Adele - 21 Album Review

21 is the second album by English singer-songwriter Adele. It’s the follow up to Adele’s critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning debut album “19” (both named after her age at the time the songs were written).
Recorded in Malibu and London, 21 offered Adele the opportunity to work with such luminary producers and songwriters as Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Dan Wilson and Fraser T. Smith, as well as continuing to work with Francis “Eg” White and Jim Abbiss. “21″ was released on 19 January 2011 in Japan, 24 January in the UK, in the US was released on 22 February 2011.

In the past two years, Adele has refined and reinvented her unique sound that always puts her aching yet powerful vocals and lyrics at the forefront. These are songs that could have been released in the 60s as easily as 30 years from now. Adele has injected her trademark piano ballads with the best from several different musical genres including Americana roots and country, r&b, blues and gospel. The music is exciting and simply is. It lives, breathes.

adele 21 album cover
Adele - 21 Album Cover

Adele - 21 Track Listing

1. “Rolling in the Deep” - 3:48
2. “Rumour Has It” - 3:43
3. “Turning Tables” - 4:10
4. “Don’t You Remember” - 4:03
5. “Set Fire to the Rain” - 4:02
6. “He Won’t Go” - 4:38
7. “Take It All” - 3:48
8. “I’ll Be Waiting” - 4:01
9. “One and Only” - 5:48
10. “Lovesong” - 5:16
11. “Someone Like You” - 4:45

iTunes bonus track

12. “I Found a Boy” - 3:37

Target Deluxe Edition Bonus CD

1. “Need You Now (cover of song by Lady Antebellum)” - 3:40
2. “Someone Like You (Live Acoustic)” - 5:14
3. “Turning Tables (Live Acoustic)” - 4:20
4. “Don’t You Remember (Live Acoustic)” - 4:18

Rolling in the Deep” was released on 29 November 2010 in the Netherlands as the first single from the album. It debuted at number 4 on the chart, before climbing to reach no 2 the following week. It also reached number one in Germany. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 16 January 2011, and peaked at number 2.
The single was described by Adele as a “dark bluesy gospel disco tune”.
Someone Like You” is the second single from the album due to high download sales from the release of the album with the single reaching #1 in the UK. Adele performed the song at the 2011 Brit Awards.

This new collection of songs showcases the growth of this incredible artist, who at the very young age of twenty two, exhibits the poise of a seasoned veteran. Adele’s music takes some new direction while staying true to her signature style. “I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with. Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever - Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor. There’s something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired 21.”

The songs on 21 showcase her amazing voice through beautiful, deep prose and an awesome new musical style. Adele continues to impress her fans while remaining true to herself.

Album Information

Released 19 January 2011
Recorded 2010
Genre Neo soul, blues
Length 46:02
Label XL, Columbia
Producer Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Jim Abbiss, Fraser T Smith, Ryan Tedder, Dan Wilson

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