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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
With just a couple of cursory listens to the few tracks that popped up all over the Internet through 2007, comparisons were made between Adele, the much-hyped brassy British songstress, and Amy Winehouse, the...much-hyped brassy British songstress. However, after a solid listen to 19, the first full sampling by the up-and-coming Adele, listeners are forced to throw all comparisons to the wind; Adele is simply too magical to compare her to anyone. Bluesy like it's no one's business yet voluptuously funky in a contemporary way, Adele rocks out 19 with a unique voice and gritty sound that dazzle endlessly. Synthesizing blues, jazz, folk, soul, and even electric pop, Adele...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
With just a couple of cursory listens to the few tracks that popped up all over the Internet through 2007, comparisons were made between Adele, the much-hyped brassy British songstress, and Amy Winehouse, the...much-hyped brassy British songstress. However, after a solid listen to 19, the first full sampling by the up-and-coming Adele, listeners are forced to throw all comparisons to the wind; Adele is simply too magical to compare her to anyone. Bluesy like it's no one's business yet voluptuously funky in a contemporary way, Adele rocks out 19 with a unique voice and gritty sound that dazzle endlessly. Synthesizing blues, jazz, folk, soul, and even electric pop, Adele mystifies through her mature songwriting skills and jaw-dropping arrangements. As the album opens with "Daydreamer," Adele's illusionary instrument -- over minimal sounds -- engulfs the listener with a gorgeous feeling of awe and wonderment. On "Melt My Heart to Stone" and the bona fide hit "Chasing Pavements," Adele allows herself to soar over the strings and power her way through these incredible songs. The upbeat "Right as Rain" is just wonderful, with clear Ashford & Simpson influences speckled all over it in an upbeat set. Nearly all the tracks seem to have been nurtured to glory over months as labors of love. What's simply awesome on 19 is its capability to capture the listener through mere teasing; Adele doesn't shout for attention, and doesn't rely on anyone but herself to prove she's worth it, in the same vein as Sara Bareilles, another heavily praised artist of 2007. The jazzy "Best for Last" is as retro as the tunes get on the album, yet it still manages to steer away from being boring or old-fashioned. The only awkwardness throughout all of 19 is the overly poppy galactic "Tired," which sounds as though it might have fallen off a Lily Allen track list, something that doesn't suit Adele as a musician. As far as artistic drive goes, it seems as though Adele is hoping to capitalize on the sounds of 2007 by borrowing elements of Feist, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and even, yes, Amy Winehouse; yet Adele blends all the artistic pizzazz of all those ladies into her own set of manipulative, glamorous wonder. Plus, as a terrific songwriter at merely 20 years of age, the Brit has so much room to expand her artistic dimensions into a full-fledged artist that it's no wonder most critics see her as the top new talent of 2008. This debut isn't an empty promise of a great career; 19 is a fleshed-out stunning portrayal of a young woman with a talent beyond her years who deserves immense credit for a unique style that never fails. A beyond stellar debut in both quality and originality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886973185926
  • Catalog Number: 731859
  • Sales rank: 2,128

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Daydreamer (3:40)
  2. 2 Best for Last (4:18)
  3. 3 Chasing Pavements (3:30)
  4. 4 Cold Shoulder (3:11)
  5. 5 Crazy for You (3:28)
  6. 6 Melt My Heart to Stone (3:23)
  7. 7 First Love (3:10)
  8. 8 Right as Rain (3:17)
  9. 9 Make You Feel My Love (3:32)
  10. 10 My Same (3:15)
  11. 11 Tired (4:18)
  12. 12 Hometown Glory (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Adele Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Celeste, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, cowbell
Stuart Zender Bass, Bass Guitar
Michael Tighe Guitar
Sam Koppelman Glockenspiel
Will Malone Strings, Conductor
Louis "Kayel" Sharpe Drums
Jim Abbiss Glockenspiel
Neil Cowley Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Chris Elliott Conductor
London Studio Orchestra Strings
Jason Silver Keyboards
The Wired Strings Strings
Perry Montague-Mason Strings
Jack Peñate Background Vocals
Seb Rochford Drums
Matt Allchin Guitar
Tom Driessler Bass, Bass Guitar, Tambourine
Life Gospel Choir Background Vocals
Ben Thomas Guitar
Pete Biggins Percussion, Drums
Adele Adkins Vocals
Ben Thomas Guitar
Seb Roachford Drums
Wire4d Strings Strings
Louis Sharpe Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Will Malone Arranger
Jim Abbiss Producer, Audio Production
Chris Elliott Arranger, String Arrangements
Richard Wilkinson Engineer
Liam Howe Programming
Eg White Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Matt Lawrence Engineer
Mark Ronson Producer, Audio Production
Phil Lee Art Direction
Adele Art Direction, Montage
Rosie Danvers String Arrangements
Hege Saebjornsen Cover Photo
Steve Price Engineer
Adele Adkins Composer
Dom Morley Engineer
Josh Burton Cover Photo
Truth & Soul Productions Composer
Charlie Robins Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Rich and Soulful Sound

    Adele shows off her wonderful vocals in this debut album that's deserving of it's critical acclaim. Her voice is so rich and soulful for such a young singer.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Adele is so amazing

    Adele is so amazing it can't be explained in words.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The best of 2008

    She has got to be the most talented new artist of the year. Every time I listen to her cd, 19, I love it. She's part soul, part jazz, and part blues, thrown in with some pop sensibility and a large beautiful voice. I'm so happy that she won 2 Grammys, because she was one of the only nominees that actually deserved them! Awesome job Adele, can't wait to hear more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Adele is the New Amy Winehouse but much better

    This is a great CD of Adele's. Saw her on Saturday Night Live and had to run out and get her CD. I love her voice, can't wait for her next CD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2011

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    Great album

    Adele has a great voice. Love the whole album.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

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    terrible album just terrible

    this is the worst studio album ever made in music history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent !!!

    Adele is an amazing performer and the voice ,Wow !
    I love the it all !
    Fantastic !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Purchase

    I don't regularly purchase Cd's anymore since I can download my favorite singles. But this one as a whole is great for my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Adele 19

    Lots of fun

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous!

    I first saw Adele on the Sunday morning show with Charles Osgood. I was WOWed by her voice and singing ability. The sultry, smokey tones that accompanied the bluesy voice were coming from this very young woman and I was impressed.
    I really have enjoyed the cd and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys soulful, bluesy music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Unoriginal and boring

    If you have the Amy Winehouse and Duffy records, you might as well buy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New and fresh!

    What a great new sound! She's sexy, sultry and great to listen to, dance to - makes both great background music for a party or focal music in the car. I hope we hear more from her.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    BEST ALBUM I'VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!

    tHIS ALBUM IS GREAT.
    I HAVEN'T SKIPPED ONE SONG

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    lovely and soulful

    Glad I bought it, feel she'll be a lifer in the music world

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome

    One great singer, the moment I heard her I could not put the music down. My favorite song? All of them, love them all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Nice & Mellow

    Adele's songs are fantastic, and something to cool down to, dance to, and listen to when you're feeling down. Some of my favorite tracks from her album are: "Daydreamers" and "First Love." First Love was love at first hear! =) Go buy it now!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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