Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 | 5:44 p.m.
Once, at a forgettable, now-defunct bar on Sahara, I found myself listening to a no-name singer-songwriter from LA introduce her song about a fling gone awry. He was her boss, blah blah blah. Suddenly, she stopped and said, “Oh my God, you guys. I am that girl.” Indeed, that girl—the one who writes songs about her ex, or bad poetry, drunken texts or sloppy Facebook statuses. Most of us have been there. It usually isn’t pretty.
Adele is the grand exception. The 23-year-old British songstress behind the you-cannot-avoid-it summer hit “Rolling in the Deep” is the queen of that girls. She has never made it a secret that her wildly successful 2011 album 21 and its predecessor, 2008’s 19, are about former loves. Luckily, Adele has the power to be that girl, and I’m not just talking about her vocal prowess.
- August 20, The Cosmopolitan
Adele connects with audiences, live or otherwise. That much was proven Saturday at the Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Ballroom, where the Brit’s own immaculate vocals were at times drowned out completely by the crowd. I’ve heard singing along before, but never like this. These devotees belted with conviction, as if Adele hadn’t written about her exes, but theirs.
And, in a way, you could say she has. Adele’s strength is in her ability to capture the most human of emotions, like the purgatory stage between being on your knees begging and being so over it. What she offers isn’t simple heartache but pain layered in self-awareness and the teensiest bit of hope. “I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited, but I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it,” Adele unleashes in “Someone Like You,” a crowd favorite. “I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded that for me, it isn’t over. Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you.”
Her music can speak for itself, but it turns out it’s better when it doesn’t. Adele peppered her performance with candid tales about the inspiration behind her songs, at one point admitting she wouldn’t be bashing her ex (like she usually does) because she’d reconnected with him earlier in the week. It felt like an intimate conversation, albeit with 4,000 people eavesdropping. She felt as real as her music feels—and with Adele, that’s saying a lot.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.