Adele – 21
It doesn’t take long to fall in love with the British soul-pop singer Adele. In fact, the opening track, “Rolling In The Deep,” on her sophomore release, 21, hooks you right in. Who can resist the smoky, sexy voice complemented with the damn catchy beat? The second track, “Rumor Has It,” gets even better. In addition to the memorable melody, the hypnotic drum claps and the savor jazz keyboard lick, the punchline is dead on: “You made my heart melt, yet I’m cold to the core / But rumour has it. I’m the one you’re leaving her for.” On the slow pop ballad, “Don’t You Remember,” so pours her heart out more like an old soul than a twenty-one-year-old girl. 21 has a few stalled moments, but the album is definitely worth listening.