12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On 21, Adele sings of loss and vulnerability with an assertive voice that burns with fury as she gains momentum. With production by Rick Rubin and Paul Epworth, she picks up where she left off with 19— a bit older and wiser, influenced by the classics and new movements. “Rolling In the Deep” and “Someone Like You” scale new heights of misery, but it’s Adele’s conviction—not pity—that forms the lasting afterimage.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On 21, Adele sings of loss and vulnerability with an assertive voice that burns with fury as she gains momentum. With production by Rick Rubin and Paul Epworth, she picks up where she left off with 19— a bit older and wiser, influenced by the classics and new movements. “Rolling In the Deep” and “Someone Like You” scale new heights of misery, but it’s Adele’s conviction—not pity—that forms the lasting afterimage.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
48.3K Ratings

48.3K Ratings

tjreilly ,

Simply spectacular

Not even a hint of the dreaded sophomore slump. She's an artist to be treasured.

J.Me ,

Brilliant!

What else can be said of this album other than that it is simply amazing? Adele's voice is powerful, vulnerable, assured, and heartbreaking all in one fell swoop. While most of today's pop stars rely on auto-tune, guest rappers, and flashy video pyrotechnics, Adele brings music back to it's core and makes you feel and hear every word she sings. Dripping with emotion. Drenched in rawness. Dipped in heartache. Adele's "21" belies her age and leaves you salivating for the next chapter in her sure to be illustrious career. I smell a Grammy for 2011's Album of the Year.

William Carley ,

Flawless

People ignore raw vocal talent in favor of gimmick. Don't overlook Adele. Her voice is absolutely stunning. This album is one of the best of the past five years, no question.

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