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Performers Adele

Beggars Group | February 22, 2011 | Compact Disc

21 is rated 4.375 out of 5 by 8.
Adele's 2009 debut album, 19, was a Grammy-winning smash hit that revealed the British singer/songwriter's knack for bittersweet soul and folk-infused love songs that brought to mind an infectious mix of Dusty Springfield and Terry Callier. The album earned her a ton of fans, and interest was high for the inevitable follow-up. In many ways, her sophomore album, the similarly age-appropriate-titled 21, is a continuation of the sounds and themes Adele was working with on 19. She is still the bluesy pop diva with a singer/songwriter's soul and seemingly bottomless capacity for heartbreak. The best thing the album does is to showcase Adele's titanic vocal ability, which -- more than a few times on 21 -- is simply spine-tingling. Last time around we got the gauzy, Callier-esque folk-soul ballad "Daydreamer" to slowly draw us into the album; here, Adele immediately injects us with the propulsive gospel fever-blues anthem "Rolling in the Deep." While the track certainly owes a heavy debt to the punk-blues of Beth Ditto and the Gossip, it is also ridiculously sexy and one of the best singles of any decade. Elsewhere, we get tracks like the blues-inflected Ryan Tedder co-write "Rumour Has It" and the old-school-style soul cut "He Won't Go," which are terrifically catchy, booty-shaking numbers and exactly the kind of songs you want and expect from Adele. Similarly enthralling is the centerpiece of the album, the mega-ballad showstopper "Take It All." Co-written by her "Chasing Pavements" partner Francis White, the song begins with Adele proclaiming "Didn't I give it all?" Delivered starkly at first with Adele set against simple piano accompaniment and later backed by a gospel choir, it's an instant-classic sort of song in the tradition of "The Rose," "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going," and "All by Myself" that could stand over the years as a career landmark for the singer and a cathartic moment for fans who identify with their idol's Pyrrhic lovelorn persona. Ultimately, Adele does give us her all on 21, and for now that is enough. [A version was released with four bonus tracks.] ~ Matt Collar

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 22, 2011

Genre: Soul

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2011

Label Name: Beggars Group

UPC: 634904052027

Found in: Soul

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing voice! Adele's voice is very captivating…deep and unique…sets her apart from other artists these days. I was pleasantly surprised when I first heard her sing on an awards show about a year ago and have been looking forward to purchasing her music since then. I (finally) purchased "21" about a month ago and have listened to it often. It has become a favourite of mine and I was pleased to discover that my husband enjoyed it, as well. I love that I can "feel" her music and look forward to hearing more of it in the near future. What an amazing voice!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from adele 21 No, no, no.  Her voice is drowned out by the drums. Only listened to two tracks. YMB
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Very Moving" I did not know who Adele was till i came across something on youtube seems everyone was singing her songs. I than went to youtube to have a listen, Well youi could have knocked me over i was surprised ans very impressed with the voice i was listening to. so Deep and bluesy .I absolutely love her music, hence the reason i had to buy her cd right away.
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many Generations Wrapped into One The release of Adele's new album "21" appeals to many generations. Many of the songs off this album are topping the top music charts for young and old. The theme constant throughout this album is a more dated generation but has a youthful tone and perception. I had personally bought this album and I actually enjoy all the songs on it. Some of the songs are filled with anger, regret, frustration and emotional upset. While others are filled with love, joy, happiness and contentment. The lyrics are deep, heartfelt thought being shared from personal experiences. I think anyone who buys this album will enjoy it very much and will want to hear the next album from Adele.
Date published: 2012-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great I believe Adele is one of the best artists out there. She has inspiring music, and an amazing voice. Her album is very heart-filled and everyone can enjoy it no matter what. She is not one of those artists whose whole album is auto-toned or made by 50 different song-writers (not that it is an issue) but she wrote all the songs herself, they all came from her heart. Not many artists can do what she can do, and not many artists can win 6 Grammys in the first year of being famous! Adele is great and I am sure anyone who has this album agrees. A definite must buy!
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from phenomenal One of the best artists to come along in a very long time. This is such a great alum, I cannot stop listening to it. I enjoy set fire to the rain, turning tables, and rumor has it. Way to bring back music back to music Adele. It’s an amazing collection of expressing emotions her voice is incredible. On 21 her vocals are not only even more powerful than before, but this time it’s power is mirrored in that of the music, a fact that sees the songs come alive to stunning effect. A magnificent achievement, it’s also well produced.
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Adele’s latest album, 21, is a brilliant masterpiece that speaks to generations. This album is composed of songs that touch on themes and ideas of love—both requited and unrequited—that transcends time, age, race, and social standing. Her excellent choice in lyrics also helps to give the listener window into the soul to see what cannot be seen: pure emotion. Finally, the melodious beats and rhythms complement her powerful and natural voice, causing her album to stand out against the cookie cutter musicians of today. In conclusion, this fabulous album can be enjoyed by listeners of all age groups.
Date published: 2011-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adele is a True Gem I was introduced to Adele's music a few years ago by a special friend who lives in SW Scotland. I love every one of Adele's songs and lyrics for they touch one's heart and soul regardless of age and gender. Her voice is absolutely amazing and has mesmerising qualities.
Date published: 2011-07-03

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21

Performers Adele

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 22, 2011

Genre: Soul

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2011

Label Name: Beggars Group

UPC: 634904052027


Title Track Time
1.Rolling in the Deep --
2.Rumour Has It --
3.Turning Tables --
4.Don't You Remember? --
5.Set Fire to the Rain --
6.He Won't Go --
7.Take It All --
8.I'll Be Waiting --
9.One and Only --
10.Lovesong --
11.Someone Like You --
12.Turning Tables [Live Acoustic] --
13.Don't You Remember? [Live Acoustic] --
14.Someone Like You [Live Acoustic] --

Editorial Notes

Adele's 2009 debut album, 19, was a Grammy-winning smash hit that revealed the British singer/songwriter's knack for bittersweet soul and folk-infused love songs that brought to mind an infectious mix of Dusty Springfield and Terry Callier. The album earned her a ton of fans, and interest was high for the inevitable follow-up. In many ways, her sophomore album, the similarly age-appropriate-titled 21, is a continuation of the sounds and themes Adele was working with on 19. She is still the bluesy pop diva with a singer/songwriter's soul and seemingly bottomless capacity for heartbreak. The best thing the album does is to showcase Adele's titanic vocal ability, which -- more than a few times on 21 -- is simply spine-tingling. Last time around we got the gauzy, Callier-esque folk-soul ballad "Daydreamer" to slowly draw us into the album; here, Adele immediately injects us with the propulsive gospel fever-blues anthem "Rolling in the Deep." While the track certainly owes a heavy debt to the punk-blues of Beth Ditto and the Gossip, it is also ridiculously sexy and one of the best singles of any decade. Elsewhere, we get tracks like the blues-inflected Ryan Tedder co-write "Rumour Has It" and the old-school-style soul cut "He Won't Go," which are terrifically catchy, booty-shaking numbers and exactly the kind of songs you want and expect from Adele. Similarly enthralling is the centerpiece of the album, the mega-ballad showstopper "Take It All." Co-written by her "Chasing Pavements" partner Francis White, the song begins with Adele proclaiming "Didn't I give it all?" Delivered starkly at first with Adele set against simple piano accompaniment and later backed by a gospel choir, it's an instant-classic sort of song in the tradition of "The Rose," "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going," and "All by Myself" that could stand over the years as a career landmark for the singer and a cathartic moment for fans who identify with their idol's Pyrrhic lovelorn persona. Ultimately, Adele does give us her all on 21, and for now that is enough. [A version was released with four bonus tracks.] ~ Matt Collar
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