Album: Adele, Live at The Royal Albert Hall, XL

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Adele's engaging ebullience is powerfully persuasive on this DVD/CD package, culled from this year's Albert Hall shows – or as she marvels, "Royal Albert fucking Hall!".

There's a strange, beguiling contrast between the elegance of her singing voice and the cockney-barmaid tone of her introductions, littered with expletives, ribald cackles and self-deprecating discussions of Adele's personal life, but between them the songs emerge more meaningful. The set mingles songs from her two albums with a few covers – notably impassioned versions of "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Make You Feel My Love" – and a new song, the soulful "I'll Be Waiting", in which the passing of time is again the main theme, building to a moving climax of "Someone Like You" and "Rolling in the Deep".

DOWNLOAD THIS Someone Like You; Rolling in the Deep; Make You Feel My Love; I'll Be Waiting