Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Adele

  • 19 [XL/Columbia, 2008] *
  • 21 [XL/Columbia, 2011] **
  • 25 [XL/Columbia, 2015] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

19 [XL/Columbia, 2008]
Still just a teenager, a practical romantic gets by without acting cheeky ("Daydreamer," "Tired"). *

21 [XL/Columbia, 2011]
Part of me likes how many albums this proud white-soul normal has sold, but the part that likes fast ones wins ("Rolling in the Deep," "Rumour Has It") **

25 [XL/Columbia, 2015]
Warm, thoughtful human being bestows a voice capable of enlarging those virtues without melodrama--without boatloads of melodrama, anyway. ("Hello," "Million Years Ago") **