Out Tuesday 2/22

Us Rating: ***1/2

No sophomore slump here! Adele confirms she truly deserved that 2009 Best New Artist Grammy with this torchy, gut-wrenching follow-up to her lauded debut LP, 19. "Turn my sorrow into treasured gold," the British chanteuse, 21, roars on the stomping single "Rolling in the Deep." Indeed, even when slipping into acoustic quietude later on, her tales of torment are too stormy to pass up. (Columbia)