If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably know that I'm a staunch fan of Adele. A few years ago, Adele's track "Hometown Glory" hit the states. It was a song that became instantly popular in her native Britain, which fortunately for us bled into popularity here in the states. To boot, she wrote it when she was just 16 years old! She found success with her debut album 19, going to far as to win Best New Artist at the 2009 Grammys.
Tomorrow she unleashes her sophomore LP 21 here in North America. I've had a chance to listen to the album already, and I cannot stop singing praises for both her and the new album. Vocal control has always been one of the young singer's strength, and she's only amplified the mastery of her own voice. The songs perfectly compliment her voice and each other. Inasmuch as 19 had strong songs yet lacked cohesiveness, 21 is a polished listening experience from begin to end. There are obviously tracks which are stronger than others, but as a whole I didn't find myself wanting to hit the skip button. That's not to say I used it very much the last time, natch. Because upon revisiting the album, I can say all the accolades she received for her debut were well-deserved. The first track from the new album to take hold stateside was the heartbreaking 'Someone Like You.' I hate to say I identify with nearly every line in the song. But really, for it's grim subject matter, I see the song as slightly uplifting in that despite heartbreaking loss, it's possible to move on respectfully. Blah, blah, blah. Watch the video below and see her explain the song, then perform it live in her own home. Also, if you run across the Jools Holland performance on youtube, watch it. Her voice... shew lord. Also, listen to one of my favorite tracks, 'Rumour Has It.' There's something devilishly fun about this song.
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HA! Eat it, haters. However, to my friends in California, I still give you a free pass to bitch and moan. For whatever reason, AT&T's network in California just isn't up to snuff. If I were a bettin' man, I'd bet it was because there are so many damn people out that way that it's simply a drag on the network. Of course, you could turn that observation on it's head and say "well why isn't the same true for Verizon?" My answer to that would be, AT&T's network allows you to do a lot at one time. Verizon takes a more restrained approach, thus freeing up it's airwaves to run smoother. You take the good, you take the bad, etc, etc. Speaking from one who lives in a psuedo-Southern state – Kentucky isn't necessarily 'South' and it isn't in the MidWest... it's just really, well, 'Mid' – I have to say that my AT&T service is spectacular. I live in the capitol, halfway between the two metropolitan cities of Kentucky. Since the capitol population is small, there aren't nearly enough users to create a drag on the airwaves, but the location ensures a 3G connection. What's more, we're on a separate grid than Lexington, despite being only 25 miles away so if they go down, we're fine. Now that I've given you an idea about the 3G-ography of Kentucky (heyohhhhhh) I'll stop and say, cell networks are a fickle thing. What might be best for some, might not be best for all. I've always had nothing but great service from AT&T even in the iPhone's early life when I didn't live in a 3G enabled town, not to mention the first generation iPhone wasn't even 3G capable. But I bring this all up just to revel in the fact that everyone shat upon AT&T for so long, but as it turns out, across the board, it's not worth the bitching. The real problem lies in our human nature to complain after becoming bored with the status quo. AT&T iPhone beats Verizon in nationwide 3G speed tests - CNN.com.Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman