21

21

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by Adele
     
 

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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.See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2011
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886974469926
catalogNumber:
744699
Rank:
213

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adele   Primary Artist,Vocals
Stephanie Bennett   Harp
Ray Carless   Tenor Saxophone
Carmen Carter   Choir, Chorus
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Caroline Dale   Strings
Jim Gilstrap   Choir, Chorus
David Hidalgo   Banjo,Accordion
Noel Langley   Trumpet
Chris Laurence   Strings
Rita Manning   Strings
Pino Palladino   Bass
James Poyser   Piano
Julia Tillman Waters   Choir, Chorus
Cathy Thompson   Strings
Carmen Twillie   Choir, Chorus
Oren Waters   Choir Director
Dan Wilson   Piano
Terry Young   Choir, Chorus
Smokey Hormel   Guitar
Peter Lale   Strings
Patrick Kiernan   Strings
Boguslaw Kostecki   Strings
Jackie Shave   Strings
Bruce White   Strings
David Daniels [cello]   Strings
Matt Sweeney   Guitar
Neil Cowley   Piano
Julian Leaper   Strings
Rachel Bolt   Strings
Paul Epworth   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Emlyn Singleton   Strings
Warren Zielinski   Strings
Fraser T. Smith   Piano,Bass Guitar
Harry Brown   Trombone
Chris Worsey   Strings
Wired Strings   Strings
Ryan Tedder   Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Hammond B3
Ruston Pomeroy   Violin
Jenny Sacha   Violin
Chris Dave   Drums
Ash Soan   Drums
Ben Thomas   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tom Pigott-Smith   Strings
Eleanor Mathieson   Violin
Josef Powell   Choir, Chorus
Jo Allen   Violin
Leo Taylor   Drums
Hayley Pomfrett   Violin
Jerrod Bettis   Acoustic Guitar,Drums
Stephanie Cavey   Violin
Kotono Sato   Violin
Lorna Maxine Waters   Choir, Chorus
Natalie Bonner   Violin
Steve Morris   Strings

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Simon Gallup   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Robert Smith   Composer
Porl Thompson   Composer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Greg Wells   Composer
Boris Williams   Composer
Dan Wilson   Composer,Producer
Roger O'Donnell   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Jim Abbiss   Producer
Greg Fidelman   Engineer
Paul Epworth   Composer,Producer
Fraser T. Smith   Composer,Producer
Harry Brown   Horn Arrangements
Ryan Tedder   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Dana Nielsen   Pro-Tools
Dan Parry   Vocal Engineer
Adele   Producer
Chris Elliot   String Arrangements
Rosie Danvers   String Arrangements
Francis White   Composer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
Adele Adkins   Composer
Philip Allen   Engineer
Mark Rankin   Engineer

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