Adele: Taylor Swift is ‘one of the greatest songwriters of our generation’

Adele is currently in rehearsals for her Las Vegas residency, which finally starts in November. She had to delay the show for more than ten months because nothing was ready back in January. It feels like it’s been a weird year for Adele – she originally saw herself spending half of her time in Vegas, half in LA, and working throughout the year. But instead it’s been a surprisingly quiet year for her professionally, especially given that she’s had a whole album out. Anyway, to promote her latest single, Adele did a fan event, and she spoke about Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights, the sales of which are blowing everybody out of the water.

Turns out Adele is a bonafide Swiftie! The superstar offered up her take on Taylor Swift on Tuesday (Oct. 25,) and had nothing but nice things to say.

“I haven’t,” she said when asked if she’d listened to Midnights yet during Happy Hour With Adele, a fan event celebrating the release of her new music video for “I Drink Wine.” “But the only reason is, is ’cause I’ve been in rehearsals for, like, 12 hours a f—in’ day, I’m sick and tired of anything musical… But I think Taylor’s one of the greatest songwriters of our generation, so I will definitely give it a listen.

“I loved the two in COVID very, very much,” the singer continued, referring to 2020 sister albums Folklore and Evermore. “And I think she’s fun as well, she makes a release fun!”

[From Billboard]

Just reading the words, I thought Adele was being slightly shady, but once I saw the clip, I don’t think she was at all. I think Adele likes Taylor and genuinely thinks she’s a great songwriter. Now, is it somewhat notable that Adele chose to praise Taylor’s songwriting abilities and not, say, “she’s one of the greatest pop stars” or “she’s one of the greatest musicians”? Perhaps. It’s giving “great gowns, beautiful gowns.” (Hilariously, that was Aretha Franklin speaking about Taylor Swift too.)

Also: Adele (finally?) released a music video for “I Drink Wine.” This is her third single/music video from 30. The first two were “Easy on Me” and “Oh My God.” Like… these singles just aren’t hitting the way her previous singles have hit me.

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  1. taris says:

    no lies detected!

    more of this female stars sincerely praising each other, and less silly feuds.

    • Miss Owlsyn says:

      I remember when Adele was like, “No, I can’t accept this award because Beyonce had the best album and Lemonade is life.”

      She seems very supportive of her fellow artists and I like that.

  2. Neners says:

    People always say this and I’m just like, eh? But I’m glad others have someone with whom they clearly connect!

    • sparrow says:

      Neners. I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift lately because of all the stuff around Midnights. I think her melodies are limited because she hangs around one note all the time, so it’s not a great vocal wave pouring over the listener. Her songs can sound like they’re built around the same tune on repeat. But some of the lyrics are story like and clever, particularly something like No Body No Crime. Basically, I’m with you – I don’t get the mega hype. But again like you, I am pleased there are people out there who feel so strongly about someone in a positive and inspirational way. BTW I also don’t get Adele – she sounds like she is screaming half the time IMO. I’m a dullard.

      • Tessa says:

        Ha, you described my opinion of TS to a, well, t. 🙂 I do think her melodies are limited and they sound like one long song to me. I did listen to her 2 covid albums while working a lot because they were so even, quiet, and soothing, and every once in a while I’d think “hmm, well, maybe I should download that one to my music library”, but then I wouldn’t even be able to figure out if it’s song 3 or song 5, because they all ran together. So, I didn’t exactly understand why people were so ecstatic about that album. No Body, No Crime is the ONLY song that stood out to me. I feel like she’s getting better with age, but to me, she’s still mostly “imminently listenable”, rather than great.

      • Emily_C says:

        I like many of Adele’s songs, but I also am not terribly fond of her singing. I have perfect pitch. And let’s just say, Adele’s no Ella Fitzgerald. I can’t listen to her live.

      • Neners says:

        I love Adele BUT I think her best songs are the ones that deviate from the “Adele formula”. I’d like her to play around more with her sound!

        Going back to T Swift, part of my problem is I was bombarded with her music every Saturday morning of my sophomore year of college. Nothing will put you off of Taylor like listening to You Belong with Me 20 times starting at 8 am when you’re trying to sleep off a hangover lol I also have mostly listened to her singles, not full albums. The only album I’ve heard all the way through was Reputation. I….it wasn’t for me.

      • Lucy says:

        This is it exactly! I have such complicated feelings about TS and this helped untangle a bit. But am I listening to Midnights in my earphones at work right now? Yes. Yes I am.

    • Emily_C says:

      Same. A lot of women quote her lyrics like they’re the most amazing insights and made them cry so much or whatever, and I’m like… eh? To me, she is overall bland, often irritating, and very occasionally clever, but that’s it. Mostly harmless, really. But I’m glad other people find joy in her stuff.

    • Becks1 says:

      I like some of her lyrics, but I don’t really like her pop songs, I much prefer her more folksy songs (I really liked folklore), and I like when her lyrics are less pointed and more….poetic, maybe? IDK.

      Overall she’s just not my cup of tea and I don’t think she’s the greatest, I find most of her stuff fairly bland (I think Adele is a much better songwriter) but she obviously connects with millions of people, which is great for her and for them.

      And I do listen to some of her albums and songs so she’s not a total write off for me lol. (I’m laughing bc now I’m just thinking of Schitt’s Creek. You WRITE IT OFF.)

  3. Arizona says:

    Taylor herself has said her songwriting is the thing she’s most proud of, so I don’t think it was shady at all. she’s never claimed to be the most gifted singer (although she’s miles better than when she started), but songwriting is her thing. I think it’s telling that Adele and Beyonce are both fans of Taylor, since I feel like the three of them are in a whole other stratosphere when it comes to music (all in different ways).

    • Abby says:

      Agree with all of this. Taylor’s talent really is songwriting. She is a pop star, she does play instruments, but songwriting is what sets her apart.

      I also agree about Adele, Beyonce and Taylor being in a different stratosphere for music. They’re building something all by themselves at the moment and its cool to watch.

  4. SH says:

    Adele has said she decided to work with Max Martin after hearing Taylor’s songs with him back before 25 was released. So there has been some back and forth for a decade now.

    I remember her joking about being jealous her son was more interested in Taylor’s music than her own with the 30 promo. I’m sure there is some level of direct competitiveness, but also a level of respect.

  5. jferber says:

    I know many see Taylor as a lightweight, but she has written some fantastic lyrics (“Trouble” about John Mayer and others).

  6. notreally says:

    =Her songs sound like poems an 11 year old would write but okay.

  7. TheBayTea says:

    I think Taylor is a fantastic lyricist and agree she’s one of the best of her generation. She reminds me of Alex Turner in that way – poets at heart.