Enjoying Adele’s music may be almost impossible, but it really is worth the effort. Think of all the conversations where you’ll be able to say “I also like Adele”. Think of all the time you’ll save in the car if you don’t have to switch stations every time her melodramatic yelling comes on the radio. Think of all the songs that will no longer make you want to carve your ears from your skull.
Follow these steps, and you’ll be enjoying Adele’s music in no time.
- Believe that it’s possible. If you don’t believe that it’s possible to enjoy Adele’s music, you won’t get very far. Stop focussing on her formulaic, soulless belting, and instead, think about how many albums she’s sold. You don’t want to have a different opinion to the mainstream, do you?
- Complete a thorough warm-up. Sure, Adele’s voice may be irritating and overrated, but that’s only because you’re comparing her to people who can actually sing, like Dusty Springfield, Whitney Houston, or Dolly Parton. Warm up by listening to ten minutes of IceJJFish and Adele’s wretched choruses will sound positively gifted in comparison.
- Don’t go too hard, too early. Start by playing one Adele song in a different room, while wearing earmuffs, on mute. The following day, add the lowest possible volume and try again. After a few weeks, remove the earmuffs. Remember, however, that this is a gradual process, and keep some O-negative blood handy to replenish your system if your ears start to bleed.
- Imagine a deeper meaning. The lyrics to Adele’s songs may all be about boys who’ve dumped her, but that doesn’t mean you can’t imagine them having a deeper meaning. At least one of her songs might be a metaphor for something else, like her dumping a boy, or her and a boy agreeing to go their separate ways.
- Remember that other people enjoy Adele’s music. We can’t stress this enough. How hard is it to just switch off your ears and have the same thoughts as everyone else?