David Bowie’s long-term producer Tony Visconti has questioned whether Adele’s singing voice on her hit records is actually hers, or simply a “manipulated” version of it.

The Grammy-winning producer, who most famously worked with Bowie on several of his hit albums and also with other hit artists such as T.Rex and Thin Lizzy, made the comments in relation to a discussion about what he perceives to be a “boring” pop music scene because of the extent of digital enhancement in music-making.

AdeleAdele's voice could be digitally "manipulated", according to Tony Visconti

“You turn the radio on and it’s fluff, you are listening to 90% computerised voices,” Visconti told the Daily Star on Wednesday (June 8th). “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.”

72 year old Visconti is one of the judges on a new Sky Arts talent show called ‘Guitar Star’, returning for its second season this month, and says that he’s looking for old-fashioned virtuosos “like Hendrix, Cobain and Bowie”, and has no time for soppy back-stories like on ‘The X Factor’.

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“There’s no fluffy back story, there’s no: ‘I lost my pet dog in 97 and that made me want to play’ nonsense. No-one can mistake me for Simon Cowell. Today is the worst time ever in the music industry, but ‘Guitar Star’ is a step in the right direction.”

Well, whatever goes on in the studio can certainly be replicated live, as Adele’s current world tour continues in Europe. Even if what Visconti says is true, it’s likely to be no more or less than what goes on in every single recording studio for every artist.

Recently, she was caught out during a gig in Lisbon, Portugal when she forgot the words to her own song, singing the verse instead of the chorus for ‘Million Years Ago’. “S***, wrong words. S***, s***, s***. I started singing the verse instead of the chorus! Sorry!” she told the audience, choosing to go for honesty rather than continuing to blunder through, stopping her band in mid-flow.

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