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19 (2008) - Grammy Winner - Best New Artist

Artist: Adele
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Format: CD
Sku: 208430003
UPC: 886973185926
UPC 14: 00886973185926
Release Date: 7/12/2008
Sales Rank: 3705
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Daydreamer ~ Adele
2. Best For Last ~ Adele
3. Chasing Pavements ~ Adele
4. Cold Shoulder ~ Adele
5. Crazy For You ~ Adele
6. Melt My Heart To Stone ~ Adele
7. First Love ~ Adele
8. Right As Rain ~ Adele
9. Make You Feel My Love ~ Adele
10. My Same ~ Adele
11. Tired ~ Adele
12. Hometown Glory ~ Adele
 
Limited enhanced pressing of this 2008 debut album from the singer/songwriter featuring the enhanced video for 'Chasing Pavements' added as a bonus track. Citing her influences as diverse as Etta James, Jill Scott, Bjork, Dusty Springfield, Billy Bragg, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, The Cure and Peggy Lee, Adele is a truly unique new artist. With her mix up of R&B and Soul served up with a healthy dash of feisty London attitude, she spins beautiful dark stories of loves won and lost and sometimes just daydreamed about.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Adele (vocals, guitar); Matt Allchin, Ben Thomas , Michael Tighe, Ben Thomas (guitar); Neil Cowley (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ); Jason Silver (keyboards); Sam Koppelman (glockenspiel); Tom Driessler (bass guitar, tambourine); Stuart Zender (bass guitar); Seb Rochford, Louis "Kayel" Sharpe, Pete Biggins, Louis Sharpe (drums); Liam Howe (programming); Jack Pe¤ate, Life Gospel Choir (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Tom Elmhirst; Loz Brazil; Jim Abbiss; Richard Wilkinson.
Muze PNote Director: Charlie Robins.
Muze PNote Photographers: Stephanie Methven; Josh Burton; Bao Nguyen; Rune Hellestad.
Muze PNote Arranger: Chris Elliott.
Muze PNote 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. ~ Matthew Chisling

Producer: Jim Abbiss; Mark Ronson

Engineer: Richard Wilkinson

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Associated Artists and Works

Guitar Tribute Players
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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/24/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 31859
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886973185926

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.76)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] shows off a vocal instrument that smokes the competition. Check out 'Cold Shoulder,' a lover's blues, produced by Winehouse's secret weapon, Mark Ronson..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.70)
- "Over crafty retro-soul arrangements helmed in part by BACK TO BLACK producer Mark Ronson, Adele croons lovelorn lyrics in a smoky voice much more mature than her 20 years would suggest."

Q (Magazine)
(p.105)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Adele's songs possess an ageless classicism....These are extremely grown-up songs in terms of emotional scope and musical arrangement."

Clash (magazine)
(p.62)
- Ranked #38 in Clash's "The 40 Best Albums of 2008" -- "[A] mature, heart-stopping collection that defied her years with a gorgeous voice to match."

URB (Magazine)
(p.88)
- "[T]he acoustic ruggedness of the instrumentation appears significantly well-thought out and certainly matches Adele's heartfelt chops."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Adele
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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