Release date: Nov. 29, 2011
Record label: XL/Columbia Records
Official website: http://www.Adele.tv
The buzz: With vocal issues keeping her off the road, powerhouse singer Adele is releasing "Live at the Royal Albert Hall," a 90-minute concert film on DVD and Blu-Ray with an accompanying CD.
The verdict: Full of open, frank and slightly NSFW banter, the concert film is likely to leave viewers awestruck as Adele effortlessly segues from casual chatting to mind-blowing vocalizing. All of the must-hear songs from her two studio albums (2008's "19" and this year's mega-selling "21") are here, as are a number of choice covers, including a stunning performance of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" that is now the definitive version of that song. "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" is much more than a consolation prize for anyone who hasn't yet gotten the chance to see Adele live—it is an essential document of a great artist seizing her moment with candor, grace and nearly unbelievable amounts of talent.
Did you know? In one of the concert film's more candid moments, Adele reveals that the "21" gem "Turning Tables" was written following an argument with her then-boyfriend at a dim sum restaurant in New York City. For more Adele banter, be sure to view the concert film, because the 70-minute CD version sticks to just the music.