19 ist das erste Album der britischen Sängerin Adele. Es wurde am 28. Januar 2008 veröffentlicht. In Deutschland und der Schweiz kletterte das Album bis auf Platz 15 der Charts, in Österreich landete das Album auf Platz 29. Insgesamt befinden sich auf dem Album zwölf Lieder. Hometown Glory, die erste Singleauskopplung, findet sich in einigen Fernsehserien wieder, darunter Skins und Grey’s Anatomy. Chasing Pavements, die zweite Single, erreichte mit Platz zwei in den britischen Charts und Charteinstiegen in den USA, Deutschland und Österreich die beste Resonanz. Als dritte Single folgte April 2008 der Titel Cold Shoulder. Der Titel Make You Feel My Love ist eine Coverversion des 1997 erschienenen Liedes To Make You Feel My Love von Bob Dylan. Das Lied My Same stieg 2010, zwei Jahre nach Veröffentlichung des Albums, in die deutschen Charts ein, nachdem Lena Meyer-Landrut den Titel in der deutschen Songcontest-Vorentscheidung Unser Star für Oslo gesungen hatte.
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It's easy to get the wrong impression about Adele. She looks like another Kate Nash, all Top Shop dresses and haircuts that only a mother could love. And the fact that she's been a fuss on MySpace for a while only ups the sense of trepidation. Add to that a Later… debut which came filled to the brim with nervous caterwauling, and hopes for her album aren't pitched particularly high.
This is why it's such a shock that it's a genuinely touching, maturely considered and brilliantly sung opus that belies her titular age. Listening to it for the first time is the aural equivalent of walking into one of those oh-so-quirky little bars that you expect to be filled with bland scenesters and discovering that everyone within is friendly and they're serving the finest soul food to fill you up with.
Pitching up somewhere between blues, folk and jazz, she's included something for everyone without ever pandering to a particular trend. Her melodies exude warmth, her singing is occasionally stunning and, in the dramatic Hometown Glory, the spiky cool of Cold Shoulder (which is unexpectedly reminiscent of Shara Nelson-era Massive Attack) and the piano epic Make You Feel My Love, she has tracks that make Lily Allen and Kate Nash sound every bit as ordinary as they are.
That said, there is a note of caution to be sounded. There's a danger of the hyperbole exceeding the actual potential here: The Brit Awards made her their first ever winner of the Critics' Choice award and the BBC's Sound of 2008 list named her as the most promising new music talent in UK, while one magazine compared her songbook with Leonard Cohen's! While she is undoubtedly good, she's not quite worthy of those accolades yet, as her voice lacks a little soul and her songwriting a little depth.
Adele is a fine prospect and a genuine talent, but just like Amy Winehouse, who went to the same performing arts school, her brilliance will truly shine when she's a little further into her career – though hopefully, she'll be better at handling the astronomical fame that awaits her than the crumbling Mrs Fielder-Civil.
19 is a great start, a solid base to build a career on and a wonderful reminder of just how great our home grown talent can be. Just goes to show that the old adage is true – you really can't go judging a pop star by their cover.
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