Culling the Herd: Adele, Airborne Toxic Event

I know, the post title makes it sound like they're somehow related.  Or not.  When I have single songs, it's just going to roll that way.

Adele, “Chasing Pavements” – 5 stars.  Dig it.

I think this was a Starbucks freebie, and man, what a freebie it is.

Yeah, Adele has a truly fabulous voice, and the song is just quick enough and has a nice hook. I can’t believe she was…what?  19, when she recorded this?  Unbelievable.  Every retro-soul song should sound like this.

Allmusic’s review of the album uses the phrase “voluptuously funky,” which nails it.  That said - I have listened to her albums a couple of times, and…well, they get kinda boring, musically speaking.  Great voice, but at the moment owning one song seems like enough.

Airborne Toxic Event, “Half of Something Else” – 3 stars.  Hold it.

Another Starbucks freebie, if I'm not mistaken.

It’s okay.  I like the wall-of-sound approach, and I have the sneaking suspicion that it’s a really good song in an album context, and it’s not hard to imagine that it’s great when heard as part of a longer sequence…but it doesn’t grab me right out of the box.  I’ll keep it, and keep my ears open for more.