs I’d ever heard. The song just seemed to emit love and hope and faith and excitement for the future — all beautiful emotions that are so very “David”.
Adele’s song “Someone Like You” has a different kind of beauty. Since I listened to it for the first time a few days ago, it’s been stuck in my head. Not because it has a particularly catchy tune, but because there’s something almost haunting about it, which sticks with you long after you’ve listened to it.
While “My Kind of Perfect” is a story of wondering and waiting for your soulmate, “Someone Like You” is from the perspective of someone who realizes their soulmate might be someone from their past who has moved on.
The background piano lacks the “bouncy” quality of the piano in “My Kind of Perfect” and instead gives the song a more melancholy feel. The emotions Adele puts into it, although quite different from David’s, are equally moving. These are songs that will make you feel.
Her voice really soared on this song. It was the centrepoint of the song and deserved to be. After seeing Adele in concert in January 2009, David blogged:
“I loved how Adele didn’t move around a whole lot when she performed. She was all about the voice, and didn’t try to change that.”
I could hear what he was getting at just from this one song, and if she’s really as good live as he says she is, I think that would be an incredible concert to see.
Lesson for the week: Maybe I should pay attention to some of the artists David blogs/tweets about. He might know what he’s talking about. 🙂