Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Adele breaks records with a voice that grabs a hold of your heart

Adele (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
For all those missing that British songstress who found her way to rehab instead of to the studio, Adele offers up a like-minded soul-gripping, vocally gorgeous range of powerhouse pop on her new album “21.”

Adele’s “voice sounds as if it's being yanked out of her chest through the throat of someone much older; someone shouldering more painful stories and a far larger chest cavity,” as NPR calls it. Her latest album is filled with “songs of understated loveliness and soon-to-be ubiquity geared toward Starbucks-goers, NPR listeners and your mom,” the Post’s Allison Stewart writes.

Just this week, her album reached a new record in the United Kingdom. It topped the best selling record list for the 10th week in a row, the longest time at number one for a solo female singer, beating out Madonna’s record set in 1990.

Here’s Adele, in all her heart-wrenching glory at a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR:

(Thank you, Katie!)

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