Adele - 19 (3 stars)

Adele - 19

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POP

Much is made these days of the ‘voice’. Joss Stone, if you remember, had one; Corinne Bailey Rae still has hers; why, wasn’t even the bland and affected Katie Mellua touted as being in the possession of such a thing? The newest voice on the block is 19-year-old Adele’s, and it’s a fine one I must say. 19 is a nice album too, grandly heralding a new and worthy talent, but it continues a tradition of soul by numbers, and as in the examples above, without experience a voice can sound like they have little to say.

On this evidence Adele is undoubtedly destined for success, but let’s not yet talk of greatness.

Adele

Smokey soul pop from Adele, touring he latest smash hit album 25.

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