Adele - 19Regular price £17.00
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.