Paint It Black

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 – “Many Shades of Black” [Raconteurs cover] (mp3)

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: