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This is why it's such a shock that it's a genuinely touching, maturely considered and brilliantly sung opus that belies her titular age. Listening to it for the first time is the aural equivalent of walking into one of those oh-so-quirky little bars that you expect to be filled with bland scenesters and discovering that everyone within is friendly and they're serving the finest soul food to fill you up with.
Pitching up somewhere between blues, folk and jazz, she's included something for everyone without ever pandering to a particular trend. Her melodies exude warmth, her singing is occasionally stunning and, in the dramatic Hometown Glory, the spiky cool of Cold Shoulder (which is unexpectedly reminiscent of Shara Nelson-era Massive Attack) and the piano epic Make You Feel My Love, she has tracks that make Lily Allen and Kate Nash sound every bit as ordinary as they are.
That said, there is a note of caution to be sounded. There's a danger of the hyperbole exceeding the actual potential here: The Brit Awards made her their first ever winner of the Critics' Choice award and the BBC's Sound of 2008 list named her as the most promising new music talent in UK, while one magazine compared her songbook with Leonard Cohen's! While she is undoubtedly good, she's not quite worthy of those accolades yet, as her voice lacks a little soul and her songwriting a little depth.
Adele is a fine prospect and a genuine talent, but just like Amy Winehouse, who went to the same performing arts school, her brilliance will truly shine when she's a little further into her career - though hopefully, she'll be better at handling the astronomical fame that awaits her than the crumbling Mrs Fielder-Civil.
19 is a great start, a solid base to build a career on and a wonderful reminder of just how great our home grown talent can be. Just goes to show that the old adage is true - you really can't go judging a pop star by their cover. --Chris Long
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Absolutely superb CD as expected from a great artist. No problems with the CD itself, it arrived early and perfectly packed.Published 4 days ago by M. Stephens
It may be cheap, but if you're considering buying this album based solely on all the positive reviews it has received, then I urge you to listen to it first before you make a... Read morePublished 20 days ago by A long term FM fan
Brilliant album, rarely out of either my car or my wifes. Have personally covered hundreds, if not thousands, of miles listening to this album.Published 28 days ago by Stuart M
Well, it's Adele, so obviously it's excellent. Some terrific tracks.Published 28 days ago by grev001
Only liked one track on this album, save your money I would, as I was really disappointed.Published 1 month ago by Posum
I adored Adele's voice at first listen. I just love distinctive voices, the kind of which as soon as the artist opens their mouth, you know straight-away who it is you're listening... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer