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Adele - 21

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Item #: 13387898
    Personnel: Adele (vocals). Recording information: AirStudios, London, England; Angel Studios, London, England; Eastcote Studios, London, England; Harmony Studios, West Hollywood, CA; metropolis Studios, London, England; Myaudiotonic Studios, London, En......more

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Artist: Adele
Description:
Personnel: Adele (vocals). Recording information: AirStudios, London, England; Angel Studios, London, England; Eastcote Studios, London, England; Harmony Studios, West Hollywood, CA; metropolis Studios, London, England; Myaudiotonic Studios, London, England; Patriot Studios, Denver, CO; Serenity Sound, Hollywood, CA; Shangri La Studios, Malibu, CA; Sphere Studios, London, England; Wendyhouse Productions, London, England. Editor: Dana Nielsen. 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?" 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. ~ Matt Collar
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Rolling in the Deep
  2. 2 Rumour Has It
  3. 3 Turning Tables
  4. 4 Don't You Remember?
  5. 5 Set Fire to the Rain
  6. 6 He Won't Go
  7. 7 Take It All
  8. 8 I'll Be Waiting
  9. 9 One and Only
  10. 10 Lovesong
  11. 11 Someone Like You
Type:
Performer
Genre:
R&B
Subgenre:
Soul
Label:
Columbia Records
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
48 : 0
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Adele has toughened her tone, trimmed the jazz frippery and sounds ready for a pub fight....When the grooves are fierce, Adele gives as good as she gets." Rolling Stone (p.67) - Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "21 was this year's most stunning pop success....The sound is state-of-the-art retro soul..." Spin (p.75) - "[S]he wails harder and writes bolder, piling on the dramatic production flourishes to suggest a lover's apocalypse." Entertainment Weekly (p.83) - "[T]his album is that rarest pop commodity: timeless." -- Grade: A- Entertainment Weekly (p.99) - Ranked #1 in Entertainment Weekly's 'The Top 10 Albums Of 2011' -- "21 features a rare thing: a singer who can seriously sing, belting out inspired love songs inspired by another time on an album that feels genuinely timeless." Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Rolling In The Deep' sounds thrillingly like a girl group govering Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy,' 'Rumour Has It' is a driving, bluesy stomp and 'Take It All' has Aretha written all over it." Paste (magazine) - "On 21, she sounds refreshed and poised to attack....Adele emerges with a well-manicured batch of songs that, while still showcasing her interest in layered musicality, shoot straight for the pop charts..." Clash (magazine) - "Adele is sincere, poignant and affecting throughout; the emotive 'Someone Like You' closes the album magnificently."
UPC:
886974469926
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  • wonderful cd

    Award winning CD at a great price...What's not to like. Very happy with my purchase and the prompt delivery.

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  • Great

    As you know Adele is fantastic!

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    catskillmt Apr 21, 2015

  • 1335sassy

    'Adele 21' is a wonderful addition to our CD collection. Easy listening - she makes the world's troubles fade away! Very nice.

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    1335sassy Apr 21, 2015

  • Adele CD

    Really like the sound of Adele, great music for a good value.

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    Judy S. Feb 27, 2015

  • Still Fresh In 2013!

    Adele's Diamond Award Certified 21 still sounds as current now as when it was released in 2011. I eagerly anticipate her next album.

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    broken530 from Chico, CA, Aug 7, 2013

  • Love the cd

    It is a brand new cd, It plays well and is not scratched. Has good sound. what more can I say.

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