Adele

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My Favorite New Music
"I was driving to pick up my kids when I first heard Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep.' I immediately turned it all the way up—and had I not been on the freeway I might've even pulled over. She was conveying something extremely big and powerful, but it wasn't overstated or understated, just perfectly stated. She reminded me of Aretha or Marvin Gaye, whose power was in the purity of their tone, not in how many ways they could twist a vowel around."

—Ben Harper, singer-songwriter; his latest album, Give Till It's Gone, came out in May
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