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Bowie's Producer Tony Visconti Says Adele's Voice Is Auto-Tune, Talks New Show 'Guitar Star'

by Cailey Lindberg   Jun 9, 2016 11:22 AM EDT

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Tony Visconti has some strong opinions on the current state of pop music, and has gone far enough as to question whether Adele’s voice is actually auto-tuned in a new interview.

David Bowie’s former producer is also set to be involved with a new Sky Arts TV talent show entitled Guitar Star, where music industry heavyweights will search for the next new guitar talent.

“You turn the radio on and it’s fluff, you are listening to 90% computerized voices,” Visconti said to The Daily Star.

He further said, “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.”

Visconti said to the publication on Guitar Star, “There’s a sound to pop now that is so perfect it’s boring, because everything is fixed. I’m looking for virtuosos like Hendrix, Cobain and Bowie. There’s no fluffy back story, there’s no: ‘I lost my pet dog in 97 and that made me want to play’ nonsense. No one can mistake me for Simon Cowell. Today is the worst time ever in the music industry, but Guitar Star is a step in the right direction.”

According to another interview with The Evening Standard, Visconti is also “in talks” to release unheard David Bowie material, with whom he worked from the legend’s second album until his final release, Blackstar. Bowie passed away this past January from cancer. He insinuated that it was more likely for unheard material that was recorded for albums other than Blackstar to be released to the public first. There are whispers that further box sets are due to be released in the future, and one rumor is that they will be released this upcoming fall.

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