21 [LP]

21 [LP]

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. 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. [An LP version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2011
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886974469919
catalogNumber: 744699
Rank: 4487


  1. Rolling In the Deep
  2. Rumour Has It
  3. Turning Tables
  4. Don't You Remember
  5. Set Fire To the Rain
  6. He Won't Go
  7. Take It All
  8. I'll Be Waiting
  9. One and Only
  10. Lovesong
  11. Someone Like You

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Performance Credits

Adele   Primary Artist

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21 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Bry_Z More than 1 year ago
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!
cat19lifes More than 1 year ago
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.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
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.
CassCass More than 1 year ago
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!
becks_q More than 1 year ago
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!
DeeJMDJ More than 1 year ago
Adele puts her heart and soul into this album. I have not stop playing it yet. Amazing cd wonderfull song writer and singer.
sdrosario1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
"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.
waflan More than 1 year ago
This album blew me away. Amazing stylistic range and what a voice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best album for 2011 but I've got it in my car and listen almostly daily. Love every song on it.
MeiShi More than 1 year ago
LOVE her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Soulfful-music-lover56 More than 1 year ago
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!
Lakota505 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this CD. Adele has topped herself. The accoustatics and ad lib vocals are perfect. I can't stop playing this CD.
DHart More than 1 year ago
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!
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ratatatnat More than 1 year ago
Another great Adele cd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
she is very good!
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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 :-)
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful vocal bluesy soul album with a number of excellent individual songs.
BookReader920713 More than 1 year ago
Adele has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. Her music is so inspiring and her songs move the nations.
David1999 More than 1 year ago
This is an Amazing album by an Amazing and beautiful artist I was instantly hooked the fist time I heard Rolling in the deep I knew I had to hear more by her by the way you should also listin to her first album 19 is magnifacent as well