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Personnel: Adele (vocals). Recording information: AIR Studios; Angel Studios, London; Eastcote Studios, London; Harmony Studios, West Hollywood, CA; Metropolis Studios, London; MyAudiotonic Studios, London; Patriot Studios, Denver, CO; Serenity Sound, ...

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Personnel: Adele (vocals). Recording information: AIR Studios; Angel Studios, London; Eastcote Studios, London; Harmony Studios, West Hollywood, CA; Metropolis Studios, London; MyAudiotonic Studios, London; Patriot Studios, Denver, CO; Serenity Sound, Hollywood, CA; Shangri La Studios, Malibu, CA; Sphere Studios, London; Wendyhouse Productions, London; XL Studios, London. Photographer: Lauren Dukoff. 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?" Deli...

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Dimensions 6.0x4.0x0.5
UPC 4712765166063
Runtime 55 min.
Type Single
Genre R&B
Sub Genre Soul
Label High Note
Number of Discs 1
Format Compact Disc
Spars Coding DDD

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  • Adele-borne to sing

    this young lady was born to sing,love her. she just gets better with time.

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  • Adele Won Me Over

    Adele trancends genres in her best seling, Grammy and BRIT winning 2nd outing. 21 spans pop, soul and even country. A bonus on this edition is the historic pre-release single "Rolling In The Deep" along with the previously unreleased "If It Hadn't Been For Love". This is one of the very few albums that not only meets the hype, but far exceeds it.

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  • Adele-21

    Please note your shipping on products: this album arrived via UPS (placed in mailbox); album case was in plastic bits, scattering all over when package opened. UPS is very unreliable in package integrity and accurate location delivery, at least in this area. I haven't received the second album ordered but I'm pleased it was sent by postal service. Type of shipping will influence my purchase of other fragile objects.

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  • Adele - 21

    Adele is an amazing musician Looking forward to more of her.

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  • Beautiful album, more than I expected

    Great cd , if you like Sade you will like this album.

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