It’s Odell, not Adele. The names of the 2008 Critics’ Choice Brit Award winner and this year’s recipient aren’t spelled the same, but the 22 year-old from Chichester doesn’t mind the comparison.
‘I wouldn’t mind being the male Adele,’ Tom Odell says, opening a beer. ‘She came along and people were like, “Damn, we haven’t heard anyone this real for years.”’
We’re on a bar-room sofa, talking about the award he’ll pick up on Wednesday, the only Brit that’s announced in advance. Odell won it on the strength of six or seven plangent, soaring piano songs. Some are calling him a one-man Coldplay.
The thing is, no man has ever won a Critics’ Choice Award: the previous five went to Emeli Sandé, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch and Adele.
‘Women have ruled the world for the past five years,’ Odell says. ‘The dominant male is history. Could you see a male Lady Gaga? The closest we’ve got is Justin Bieber, who’d be locked up if he tried the stuff Gaga gets away with. Women are the only rock stars now. Adele is brutally honest. I want to be like her.’
Brutally honest is one way of describing the middle-finger gesture Adele gave while receiving her last Brit – but everyone loves an outspoken star, I say. She’s taken over from Liam Gallagher.
‘But Liam Gallagher was full of ****.’ Odell says. He winces.
‘You won’t print that, will you? I can’t make enemies like that just yet.’ There’s a pregnant pause as I weigh up the pros and cons.
‘The point is, Adele is not full of ****,’ Odell continues. ‘I don’t think there’s much room for the drunken, misogynistic male in music any more.
'Although I think we’re opening a can of worms here. I said rock ’n’ roll was dead the other day and people got very angry…’
Rock ’n’ roll is dead, of course. Its age is past, just like the jazz age and the music hall age before that.
If you want to reach kids enduring 24-hour peer-group surveillance, it’s no longer enough to pick up a guitar and look cool. You need to go uncool. You need to go piano.
17 February 2013
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