19 – Adele
Condition: Brand New
The 19-year-old Brit made her breakthrough in England with her first single "Chasing Pavements": The number entered the single charts even before the release of the record, solely through digital sales. The longplayer "19" shot right at the pole position of the album lists. You don't need a glass ball to predict that 2008 will be the year of Adele!
Born in Tottenham and raised in Brixton, the young lady started playing guitar, writing songs and singing at the tender age of 14. Her influences range from Billie Holiday to Dusty Springfield to Björk. Their first commercial single is bluesy, melancholic and soulful at the same time and prompted the Sunday Times to say "A Star Is Born", while Q magazine stated "The voice of next year"
The time-honoured BBC had also predicted it: "Adele is the British music critics' biggest up-and-coming hope for 2008". This was the result of the "Sound of 2008 Poll", a traditional expert survey conducted by the BBC among around 150 music journalists, critics, radio and TV producers. Former Poll winners include acts such as Mika (2007) and Corinne Bailey Rae (2006).
There's nothing to complain about the press quality of the two vinyl discs, and the sound quality is also very decent for a current pop production, despite some compression." (stereo, 06 / 2011)
Label: XL Recordings
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK & Europe