A debut from the multi-platinum selling artist. Adele Adkins was just 19 (hence the album's title) when she put these 12 tracks to tape. It is easy to name Adele as another Kate Nash, all top-shop-dresses and haircuts. But listening to this collection of world-weary laments about no-good, two-timing men, you'd be forgiven for thinking Adele was decades older, and this is why it's such a sudden surprise that it's an innocently touching, wisely considered and brilliantly vocal opus that belies her ostensible age. Throughout 19, Adele pines for what every girl wants: someone to love her for who she is. Alas, that's not something she's experienced much of if these songs (all but one of which she wrote or co-wrote) are any indication. And the fact that she's been a concern on MySpace for a while only ups the sense of trepidation. Add to that a debut which came filled to the brim with nervous caterwauling and hopes for her album isn't pitched particularly high. Fellow crooners like Kate Nash and Amy Winehouse, Adele Adkins refined her skills at the Brit School in South London, though her debut topped the British Charts and it shows off a vocal instrument that smokes the competition, it lacks the bad-girl brio of those grads. Adele Adkins, pitching up somewhere between blues, folk, and jazz, she's included something for everyone without ever pandering to a particular trend.