Reading the original press release for the debut from now bigger-than-the-Earth-itself singer Adele, it's surprising to learn that amongst her influences are Bjork, Jeff Buckley and the Cure. Nice try from XL to create an underground buzz around an artist whose fanbase ended up more Whitney Houston than Whitney the band. These mature-beyond-her-years (over) emotive weepers set her on a course for mainstream success with her forthcoming 21 and 25 records. A titling process that will surely have worn off before she makes her 47 album.
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Hot tip for world domination is Adele with her debut album 19. Fortunately I've just bought my brand new enormous coffee table and I'm gonna put it in the middle of the road as that is where this music lies. Sure she's got a great voice which 'sounds' very soul.. I wouldn't knock that. The girl can sing and she seems top be able to string a song together. She does have a very similar warble to Amy Winehouse and I suspect she'll be appealing to the same mob of fans out there. All I can think of is Jools Holland and Mojo... She is so gonna be on 'Later with the Gremlin' every week...... and on the cover of every Mojo for eternity. Mumrock for the masses.... I'm gonna get me a vinyl of this when it comes out and leave it on my coffee table as vinyl is well retro. Ooh what big coasters you have Phil?? 'They match my big coffee table you know....' Wetro.
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