25 July 2008

Mercury Month: Adele

Who: 20-year-old London-born singer/songwriter Adele Adkins.

What Is She Nominated For: "19", a critically acclaimed set of songs that focuses on hometown life and heartbreak.

Why She Should Win: It's hard for me to say since I'm not a fan but she has achieved a lot for such a young age - everyone knew that either she or Duffy would gain a nomination and Adele probably got the nod because of her youth. Her songs have been described as heartfelt, soulful and down-to-earth.

Chances of Winning: Bookmakers have put her at 6/1, on a par with Burial and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. The front runners Last Shadow Puppets and Radiohead both have odds of 5/1 so it can definitely be said that she's in with a chance. Personally I wouldn't vote for her; despite "Chasing Pavements" being a hit, it wasn't much of a song. Repeating a chorus over and over again with only one verse and making it sound different by lowering your voice now and then isn't a big achievement. Anyone could do that - and the same could be said for "Cold Shoulder". I think her best song is "Hometown Glory" but the judges will maybe pick her because she seems so innocent.

What I'm Listening To Right Now: "Attention" by The Raconteurs

Thanks to www.banquetrecords.com/graphics for the pic!


  1. Hi JamJarSuperstar! Thanks again for the lovely comments on my blog. Please do add me to your blogroll - and I will do the same!

    I'm happy to have found your blog, because I am woefully behind on the new music scene ... NYC radio sucks! LOL

    Have a great day!


  2. so young and so talented right. hey scarlet, i'm wondering if you also write songs and sing your songs? do you play any kind of music instrument?

  3. I hope its cool enough to post lol.
    stay tuned though!
    if i dont post it ill definitely try to make another even cooler one!

    and i love adele by the way..where do you find all the undiscovered musicians and stuff?

  4. hi there
    i came to you from your post in group google to share blogs
    and found them to be really intersting, whats the story with name
    keep it up

  5. Adele is filling a gap. I can see her appeal. If I hadn't heard the people wo influenced her in the first place, then yeah I'd maybe consider her. A nice alternative to the ususal
    girly singer, but not alternative enough.

  6. Hi Scarlet - and thanks for your continued presence on my blog. I can't tell you how I appreciate it!

    I'll pop on over to iTunes and check out Adele. Thanks for the recommendation! Like Lauren, I'm curious about how you find out about all these musicians? And are you a musician yourself??

    Your public wants to know! LOL


  7. Loving this set of post, please keep it up.

  8. She shouldn't win. She's Ok, but no substitute for a voice like Alison Moyet or Amy Whinehouse.

    When you can stop my by thursday post.

    A little something to for you.


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