Fans of Adele and Blur, particularly those on the other side of the Atlantic, were thrilled when news emerged a while back that the latter band’s frontman Damon Albarn would be collaborating with the pop powerhouse on her new album 25. But, as we later learned back in September, things didn’t exactly go as planned.
Albarn explained to The Sun how things went tits over arse back in September, when he called her music “very middle of the road.”
“Adele asked me to work with her and I took the time out for her,” he said, noting that he’s not a producer. “I don’t know what is happening really. Will she use any of the stuff? I don’t think so. Let’s wait and see. The thing is, she’s very insecure. And she doesn’t need to be, she’s still so young.”
She may be young, but she’s not going to take that sort of criticism laying down. In the new Rolling Stone cover story, Adele shot back at Albarn, reinforcing one of the saddest, but steadfast truisms about meeting people you idolized growing up.
“It ended up being one of those ‘don’t meet your idol’ moments,” she says. “And the saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up. But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him.”
None of the material made it onto the record, she said. “None of it was right. None of it suited my record. He said I was insecure, when I’m the least-insecure person I know. I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved — because he has a child — and then he calls me insecure?”
Something tells me that 25 is going to do just fine without Albarn’s input.