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David Bowie's producer reveals why he doubts Adele's 'questionable' voice

Sasha Brady

Published 08/06/2016 | 11:55

Adele
Adele
Tony Visconti, producer for Bolan, Bowie and Morrissey
A previously unseen photograph of David Bowie, taken by Markus Klinko (Markus Klinko/PA)

Adele is credited with having one of the most powerful voices in music but David Bowie's long-term producer Tony Visconti has questioned how good a singer she really is.

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"You turn the radio on and it's fluff - you are listening to 90 per cent computerised voices," he told the Daily Star.

"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."

He added: "There's a sound to pop now that is so perfect it's boring, because everything is fixed."

Adele
Adele

Visconti, who has also worked with Marc Bolan and Morrissey, vented about the quality of the music industry.

"This 'manufactured' stuff is selling less and less," he argued.

"A person like Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill sold 45 million copies worldwide. Nowadays if you sell three million, which would put you in the Taylor Swift bracket, the record business people start jumping up and down. These aren't sales to congratulate yourself on."

Speaking about the new series of talent show Guitar Star, which aims to find the best guitarists in the UK, Visconti added: "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."

Tony Visconti, producer for Bolan, Bowie and Morrissey
Tony Visconti, producer for Bolan, Bowie and Morrissey

Last week, the legendary producer, promised fans that more Bowie music would be released.

“I think it’s logical that over the next few years, you’re going to hear a lot of stuff that you haven’t heard before," he told the Evening Standard.

"I'm in talks with his management and his label - there's going to be some great Bowie stuff coming out."

David Bowie passed away on Sunday 10 January 2016, after losing his private battle with cancer.

A previously unseen photograph of David Bowie, taken by Markus Klinko (Markus Klinko/PA)
A previously unseen photograph of David Bowie, taken by Markus Klinko (Markus Klinko/PA)

Just two days before, the British icon released his Blackstar album on his 69th birthday, which Visconti described as a "parting gift to his fans".

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