Picks and Pans Review: Adele

updated 06/23/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/23/2008 01:00AM

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Amy Winehouse better watch out: The "new Amys" are coming on strong in '08. On the heels of Estelle and Duffy, Adele is continuing the charge of retro-soul chanteuses from the U.K. And this 20-year-old Londoner is arguably the best of them all. Her smashing debut—which opened at No. 1 in the U.K. after it was released there last January—seamlessly weaves R&B, pop, jazz, folk and blues into her own torchy tapestry. With a knockout voice that's rich and supple, robust and sultry, it's hard to believe that this singer-songwriter is barely out of her teens.
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