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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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: 2/22/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886974469926
  • Catalog Number: 744699
  • Sales rank: 4,811

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rolling in the Deep (3:48)
  2. 2 Rumour Has It (3:43)
  3. 3 Turning Tables (4:10)
  4. 4 Don't You Remember? (4:03)
  5. 5 Set Fire to the Rain (4:01)
  6. 6 He Won't Go (4:37)
  7. 7 Take It All (3:48)
  8. 8 I'll Be Waiting (4:01)
  9. 9 One and Only (5:48)
  10. 10 Lovesong (5:16)
  11. 11 Someone Like You (4:45)
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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
The 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Simply breathtaking

    Adele's sophomore effort is absolutely amazing. She takes my breath away with every song. DO NOT MISS OUT on this album. Every song gives you something different, and she never leaves you wanting. 21 is centered around a past relationship, and she takes you through every high and low, and gives you a sense of closure. MUCH LOVE to this album. I can only imagine that she will get better with every album. Cannot wait for the third one!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    Do not miss this one!

    The first time I heard Rolling in the Deep on the car radio I knew I had to hear it again, and again, and then, again. But from start to finish this album is unbelievable. She's good! I'm falling in love with One and Only. This is a talent that puts all the rest to shame. Such a powerful voice. This is blue-eyed soul at it's best.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    Adele Shoots For The Moon And Hits It

    When Adele first arrived three years ago with her debut album, "19", she proved she was a very adept singer-songwriter as well as a very good guitarist and pianist. No one had any idea how great her range was going to be. With the death of Amy Winehouse this summer, the mantle of the great blue-eyed, soulful British songstress has passed over to Adele. Dressed in a bouffant looking like Dusty Springfield (with a mouth like Eminem), Adele has managed to record not only a more superior album but what could be the album of the year. "21" was supposedly inspired by one of Adele's failed relationships (she won't say who). So, this record is her way of saying, "I've been hurt and now, I want everyone to know it!" That becomes apparent from the moment you hear the soaring opening track, "Rolling In The Deep". Her influences are all over the place on this album; for instance, "Rumour Has It", sounds like the best duet Annie Lennox and Amy Winehouse never recorded. She can even take a countryfied, almost "American Idol"esque tune like "Don't You Remember" and make it sound heartbreakingly genuine. However, Adele's finest moments are the acoustic tunes, particularly "Someone Like You", a piano-solo number which closes the album on an emotionally high note. Throughout the album, though, Adele aims for the moon and hits it, repeatedly. While singers like Taylor Swift write about heartbreak as if they were writing Hallmark sympathy cards, Adele has mentioned that her singing idol is Sinead O'Connor, who made a career of confessional, confrontational music that was once promising. If Adele doesn't get too messed up, she just might succeed. Right now, she is definitely the real deal.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Amazing!

    Adele is so ridiculously talented. This album sends you on a brilliant tour of musical genres with classic Adele style. And that voice...simply amazing! You're not living until you check it out...your soul (and ears) will thank you!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

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    Highly Recommended- must get album!!

    Adele's mesmerizing raspy voice is the perfect blend of blues and soul. With compelling original songs like "Someone Like You" and "Rolling in the Deep" you can't help but connect with her on a emotional level. Can't wait to see if she comes out with a new album soon. I am absolutely in love with her voice...must get album for sure!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Beautifully Written

    Adele puts her heart and soul into this album. I have not stop playing it yet. Amazing cd wonderfull song writer and singer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Absolutely outstanding!

    Beatiful lyrics sung by an amazing and pwerful voice, complimented by a piano in the background. I recommend this to ALL. It.s raw emotion, touching, relatable music.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

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    Adele Melodies

    "21" by Adele is very heartfelt and original. I was convinced to check out the cd when I saw my husband viewing the online video of one of the military females doing an excellent cover of "Rolling in the Deep". I also enjoy this cd because Adele put so much of her heart and her feelings about her former love into many of her songs. My favorite musical gem in "21" is Adele's cover of "Lovesong". "Lovesong" is a great song about loving someone through many years regardless of what happens in life. "21" by Adele is best to get for anyone that enjoys pop songs about the dramatic side of love.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Mind-blowingly good

    This album blew me away. Amazing stylistic range and what a voice!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Very strong and jazzy - check it out and you'll love it.

    Best album for 2011 but I've got it in my car and listen almostly daily. Love every song on it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

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    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    LOVE her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    21st Century Hybrid of Carole King and Bonnie Rait...

    Finally an artist that can appeal across the generational divide! This CD is for anyone that appreciates excellent arrangements, heartfelt lyrics and superior vocals on each track. The first time I heard 'Someone like You' was on the radio. Let me tell you I cried driving back home. I knew right then and there this CD was worth the money. Adele takes me back to my very young days of Carole King and my
    not-so-young days of Bonnie Rait. For me her true artistry is on full display with two songs that showcase her talent: 'Turning Tables'(my favorite), and 'Rumour Has It'. She is timeless and retro... and extraordinarily gifted!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    Unbelievibly Soulful

    I absolutely love this CD. Adele has topped herself. The accoustatics and ad lib vocals are perfect. I can't stop playing this CD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    LOVED it.!

    I absolutely love Adele's music, voice, and lyrics. She keeps her tracks simple, but her voice is so strong and carries so well that if she made just an acapella song it would be perfect, in my opinion. I would tell anyone to listen to her music!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    rick rubin has destroyed adele!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thank you rick rubin for destroying another great musician!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Another great Adele cd.

    Another great Adele cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    adele has an amazing voice and has great songs. skyfall is my fa

    adele has an amazing voice and has great songs. skyfall is my favorite, and is also a song we will be performing in marching band!

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    she is very good!

    she is very good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    I love this cd of Adele. She is a great singer and she is so be

    I love this cd of Adele. She is a great singer and she is so beautiful. can't wait to see what kind of albums she will make in the future. She's talented :-)

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    A wonderful vocal bluesy soul album with a number of excellent i

    A wonderful vocal bluesy soul album with a number of excellent individual songs.

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