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R&B Pick: Adele "Rumour Has It" more at hiphopdx.com
Watch out, Amy Winehouse! Today, Paul Lester warns us about a 19-year-old chanteuse who is after your crown. And yours too, Kate Nash
Hometown: South London.
The lineup: Adele.
The background: Sorry to be ghoulish, cavalier, Machiavellian and not a little flip, but the way things are going with Amy Winehouse, we're going to have to line up another indie/nu-soul/jazz chanteuse in the wings. Just in case, like. Because you never know when your favourite messed-up Mercury Prize loser is going to succumb to the excesses of fame and OD on tattoo ink. Adele, barely 19 but with a Jools Holland appearance as well as support slots with Jack Penate and Devendra Banhart already under her belt, has the gale-force vocal power of Southgate's Finest (and Most Self-Destructive) and the quirky charm of Kate Nash, one of many former New Band Of The Day alumni currently festooning the charts (he said, choking on his own hubris, although the taste is delicious). Returning to the plot, Adele, born in Tottenham and raised in Brixton, has been songwriting and playing guitar since she was 14, is a fan of everyone from Jill Scott and Peggy Lee to Billy Bragg and Jeff Buckley, and warbles soul-tinged tales of love turned sour, despite being young enough to remember blowing bubbles in the gym. She's going to be massive, in the commercial not physical sense ...more at guardian.co.uk
Adele’s success not only revived the music industry, but it formed the first consensus between critics, fans, and radio in a dog’s age. more at CultureMap Austin
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