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3.0 out of 5 stars Great songs... poor quality..., January 20, 2009
This review is from: 19 (Audio CD)
My partner's and my love affair with Adele was a slow-starter. We first heard her on SNL. As we heard "Chasing Pavements" every now and then, we'd say to one another, "I think I like that song, " then "I'm really starting to love that song," then "We have to buy that CD."

Well we bought the CD at Christmas time. I have got to say we love all the songs. LOVE THEM. We are the kind of people who will listen to something over and over until we are sick. The back buttons on all our CD players are worn from repeatedly listening to the same tracks over and over.

It would be the same with 19 if the quality of the recording wasn't so damn poor! It's horribly distorted and difficult to listen to unless the equalizer is set to flat. I thought it was our stereo at first, then perhaps that the CD was damaged but I have seen a few other comments on the web about the quality of the recording. It's a shame because it really distracts from the pleasure of listening to the album and robs her great voice of its depth.
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2012 8:06:05 PM PST
texag93 says:
I agree with you completely! The music is wonderful, but the recording quality of the CD is miserable. I'm surprised that more people haven't noticed it. Hopefully she will put out a remastered version soon.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 4:55:45 PM PST
"21" has the same sound quality issues. Another victim of the loudness wars.

Posted on May 18, 2013 11:13:57 AM PDT
The MAN says:
@Jennifer: You're joking right? How many albums have you listened to critically? What speakers and amplifiers are you using? What has been done to set up your listening room? (Sound treatments, speaker placement, etc.) What real audiophile would use bass and treble controls if not to achieve a "flat" equalization? Do you understand that when an album is recorded by a producer and sound engineer, that they are the ones who know what they are doing, not you with your hand on an EQ preset button? If you want to listen to a recording as it was intended, then you should not attempt to "equalize" it yourself. Funny how someone would be surprised that an album sounds good only with flat equalization. News flash. An album that sounds bad with flat equalization is either of poor quality or one of the areas I listed above (equipment, setup, room design) is at fault. This album suffers none of these. The second disc with the live acoustic performance is mind-blowingly good. I'll happily set my EQ to "flat" and continue enjoying it.
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