Adele – 19

June 15, 2008

19 is the excellent debut album from London based singer/songwriter Adele, a soulful singer reminiscent of contemporaries India Arie and Alana Davis, but also past peers Dusty Springfield and Roberta Flack. One of the virtues of 19 is its unwillingness to let her amazing voice (not to mention her intelligent, incisive lyrics, impressive considering she’s just 20) get buried in slick production values. In fact, I’m so enamored of her voice that I would have listened to an entirely a cappella version of this album and would have been just as enchanted. Not all the material on 19 is standout stuff, but it’s a good enough mix of pop, soul, R & B, jazz and blues that one hopes that this is the start of a long and accomplished career for Adele. Standout cuts: “Chasing Pavements,” “Cold Shoulder,” “Crazy For You” and “Hometown Glory.”


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