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19 è l'album di debutto di Adele, pubblicato in Regno Unito il 28 gennaio 2008 dalla XL Recordings, pochi giorni dopo l'affermazione della cantautrice londinese come vincitrice del concorso "Sound of 2008", organizzato dalla BBC.

Grazie anche a una buona accoglienza da parte della critica, 19 ha debuttato al primo posto della UK Albums Chart, ed è in seguito stato certificato 8 volte disco di platino dalla British Phonographic Industry, per aver distribuito oltre 2 400 000 copie.

Il 10 giugno dello stesso anno, l'album è stato pubblicato, sotto etichetta Columbia, anche negli Stati Uniti, riuscendo a raggiungere la decima posizione nella Billboard 200 dove ha totalizzato 175 settimane in classifica.

A contribuire al successo del disco è stato anche il secondo singolo estratto da 19, Chasing Pavements che ha seguito la pubblicazione in vinile di Hometown Glory, avvenuta in Regno Unito il 22 ottobre 2007. Uscito il 13 gennaio 2008, il brano Chasing Pavements è arrivato fino alla seconda posizione della UK Singles Chart ed è in seguito diventato una hit internazionale. Dal disco sono in seguito stati estratti anche i due singoli Cold Shoulder e Make You Feel My Love, quest'ultimo cover dell'omonimo brano di Bob Dylan.

L'album ha rinnovato il proprio successo di vendite tra il 2010 e il 2011, in concomitanza con l'uscita del successivo 21, quando ha scalato nuovamente la classifica britannica degli album piazzandosi al secondo posto.[29] Nel febbraio 2012 le vendite mondiali dell'album erano pari a oltre 6.500.000 copie.

Nei primi sei mesi del 2012, l'album ha venduto 539.000 copie sul suolo statunitense.
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Album Review
It's easy to get the wrong impression about Adele. She looks like another Kate Nash, all Top Shop dresses and haircuts that only a mother could love. And the fact that she's been a fuss on MySpace for a while only ups the sense of trepidation. Add to that a Later… debut which came filled to the brim with nervous caterwauling, and hopes for her album aren't pitched particularly high.
This is why it's such a shock that it's a genuinely touching, maturely considered and brilliantly sung opus that belies her titular age. Listening to it for the first time is the aural equivalent of walking into one of those oh-so-quirky little bars that you expect to be filled with bland scenesters and discovering that everyone within is friendly and they're serving the finest soul food to fill you up with.
Pitching up somewhere between blues, folk and jazz, she's included something for everyone without ever pandering to a particular trend. Her melodies exude warmth, her singing is occasionally stunning and, in the dramatic Hometown Glory, the spiky cool of Cold Shoulder (which is unexpectedly reminiscent of Shara Nelson-era Massive Attack) and the piano epic Make You Feel My Love, she has tracks that make Lily Allen and Kate Nash sound every bit as ordinary as they are.
That said, there is a note of caution to be sounded. There's a danger of the hyperbole exceeding the actual potential here: The Brit Awards made her their first ever winner of the Critics' Choice award and the BBC's Sound of 2008 list named her as the most promising new music talent in UK, while one magazine compared her songbook with Leonard Cohen's! While she is undoubtedly good, she's not quite worthy of those accolades yet, as her voice lacks a little soul and her songwriting a little depth.
Adele is a fine prospect and a genuine talent, but just like Amy Winehouse, who went to the same performing arts school, her brilliance will truly shine when she's a little further into her career – though hopefully, she'll be better at handling the astronomical fame that awaits her than the crumbling Mrs Fielder-Civil.
19 is a great start, a solid base to build a career on and a wonderful reminder of just how great our home grown talent can be. Just goes to show that the old adage is true – you really can't go judging a pop star by their cover.
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