Adele - 19
XL / Columbia
Billboard 200: #10

Adele, an English soul artist in the vein of Amy Winehouse and Duffy, shines on her debut album, 19. Her voice glides and bubbles over a dozen tracks like a love-torn babbling brook. Most of the songs include acoustic guitar and slight drumming and it is blessedly bereft of much electronic instrumentation. Standouts include up-tempo numbers like “Best for Last”, “My Same”, and “Right as Rain”. The breakout single from the album, “Chasing Pavements” (2009 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) continues to amaze with its beautiful lyrics and gorgeous melody. Subtlety reigns in songs like “Melt My Heart to Stone” an ode to a lover unattainable and uninterested and the sweeping piano ballad “Hometown Glory”. First time to bat, I’d call this a homerun.

Melt My Heart to Stone, Chasing Pavements, Right as Rain


~ by vinyabarion on December 10, 2009.

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