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Review: Adele's 21

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Review of Adele’s “21” Two-time Grammy award winner Adele is back with her sophomore album “21.” And like the album’s title, which correlates with the young artist’s age, Adele’s voice has matured since her 2008 debut album “19.” (Ironically, the British songstress turned 22 just before the album’s release.)  The heartfelt lyrics and modest melodies on her first album suggest she was recovering from a broken heart.   But with faster tempo tracks like “Rumour Has It” and power ballads like “Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele proves she’s both an artist and a woman coming into her own. 

 

After winning best new artist and best female pop vocal at the 2009 Grammys for her hit song “Chasing Pavement” those who were not fans of Adele became converts.  Adele’s musical sound is a mix of blues, pop, and soul. Her voice is soulful, powerful, and virtually flawless.  Each song, which she sings effortlessly, has a message and tells a story.

The first single from “21,” “Rolling In The Deep,” is climbing up the charts. With its southern, almost gospel feel, the song talks about loving someone so much you just need to let them go. Of course, the song shows off her vocals skills, which no one would question.  Before she released a video for “Rolling In The Deep” the song was featured in movie trailers including “I Am Number Four,” a strategy many artists use to promote the lead singles off their new albums.

In her new album, Adele seems like she’s writing a love letter to someone. In “Someone Like You” she sings about an old love she has yet to get over: “Never mind I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don’t forget me, I beg. I remember you said sometimes it last in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.”

 

When Adele announced her first U.S. tour, every show sold out.  And due to the overwhelming response, she added more dates. In her second album Adele shows why you should know her name and music. Next year she’s sure to take home a couple Grammys for this album. Until then, be sure to add these songs to your playlist: “Rolling In The Deep,” “He Won’t Go,” “Someone Like You,” and “Don’t You Remember.”


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