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David Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti thinks Adele’s “great voice” could be “manipulated”

on June 08, 2016, 1:50pm

The world has largely united behind the powerhouse vocals of Adele. Even music listeners who would never admit to being pop fans can’t seem to deny the might of the British songstress’ pipes. However, Tony Visconti, the acclaimed producer known for his work with the late David Bowie, has cautioned in a new interview that she may not be as impressive as we all think.

“You turn the radio on and it’s fluff, you are listening to 90% computerized voices,” the 72-year-old said in an interview with the Daily Star (via FACT). “We know Adele has a great voice but it’s even questionable if that is actually her voice or how much has been manipulated. We don’t know.”

It’s true that plenty of modern radio music is heavily post-produced, but it’s hard to believe the woman who delivers performances like this or this really needs the help of a computer. Still, Visconti had a point when he added, “There’s a sound to pop now that is so perfect it’s boring, because everything is fixed.”

Then again, his remarks came while promoting a British music competition program called Guitar Star, so there’s a bit of irony in a reality show host questioning the authenticity of a Grammy-winning pop star. “I’m looking for virtuosos like Hendrix, Cobain and Bowie,” he said of his goals for the show. Good luck with that.