Tony Visconti Apologizes (Sort Of) For Questioning Adele’s Vocal Talent

Veteran producer Tony Visconti has apologized to Adele after questioning her vocal talent. Last week, the longtime David Bowie collaborator weighed in on the current state of pop, calling it boring (he’s not alone in that sentiment!) and criticizing the perfection brought on by Auto-Tune and digital production. To make his point he extended that critique to Adele, positing, “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.”

After the British star got word, in concert she responded in casual, typically crass fashion: “Some dickhead tried to say that my voice was not me on record. Dude, suck my dick.” And now Visconti has backtracked in one of those non-apology apologies. Here’s what he said in a statement to Billboard on Sunday (June 12):

“I’m sorry that what I said in regards to what’s being played on radio was misconstrued yet I cannot apologize for something taken the wrong way. If Adele has taken my comments as offensive that was certainly not my intent. Adele has a great voice and it brings pleasure to millions.”

Now let’s all go back to crying while watching her 2012 Grammys comeback.

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