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Soul Searching: Lisa Stansfield's Favourite Albums
John Freeman , April 3rd, 2014 06:51

With the release of her first album in ten years, Lisa Stansfield talks to John Freeman about 13 albums that each occupies a little piece of her heart.


Adele - 21
I think that this album, to me, is a true work of art. It was the pivotal album that made me really think I could come back again as her record is a very similar thing to what I do and what I am good at – telling a story and letting out emotion. Whereas before the success of 21, I would never even have ventured into making a new album as I just thought no one would listen to what I've got to say. I knew when I listened to Adele that there was a chance for me and I could put my foot in the water again.

It's strange the way a career can develop. If everything is lined up then it all works out. I should be about talent, but sometimes it is about who else it out there, what's happening in the industry or something that might be going on in fashion or films, which can all tie into whether an artist is successful or not.

On this particular album, the songwriting is so strong. Of course it does depend on who is singing the song, but you need a good song to start with. People will still be moved by a good song whoever it is sung by, but what you have with Adele is great songwriting and a great singer.