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Typical Adele - if you like 21 you'll like this too
26 July 2011
Having bought 19 and 21 together it was the tracks on 21 that were, of course, most familiar as you can't turn on a radio without hearing something from that album.
So it was a treat to listen to 19, her debut album, and find it ever so slightly less polished (or less over-produced, perhaps) than 21 but nonetheless very, very Adele.
It has its hits too: Chasing Pavements and Hometown Glory probably gave Adele the heads-up she needed but then again all the tracks grow on you after a few dozen listening sessions in the car. After all, Daydreamer, First Love and Make You Feel My Love all show off her brilliant voice and its complex range of emotions.
I get the feeling a lot of her songs are at least partly auto-biographical which perhaps makes them even more poignant and listenable.
I don't know how anyone could not like listening to this pretty much laid-back, middle-of-the-road type music. It doesn't offend, it's beautifully written and the music never gets in the way of her fabulous voice.
If you don't know Adele then do yourself a favour and buy this. You'll be amazed.