Our DVD pick: Adele’s ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall’

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No one in pop music cackles quite like Adele. She laughs often and heartily in her sublime new concert DVD, and each time reminds you why the 23-year-old British singer has been so irresistible this year: What you see is exactly what you get.

“Live at the Royal Albert Hall,’’ out next Tuesday, was filmed in September in Adele’s native London, and the hometown honor is not lost on her. She mentions she’s downright incredulous to be playing at the same prestigious venue where she once saw the Spice Girls and Enrique Iglesias.

The 90-plus-minute DVD, which also comes with a CD of the performance, is a snapshot of her most recent tour. A short bonus feature follows Adele the day of the concert, from her hair in giant rollers in the morning to the eventual curtain call. This is the closest fans will get to experiencing her live at least for a while; Adele is on the mend after recent throat surgery performed in Boston.


From her hits (“Rolling in the Deep,’’ “Chasing Pavements’’) to heartfelt covers (including a fantastic, rootsy rendition of the SteelDrivers’ “If It Hadn’t Been for Love’’), the performances are routinely inspired. With the voice of an angel - and the potty mouth of a sailor - she’s a force throughout. When she cries at the end of the concert, right after a singalong of “Someone Like You,’’ there’s no doubt her emotions are genuine. It’s such a poignant moment that you’re left wishing Adele a speedy recovery. She clearly belongs in front of an audience.