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NY Post Calls Adele The 'Patron Saint Of Basic Bitches'

What kind of tomfoolery is this? What exactly about Adele's music is basic? Why is the NY Post even using terms like "basic bitches"? So many questions.

The New York Post has just incurred the wrath of Adele fans everywhere with a headline practically designed to attract controversy (and clicks): "Adele Is The Patron Saint of Basic Bitches."
 
Mackenzie Dawson, contributing editor for the NY Post, first gives props where they're due, commending Adele for her staying power and flawless eyeliner, before going on to refer to her singing as "theatrical" and "overblown." She then stuck a knife in the heart of Adele fans everywhere by calling the "25" singer the "patron saint of basic bitches," and the "pumpkin-spice latte of pop music," due to her mass appeal. 
 
So what is it about Adele's music that's so basic? The fact that her sadness is, according to Dawson, one-size-fits-all. Wrote Dawson, "We all need breakup songs, ex-boyfriend songs, sad reunion songs, cry-with-girlfriends-over-glasses-of-red-wine songs, and she delivers all that in spades. But wildly popular is not the same thing as genius."
 
And then, of course, came the seemingly unavoidable Amy Winehouse comparison: "Her songs are maudlin, lots of Feelings with a capital F. All the feelings, but none of the nuance, none of the dark, tortured, funny cleverness that you’d find, for instance, in an Amy Winehouse song."
 
What kind of tomfoolery is this? Universal appeal doesn't automatically equate to superficiality; after all, this many people being able to connect with the same song is a powerful thing, and that power lies in Adele's voice. That woman could sing the phone book, and if she put the same emotion in her voice as she usually does for her "one-size-fits-all" sadness anthems, then we'd all still be playing it on repeat and getting lost in our feelings.
 
Adele doesn't need to be dark and tortured like Amy Winehouse because she isn't Amy Winehouse. If you're looking for the Amy Winehouse sound, then fire up the incomparable "Back to Black" and let Adele live.
 
   
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