Adele - 19
Label: XL Recordings, Columbia
Catalog#: 888697 30624 1, 888697 30624 1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Includes a coupon for free album download plus bonus live acoustic EP "Live At The Hotel Cafe" download.
Released: 10 Jun 2008
Genre: Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Ballad, Neo Soul
A2 Best For Last
A3 Chasing Pavements
A4 Cold Shoulder
A5 Crazy For You
A6 Melt My Heart To Stone
B1 First Love
B2 Right As Rain
B3 Make You Feel My Love
B4 My Same
B6 Hometown Glory
Be prepared to be captivated by the amazing vocal of ADELE.
The truly unique new artist releases her debut album, "19", citing influences that of Jill Scott, Etta James and Amy Winehouse.
The album "19" talks about love and being at the age of 18 and 19 and features 12 very frank tracks that spread the much-fancied songbird's calamitous love life bare.
It's a confident and striking collection, brutally honest and extravagantly revealing.
Pitched midway between the girl power of Natasha Bedingflield and the dark, destructive songcraft of Amy Winehouse, "19" is great, but at times a little exhausting.
It offers brilliant tracks like "Chasing Pavements", "Hometown Glory", "Daydreamer", "Make You Feel My Love", "Melt My Heart To Stone", "Best For Last".
You can't fault the youngster's candid lyric-writing.
"What am I supposed to do to make you want me properly?" she pleads on opener "Daydreamer". "Whenever you look at me I wish I was her" she sings on the gruesome "Cold Shoulder".The pain of being dumped for someone else expertly rendered.
But the self-regarding nature of the words soon cloy a little. By the time we're told her "blood boils for you" in "First Love" and the fact that: "As you tear right through me I forgive you once again" on "Right As Rain" you're desperately searching for a spot of light among the gloom.
Nevertheless one thing that can't be challenged is the extraordinary voice - and that combination of Joni Mitchelle and Carole King could melt the sturdiest of souls. The delicate and sparse orchestration of the tracks is a delight too.
"19" proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that Adele is a worthy recipient of the BRIT's inaugural Critic's Choice Award.
ADELE - Chasing Pavements
Won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
ADELE - Hometown Glory
Adele singing Daydreamer on Jools Holland live
amongst the crap that is today's popular music, this poet has woven some beautiful and more complex than average songs. Brava!
ADELE - Right as Rain
this voice....u could pick her out of a hundred voices just because of her intensity