'Chasing Pavements', her first proper single, is a mellow, sensuous slice of old-school soul. Its teenager-in-love lyrics are fairly unremarkable, but Adele's voice is a revelation, steering the big, brassy chorus through its melodic twists and turns with consummate ease. In fact, as you realise the precise nature of that haunting emotion in her voice – bruised defiance, we'd call it - everything falls into place. Now that's what all the fuss is about.
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