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posted on 10.28.09


Her voice is like lightly oiled sandpaper. With nary a struggle, she manages to sneak in a well-intentioned squeak every so often. That smooth, vintage sound seeps from her voice as easy as Sunday conversation, and it is those long notes, those quirky adlibs, that reassure us there is something special within this 21 year old Brit

Aside from those untouchable pipes, Adele plays the guitar and wrote many of the songs on her debut album, 19.


"The whole album is about being between 18 and 19; about love," Adele says, according to Adele.tv. Those lyrics hold real meaning for her generation, while maintaining a classic soul feel. Songs like "Melt My Heart to Stone," "Cold Shoulder" and "Chasing Pavements" evoke pain, sincerity and vulnerability rarely successfully conveyed through words. Layering her rich, fearless voice over these words is a lethal combination that may induce tears, chills, or even the desire to say, "You go girl." This in addition to her coolness and refusal to be anything than exactly what she is make Adele one of the most admirable and hopeful singers of the 21st century.

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