I first downloaded Adele’s cover of the Raconteurs’ “Many Shades of Black” around the same time last summer that I first started listening to 19, so I always thought of it as a b-side to that album. I didn’t realize until later that the song was recorded as a b-side for the Raconteurs single, with Adele backed by Jack White and the Raconteurs themselves. It’s a great take on the song and a perfect example of Adele’s timelessly soulful vocal talent.
Adele also covered another Raconteurs song, “Steady As She Goes” at the BBC’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend last year. Notice Adele reading the lyrics from her BlackBerry as she performs: