12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adele Adkins recorded her debut when she was still in her teens, but the gravitas and interpretative skill she exhibits on the stripped-down soul-pop of 19 reveal a timeless talent. The introspective “Chasing Pavements” and the biting “Cold Shoulder” showcase her supple alto, which brings her lyrics’ deep-seated emotions to the fore; her sweetly smitten cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” turns its professions of devotion into honey drops. A stirring introduction from one of the 21st century’s pop luminaries.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adele Adkins recorded her debut when she was still in her teens, but the gravitas and interpretative skill she exhibits on the stripped-down soul-pop of 19 reveal a timeless talent. The introspective “Chasing Pavements” and the biting “Cold Shoulder” showcase her supple alto, which brings her lyrics’ deep-seated emotions to the fore; her sweetly smitten cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” turns its professions of devotion into honey drops. A stirring introduction from one of the 21st century’s pop luminaries.

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About Adele

Dozens of British artists share Adele’s origins—BRIT School, MySpace, pop stardom—but it takes rare talent to have your voice declared timeless in your career’s first flush. Adele honed hers as a kid in her North London bedroom, imitating Etta James every night for an hour. But as soon as she made her televised debut in 2007 (on Later...With Jools Holland), all potential comparisons evaporated: This girl with the whopping hoop earrings and a pub landlady’s brashness had something unique. Heartbreak, indignation, and regret all found a natural home in her regal mezzo-soprano, the instrument that powered her 2008 debut album, 19, and took influence from the American South on 2011’s 21. Both of these albums broke records for breaking records, and made a subsequent operation on Adele’s vocal cords a matter of global import. She recovered immaculately—for proof, watch her comeback performance of “Rolling in the Deep” at the 2012 Grammys—and it took just one word to reintroduce her in 2015. “Hello,” she sang during an X Factor ad break, unveiling her world-conquering single and third album, 25, in the process. Like its predecessors, 25 upended 21st-century metrics and made Adele the first artist to earn the top-selling album of a calendar year three times. She’s now a mother and wife, and the agony of twenty-something heartbreak is well behind her. But if any voice were ever capable of carrying its owner into maturity, it’s hers.

HOMETOWN
Tottenham, London, England
GENRE
Pop
BORN
05 May 1988

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