“Skyfall” is a cool ballad that’s all about innuendo, less emotionally charged than the material we’re used to from the singer. Adele appeared steely and confident, equally as sultry as her predecessor. There was no shortage of glamour, but her dark, shimmering gown perhaps matched a little too well with the curtains behind her. (Still, we needed those silver sparkly heels like yesterday.) Swaying to the music and moving her hips whenever appropriate–who says she doesn’t dance?–there was a lightness to her presence; this might be the closest thing we have to a Adele jamming out to her bedroom to a live recording of “Irreplaceable.” And then there were those final notes, the expected, call-your-parents-because-Adele-is-taking-you-home roars that we know and love, complete with a fleeting sassy finger wave to hold us over until her next album.
The crowd applauded and she smiled, but it seemed as if there was some element of those patented life-changing powers missing from this performance; when the camera panned the crowd, Jamie Foxx looked as if he had just woken up from a nap. Perhaps she didn’t want to outdo a classic, or maybe it’s just not possible. Team Bassey.
Time will tell whether or not Adele will continue to charm red carpets, or fade away into a happy life as a mum to her newborn son, forever watching Queen B videos on YouTube. We feel strongly about her chances at the former–she is halfway to an EGOT, after all.