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Artist: Adele / Audio CD released 2011-01-24 at XL

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      02.02.2013 22:21
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      Super Album for all age groups

      For those of you who have been asleep the last five years, you really don't know what you have been missing. This North London girl with attitude has come on the music scene out of nowhere and some of her songs really are out of this world.

      Born in 1988, Adele's debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to huge success and certified four times platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the US. 'At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance'. All this before the age of 21.

      It wasn't long before she released her second album 21 in early 2011. This is the album on here and it really is quite amazing. The album has hit number 1 in more than 26 countries, including the UK and the US. I've got the album in the car and have played in continuously for months and love belting out the songs as I drive along. She has released three singles from it. These were "Rolling in the Deep" , "Someone Like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain".

      The album:

      1) Rolling in the deep. Although reaching number one in eleven countries, including reaching number one in the 'Billboard Hot 100' for seven weeks it only reached number two in the UK. The song was written by Adele and Paul Epworth and the notes she reaches with her brilliant toned voice really are fantastic. Just listening to it really brings music alive to me and with this song in particular brings chills up my spine. Why on earth it never reached number one in the UK I'll never know.

      2) Rumour has it. This song isn't my favourite song on the album but was written by Adele and Ryan Tedder. Like many of Adele's songs the words it was written with a purpose and Adele said it was aimed at her own friends, who frequently spread rumours about her break-up with her boyfriend: "People might think it's about blogs and magazines and papers, but it's not. It's about my own friends believing stuff that they hear about me, which is pretty mortifying really." It is more of a jazz number with a lot of percussion. I'd be surprised if it was ever released. It just isn't one of those songs you can sing along too.

      3) Turning Tables. This was another song written by Adele after an altercation with her former lover. Although the song has a lot of meaning the song doesn't in my opinion allow Adele to use all the range of notes with her voice. It is a Pop Ballad and does allow you to sing along. The words have real meaning and you can get a feeling of what is going through her mind. The lyrics 'Close enough to start a war, All that I have is on the floor, God only knows what we're fighting for, All that I say, you always say more' often come to my lips throughout the day after listening to it in the car. Sadly it flopped at 62 in the charts.

      4) Don't You Remember is a song that hasn't been released but in my opinion should be. It is a sad song and the pain comes out with her voice. Again a song about somebody leaving her. I'm not sure if this was about her ex lover, like a lot of her songs are about, but for those who have split up with loved ones, it is asking why did you leave me, and to remember the good times they had. Over 31 million hits on youtube show what others think.

      5) Set fire to the rain. Why oh why did this only reach number eleven in the UK charts? This song is absolutely amazing. It really does get you belting the song out loud as you drive along. Her voice reaches so many different notes. If you listen to just one song on this album please listen to this. Try googling Adele's live version of the song, from Live at the Royal Albert Hall on youtube. It has received 'a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on 10 February 2013'. I'd be surprised if she didn't get one.

      6) He Won't Go. This song hasn't been released either and is very much a slow song with a piano background. She really does sound in pain while singing this. The emotion of her voice as she sings 'Not one resemblance to the man I met, just a vacant broken boy instead.

      7) Take It All. So many questions in this sad song. Didn't I give it all? Didn't I do it right? Did I let you down? The song is slow but allows Adele to reach a number of her best notes as she appears to talk to er ex lover in this song. Not one of the most popular hits on the album and with only 3 million hits on youtube, unlikely to be released as a single.

      8) I'll Be Waiting. One of my least favourite on her album. Starts off with a bit of a drum background and what appears to be an electric guitar. It is more upbeat but I don't feel anything for the words. It just doesn't come across like her other songs do and I often skip this.

      9) One And Only. According to Adele 'it is about trying to buck up the courage to tell someone who you've loved for ages that you want to be with them'. Often she becomes visibly choked up while singing the song during live performances and it is believed the song is about somebody she used to have strong feelings for. A nice song to listen to with great words.

      10) Lovesong. A cover song of one released by The Cure. One of the reasons I enjoy listening to Adele is her brilliant voice. The other is the words which I believe she has written from her heart. So as she only sang this I can only enjoy this half as much as many of her other songs.

      11) Someone like You. This was Adele's first number one and is an absolute wonderful song. Adele had said that she began writing it on her acoustic guitar in the wake of the break-up of her 18-month relationship with the 30-year old man she thought she would marry. But rather than dwell on the past this song allows her to sing out her emotions and although sad it sends a shiver down your spine. She is obviously showing how she is coming to terms with losing him and this comes across in 'I heard that you're settled down, that you found a girl and you're married now, I heard that your dreams came true, guess she gave you things I didn't give to you. A great song with some real meaning and sang absolutely beautifully.

      If you are ever going to buy an Album in your life please give this Artist and Album serious consideration.

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        02.05.2012 14:54
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        Adele's second album - even better than her first

        I liked singer Adele's first album 19, so decided to buy her second CD, 21, as well. Released in 2011, this album is even better than her first.

        Rolling in the Deep begins the album - this is an incredibly catchy modern soul classic which kicks off the album with style. Rumour Has It is cheeky, fun and stomping, while the piano-laden Turning Tables is a sweet love song. Don't You Remember is another ballad, which makes use of acoustic guitars to create a timeless yet contemporary sound. Set Fire To the Rain is a dramatic soaring track, while He Won't Go has a laid-back feel. Take It All has a soulful vibe continued in I'll Be Waiting, with its funky brass instruments. One and Only is also a love song with a relaxed vibe.

        Adele's cover of The Cure's Lovesong is stripped down and heartfelt, while the album closes in style with Someone Like You. Is there anyone in the country who hasn't heard this song? Just Adele's brilliant voice and a piano, it is outstanding.

        21 costs only £6.99 from Amazon at the time of writing and in my opinion is well worth the money. It's a really outstanding album, particularly the first and last songs, but there aren't any bad tracks on here. Highly recommended.

        Track Listing
        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. Love Song
        11. Someone Like You

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          19.03.2012 17:37
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          Lovely. A classic album by a very special artist.

          I recently bought this album after hearing a few Adele songs and falling in love with them. I had actually bought a couple of songs first in single mp3 files before realising I was liking more and more songs from the album and that it'd be cheaper for me just to buy the whole album on CD or download it. I ended up purchasing the physical CD copy just because I saw it in a store and couldn't resist buying it.

          I first heard of Adele when she sang the whimsical 'Chasing Pavements' which was from her first album '19' in 2008. I thought she had a lovely voice and enjoyed the song but did not become a big fan at this point. After the release of '19' and her second album '21' Adele started to become a worldwide phenomenon and her music was being played all over the place - on every radio station, on T.V spots, on talk shows, on talent shows. This is how I came to hear the first song that made me stand up and take note of this singer. This song was called 'Set Fire to the Rain' and it is a fast paced power ballad that showcases Adele's amazing vocal talents. This British singer has a unique, rich, emotive voice and she seems to put the emphasis in exactly the right places to make the words and music come alive and and mean something special.

          There are 11 songs on the standard CD version of this album. It contains a CD booklet which features black and white pictures of Adele but no song lyrics. The album opens with the Grammy winning song 'Rolling in The Deep'. It's a powerhouse of a track that is spine-tingling as it seems to get right into your soul with these big hollow drum beats and an intense, soulful vocal performance. Musically it feels influenced by classic motown music. An excellent way to open the album.

          'Rumour Has It' seems tinged with a more angry mood and the vocal performance is punchy and hard. I love that the song at times seems influenced by Evangelistic type music and other times by lively jazz. It feels interactive, as though we are being pulled into the performance. A catchy, mesmerising chorus.

          'Turning Tables' is a slow, mournful song that utilises the crying violin voice and expressive piano to create a powerful angsty mood. Another brilliant vocal performance where the voice soars and dips, pushes and whispers.

          'Don't You Remember' begins like a bare-bones almost accoustic perfomance but builds into a country-pop style ballad. It's a song that feels slightly old-fashioned but it is sad and touching. This is a song I could put on anytime to relax to and be quite introspective whilst listening to it.

          'Set Fire To The Rain' is a pacey, hard-hitting spit in the face and is performed with gusto. I love the sense of triumph in the vocals at the chorus. It's thrilling and Adele's powerful vocal is at times ghostly and at other times explosive. It stands out a little bit on the album due to it's modern pop style and brutal tempo. I really love the poetic lyrics.

          'He Won't Go' is probably my least favourite song on the album simply due to the odd, spiky rhythm which I find a little uncomfortable to listen to. The song feels like it was composed in the 1970's but this is an interesting quality.

          'Take It All' is a song of abandonment. It's similar to 'Turning Tables' in it's style and pace and is heartbreaking.

          'I'll be Waiting' has a funky, lively style which is a nice turn after the last sad song. Adele's vocal feels tinged with attitude here and I love that she can inject so much personality into each performance. This feels very much like a woman's statement of power and sexiness.

          'One and Only' is a skipping, swinging bluesy song that feels heavily influenced by American soul music. It feature a strong vocal performance and intelligent lyrics.

          'Lovesong' is a cover of a song by The Cure. I don't know the original but this version features an accoustic guitar accompanying Adele. The vocal performance feels very honest and raw.

          'Someone Like You': I remember Adele singing this at the Brit Awards and crying at the end. It's a song that clearly means a lot to her and knowing this makes it more special to hear. A very touching and highly emotional track. The lyrics are perfect at expressing the collective experience of many of us.

          Overall this album is a brilliant story of love, loss, pain and survival. Collectively the songs work together to tell a story that is personal and meaningful to the artist but which can be universally understood. I can't fault the vocal performance throughout the album. I think the overall style of the music is a clear stamp of identity for this artist. I think from the standard of music here that Adele is going to produce many more classic albums.

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          17.01.2012 14:26

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          Some chart hit favourites, however a bit depressing at times

          Adele first burst out into the music scene with her debut album 19. Now she has released her second studio album 21, and has made great improvements on her songs. The 6 grammy awards she won last week certainly show that she has become extremely popular within the music scene. Since it's release 21 has had millions sold globally and many of her songs have become chart topping hits. The album itself consists of pop, soul and jazzy songs, that will stay in your head long after you have heard them. While Adele is hyped up within the media, being played on the radio and television constantly, this album definitely deserves the attention that she is receiving for it.

          Rolling In The Deep
          The album begins with Rolling In The Deep, which although does get annoying after you've heard it on the radio for the hundreth time, is a great song to start off the new album. It has a great beat with drums and piano being the main instruments used. Not many of the popular songs around sound like this right now and this is definitely a song that is really easy to sing along to combined with great lyrics which really convey her messages of anger towards her ex. After hearing this song, my mum said she couldn't get the "We could have had it all" lyrics out of her head.

          Rumour Has It
          This song stays as good as the first song on the album, sounding as bluesy as the previous as it combines a strong drum beat, great backing vocals and handclaps. Half way through the song it also changes the tempo, so you can enjoy the best of both tempos within Rumour Has It. I would say this definitely is my favourite of the album.

          Turning Tables
          One of the slower songs on the record, Turning Tables is mainly piano based with Adele's strong voice accompanying it. Although it starts off quite slow, with just the piano in the background, it eventually builds up momentum throughout the song, with more instruments being added and Adele's voice becoming stronger and stronger.

          Don't You Remember
          I thought that Adele only really played piano-esque music, however this song proves that she doesn't as it has an acoustic sound. Unlike Rumour Has It and Rolling In The Deep, it doesn't sound bluesy but has more of a country vibe. As with all her other lyrics, her voice really reflects the emotions that she is trying to convey to her ex for being able to put up with her.

          Set Fire To The Rain
          Set Fire To The Rain is one of the songs that is played the most on the radio right now, and it's clear to see why. It's really catchy and so easy to sing along with, which makes it one of the most recognised songs on her album. Its an upbeat piano and drums song and combined with Adele's strong voice and emotion she conveys throughout the song about her boyfriend, makes for a great song. I can't find any faults with this song aside from the fact that maybe it has become way overplayed.

          He Won't Go
          He Won't Go goes back to the slow tempo of the songs like the previous Turning Tables, and is quite a mellow and chilled out song within the verses however the chorus changes to quite upbeat. It's about a couple who stayed together even throughout the husband's addiction the drugs, and the lyrics really convey the struggle they face. It's not as catchy as the other songs on the record, but I would say that it's still a song that will be a favourite amongst people.

          Take It All
          This is one of the simplest of the songs on the 21 record, and it shows how Adele can still shine through even in a simple song. With only a piano, her voice and occasional backup singers, she creates a song that is great to listen to when you want to just rest as it is quite slow and not as upbeat as some of the others on 21.

          I'll Be Waiting
          My second favourite of the songs on 21, I'll Be Waiting is an upbeat jazz song which is great to listen to in the morning when you are getting ready to leave your house or making breakfast. It's not as sad as her other lyrics and sticks in your head, even though it is not as well recognised as the others on the album.

          One and Only
          Although not as sad as some of the other songs that Adele has created on 21, this still manages to be as good as the others even though it might require a few listens before you actually begin to like it as much as them. It grows in tempo and complexity as the song progresses and I like the combination of Adele and backing vocalists throughout this song.

          Lovesong
          Lovesong is Adele's cover of The Cure, and while I prefer the Cure's version, Adele still does a pretty good job at covering it. It's tempo is pretty slow and makes for a great song to just relax to. Even though she mostly sings about heartbreak, it's clear that Adele can even sing well about being in love.

          Someone Like You
          The most well known song on the album and well loved is Someone Like You, which is probably why it was picked to close the album itself. The only fault I have with this, is that it has been overplayed on the radio way too much, which has really made me a bit bored of the song itself. I think this is definitely a song that will remain in peoples minds for a while though, as it has been excellently made. Although simple with mainly just a piano, Adele's voice conveys such emotion throughout the song for heartbreak it really is a great song to listen to.

          People who like all types of music would appreciate Adele, and I would urge them to listen to her music. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an album that is versatile and combines so many different genres of music like blues, country and pop. This album truly shows Adele's capabilities as a song writer and singer, and the media attention shes gained from 21 is definitely deserved.

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          06.01.2012 17:28
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          Adele 21

          In 1988 the singer Adele was born under the name Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. In 2006 she started her musical career to combine soul, old R & B, pop and rock. Her debut album in 2008 followed by the name 19. Adele was also 19 years old. Two years later the second album came out which is also named for her age. Adele is one of the most successful singers of the moment.

          This second album was the appropriately named 21. The album was released by XL Recordings and Columbia. Behind the album were actually seven producers. Known only to me is Rick Rubin. (He is known for the work with bands like Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Slayer.) Several producers also worked with Adele on the numbers. Adele provides the vocals on the album, but a host of musicians to support her music. Worldwide there are some special editions with bonus studio tracks and live mostly acoustic songs. The tracklist for the regular version looks like this:

          1. Rolling in the Deep 3:48
          2.Rumour Has It 3:43
          3. Turning Tables 4:10
          4. Don't You Remember 4:03
          5. Set Fire to the Rain Ad4:02
          6. He Won't Go 4:38
          7. Take It All 3:48
          8. I'll Be Waiting 4:01
          9. One and Only 5:48
          10. Lovesong 5:16
          11. Someone Like You 4:45

          The song Rolling In The Deep has a muted guitar were you hear a soulful voice that sounds older than her age suggests. A wet box drumbeat settles slightly later in the music. Soften becomes the musical sound you start to hear the piano and vocals more. Because of the soulful backing vocals and short piano music the song feels a little quicker and certainly less down. It's a beautiful song and one of my favorites.

          Rumor has it. This track begins with a nice drum and rhythm is a more upbeat song . One that may be needed for the album so it doesn't get too heavy. It looks like a battle between the instruments and the voice of Adele, fighting for the attention and this makes it a great spectacle.

          Turning Tables is one of the more heavily emotional songs of the album but no less beautiful. Adele has co-written this song and her emotions are clearly when singing. The song is supported by the piano and has a sense of vulnerability. It's a mid tempo ballad and one of the stronger songs of the album.

          Dont you remember is a more soul track. It is truly an honest song that is accompanied by a guitar and banjo. It is raw and Adele's voice comes brilliantly forward.

          The songs they are close to perfect and are for me almost all hits. They are good mix of slow and a little up beat tempo songs. You have to imagine that they are mainly about love and her previous relationship, so they are certainly not all upbeat tracks. Five stars.

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            08.12.2011 14:22
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            Wish nothing but the best for Adele. :)

            A lot of pop fans at the minute would say that Adele is one of the biggest stars of 2011 sweeping many hearts away with her down to earth image and break up songs that everyone can relate to which have been played to death by radio stations. At some point, at least a few songs or this entire album has crept up on your playlist or joined a pile of CDs of someone you know. There was simply no escape from this album.

            The thought of a fragile and modest female singer who wrote her own songs, kept her clothes on, didn't abuse auto-tune and wasn't too fussed about her image excited a variety of listeners of all ages. This excitement came from many of the vocalists considered superstars usually performing in not a lot of clothing and to a lot of people it lost it's artistic value.

            Because of top selling singles such as Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You and Rolling In The Deep, 21 slayed charts, records and awards with her name on it. This success was built upon strong critical and commercial acclaim from her debut album, 19. The Second Album Curse made Adele stronger, instead of harming her like it can to other music acts.

            I loved her first album, I thought her vocals where good because I felt they were like a breath of fresh air, the lyrics were wise and mature. Although I did feel the themes are a bit repetitive and I thought the musical arrangements were complex and blended with the vocals. I can listen to it for ages and not get bored. 21 kinda underwhelmed me, but it's is exactly is what a good soul record should sound like filled with raw emotions with simple and powerful messages.

            Her music is inspired by doomed relationships. Adele is using her musical talents as a form of therapy to handle her relationship blues. The highlight of the album are the ballads. On one hand, sometimes you'd wish she's just shut up about her ex-boyfriends, the other hand you may feel like wanting to give her a big hug.

            I would describe her vocals on 21 as a deep and husky breath of fresh air. Others consider it unique, some could describe it as whiny. I think her vocals have improved from 19 and I actually think she sounds a lot more fluid and more natural in live performances compared to how she sounds in studio recordings. Such as the second part of the chorus to Someone Like You, in the studio recording on 21 it sounds forced and unnatural so it makes live recordings even more precious.

            Rolling In The Deep is the opening track, and I think it's a brilliant upbeat opener. I love the use of percussion and the backing vocalists give it a vintage tone that you only really see in the likes of Amy Winehouse and Duffy. I love how lively it is.

            Rumour Has It carries the bittersweet upbeat vintage rhythm, but I think the song is under-produced and sounds a bit repetitive. Turning Tables is a lot more fragile and soft sounding. I think Turning Tables and Rolling In The Deep are two of my favourite tracks from this album.

            I think it was a good choice selecting the most memorial tracks as the singles like Rolling In The Deep, Someone Like You and Set Fire To The Rain. The rest of the tracks are gorgeous but I can't remember all of the tracks by complete memory. At times I felt I was listening to the same song over and over again, although each track has unique compositions that are very hard to describe.

            He Won't Go has a great R&B vibe and shows how much Adele has grown as an artist. Someone Like You stands out. The piano introduction has become iconic and as soon as you hear it on the radio, you know what's coming to them. I do think it's overexposed, but I wouldn't go as far as saying her music is overrated. Again, the live versions of this track sounds a lot more precious.

            I think the strong airplay from the singles has made it lose it's replay value and I can understand why people can get fed up with this album, but I empathise more with the people who consider this album a gem. The album has quite a depressing tone and it is a bit dull, but it gives a message of hope to the music industry, many aspiring singers and to listeners. It shows mature development without intimidating a fanbase. I would recommend this album regardless of music taste. 21 is a brave contemporary soul record with rich sounds that people will be able to cherish in the future.

            I would recommend listening to live recordings of Adele. The songs that should be sending me goosebumps don't really give me any unless I'm listening to her live. I love how genuine her stage present is because it makes her performances feel more personal and heart warming compared to the studio recordings.

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              A future classic.

              It is beyond clear that 2011 belongs to British soul singer, Adele. Her second studio album, simply titled '21', has gone on to break records around the world - selling 2.6 million copies in the UK in just five short months. Such a figure is mirrored on the other side of the Atlantic, where Rolling in the Deep has become the best selling single of the year. This success is deserving but a little unexpected, for a singer whose stripped-back production values and unapologetically unpolished media interaction is well known. With such attention surrounding Adele, it's easy for someone who hasn't jumped on the bandwagon to question whether '21' lives up to the hype? The answer, is an emphatic 'yes'.

              The album kicks off with 'Rolling in the Deep', a dirty blues track with a thumping piano and stomping drums. The track is impeccably produced, evoking the strength of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black record, which similarly managed to combine a fresh radio-friendly sound and a timeless throwback production. The chanting backing vocals are so easy to sing along to, and Adele delivers a fiery and ferocious set of lyrics that are characterised by defiance and anger. Everytime she sings "We could have had it all," I get chills. Her voice sounds so pristine on the track, it's fantastic. There's truly nothing like the song out there at the moment, making for a unique and strong beginning of an even stronger album.

              The pounding drums and throwback production on 'Rumour Has It' keeps the momentum going, in this bluesy Motown-esque track. The hand-claps and sassy vocal delivery make it the ultimate sing-a-long track. It's a great up-tempo, penned with Ryan Tedder (of One Republic fame, responsible for hits by Beyonce, Jordin Sparks and Leona Lewis to name but a few). The fast-paced track is a valuable addition to the album, as it keeps it from being a ballad dominated record.

              'Turning Tables' is a piano-led ballad with a gorgeous melody. Co-written by Ryan Tedder, again, he surprised me by creating a song with Adele that sounds nothing like his previous efforts. Adele's voice really shines through in the simple production as she sings about her fear of media interference in her life: "I won't let you, close enough to hurt me" she vows. Her higher vocal register sounds flawless in some of the ad-libs, which sound even better as the tempo increases, and the song begins to build momentum - moving towards a dramatic close.

              'Don't You Remember' is yet another fantastic song, being the first to showcase a more acoustic sound. It is also the first on 21 to showcase a more country and blues influenced sound, particularly noticeable in the background arrangements. Adele sings with conviction and pain, as she admits her flaws ('a bitter heart, a wandering eye and a heaviness in my soul') but thanks her old flame for putting up with her for as long as he did, as there were good times too. The delivery is truly spine-tingling, and you can feel the raw emotion - like with all the tracks on this album, they are so drawn from her own experiences that her vocal delivery reflects the intensity of the writing process.

              My favourite track on the album has to be 'Set Fire to the Rain', a soaring ballad with a glossy pop finish. It stands out against the understated production on the rest of the album, with a lush piano melody and swirling strings providing a wall of sound. The song is lyrically contradictory, as Adele sings about a lover who simultaneously saves her and destroys her. "I let it fall, my heart/Then as it fell you rose to claim it," she sings, before the ominous refrain of "there's a side to you, that I never knew, never knew." Adele's vocals soar in the chorus, and I just adore the production on the track. There's a sense of drama created in the arrangement that makes the message of the song all the more powerful. Absolutely flawless.

              In terms of lyric and production, 'He Won't Go' sounds a lot like an Amy Winehouse track. It was written about Adele's admiration for a couple, who stayed strong, regardless of the husband's drug addiction. "I won't rise until this battle's done, my dignity's become undone," she sings from his perspective. The stocatto chorus shifts the tone from the mellow verses, and has a great melody. It's a lot more laid back and more of a grower, compared to their previous five instant tracks, but it definitely clicks with you after a couple of listens.

              A simple piano adorns 'Take it All' - and while I sound a lot like I'm repeating myself, Adele's voice continues to astound me with its range and versatility. She shows off a rougher tone to her voice in the bridge which is fantastic. I also love the Supremes-inspired backing vocals in the chorus. It's a lot like all classic Motown, in that the lyrics are pretty devastating ("don't look back at this crumbling fool"), but the vocal delivery and instrumentation are pretty uplifting.

              Adele describes 'I'll Be Waiting' as the song that you'd walk down the street, singing along to, and I'd have to agree. The bouncy piano riff and saxophone add a jazz dimension to the album, that never goes as far as venturing into the big band genre, but harks back to the music of the 60s. With a couple of listens, you'll find yourself singing along to this uptempo.

              The gradually building tempo in 'One and Only' keeps the listener's attention throughout the song, as the production slowly builds up and becomes more layered and textured. "I dare you to let me be, your one and only" she challenges in the chorus. Like many of the tracks on the second half of the album, it is not as instant as the first half, but they grow on you with every listen. I absolutely love the breakdown towards the end of the song as Adele repeats over and over "I know it ain't easy, giving up your heart" - such a simple lyric, but given great power in the delivery.

              'Lovesong' is a cover of a track by the Cure. I can't help but feel like the cover has been heavily influenced by country music, with a gorgeous steel guitar reverberating throughout the production. The tempo is great, it is slow and atmospheric, but there's something warm about it - as if it's being played on the front porch of a house on the Mexican border. Maybe that's the country influence again, but it helps to emphasise the romantic lyrics and the substance of the song.

              The album closes with the simple piano-ballad, 'Someone Like You'. It's been completely ineluctable on the radio since its release, which is a shame, as I feel that many people may be beginning to grow weary of such a fantastic track as it falls victim to being overplayed. The song will strike a chord with you if you've ever been in love and found out that they've moved on. "I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited, but I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it/I'd hope you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded that for me, it isn't over" she sings, regarding a future meeting of this same lover. The spine-tingling delivery, ranging from apathy to screeching-heartbreak in her voice is incredible. It's a song that will really touch the listener, and I genuinely believe that it will go down in history as a classic. A glorious close to a glorious album.

              I feel as if I repeated myself in this review, because there is simply nothing to nit-pick at, nothing to critically savage, nothing to lament on. This is simply a flawless and timeless record, that you can garuntee will be played in the decades to come. It's the perfect coming-of-age album, or more specifically, for someone who has experienced a serious break-up. The lyrics are vulnerable and relatable, with the perfect balance of uptempos and ballads. A simply flawless CD.

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                Fantastic album

                Adele's latest album is just superb.'21',in my opinion is one of the best albums I've heard in years.The track list contains eleven amazing songs:
                -Rolling in the Deep
                -Rumour Has It
                -Turning Tables
                -Don't You Remember
                -Set Fire To The Rain
                -He Won't Go
                -Take It All
                -I'll Be Waiting
                -One and Only
                -Lovesong
                -Someone Like You

                Each song is unique, yet the album was written so Adele could put into song her feelings about a breakup with her boyfriend.What I love most about Adele is that she doesn't care what other people think of her image but cares more about what they think of her music.In her own word-"I love food and hate exercise, I don't want to be on the cover of Playboy or Vogue I want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone or Q. I'm not a trend-setter, I'm a singer, I'd rather weigh a ton and make an amazing album then look like Nicole Richie and do a shit album. My aim in life is to never be skinny".The album is only her second album, yet she has already broke America with it.

                She has already had success with the release of three songs from the album as singles and I really hope she goes from strength to strength.In the wake of the latest music trends,Adele's style,is for me,a welcome change .

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                Songs of a broken heart growing up

                You know how people usually have their 'theme' song - the one that represents them. I never had a theme song. And soul was never my kind of music. Well, it's been a couple of months now and, with my ears bleeding, I can say it's official- Adele's "21" is the soundtrack of my life.
                If you feel like soul searching, crying the tears of joy and regret or boosting up your spirit "21" is the album worth having.

                Adele "21"
                Release date: January 2011.
                Lenght: 48min 12sec

                "Rolling in the deep" and "Rumor has it" are a great intro. As soon as you hear the drums your shoulders could go shimmy or you could crackle your fingers but that's just the usual side effect so relax. These two perky 'right-back-atcha' love songs are the kind you listen when you're finally ready to move on.
                "Turning tables" is a piano violin number and those who love the two instruments dueling will enjoy this brakeup song of an independant girl finding her own voice.
                There's nothing better then a slow country song to evoke the memories of love and life together and "Don't you remember" is just perfect. I couldn't help thinking it could be listed on the sountrack of the next romantic blockbuster from Hollywood. I don't know is it just me but singing this song Adele also reminds me a bit of Joni Mitchell and that's one more reason why I like this song.
                "Set fire to the rain" is a bitter sweet piano violin departure song. The heavy lyrics and the fluent music make a powerfull combination and, symbolically, that song is listed in the middle of the album.
                Breaking point of this album is "He won't go", an r'n'b song about promises and fears. Even though it seems like it doesn't belong there because of a distinctive beat Adele managed to embed this song into the album so effortlessly and showed her wonderful voice knows no genre boundaries.
                The other part of the album starts with "Take it all". It's a balad about giving and taking. Besides the piano solo the vocals are the only instruments and it's such a light yet very profound song.
                'Old school soul' number "I'll be waiting" is the only cheerful song in the second part of the album and it comes just in time to stir you up a bit before the closure. It's light, playful 'against all odds' love song for those who belive in second chances.
                "One and only" is the one and only song I played 5792529026 times and still can't get enough of it. This song is THE SONG, the one that should be in the books, replacing the customary flowers and candy for Valentine's day, the one you play for every occasion and for no special reason. The one that will make you a believer. Adele's voice sounds loaded with emotions and at the same time it seems so light and free making this by far the best song on the "21". It dares you to love it.
                "Lovesong" is an 'everlasting love' song that could be set on a beach one night at the end of the summer. With Adele's voice accompanied by a guitar it's a light balad that will make you smile rather then cry because it's about the blessings you count when you have someone in your life.
                A touching, rich album like this needs a deep and powerfull closure and I guess that's why "Someone like you" is the last on the track list. The piano playing is a scenery for Adele's voice running from regret to pain to hope to happines and back to sadness ever so lightly, making you aware of the heartache she suffered.

                "21" is a great album with powerfull lyrics sang by Adele, a girl with an extraordinary voice waiting to be heard all over the world. This is the second album of the 23-year British siger/songwriter (the first, named "19", was released in 2008) and if this is the first time you hear about her and her music you'll definitely become a fan.

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                The Album of the Year

                The thing I find most annoying with music albums is that they usually consist of 50% good songs and then 50% of absolute rubbish simply put on there to fill up the rest of the CD. So I wasn't expecting much different with Adele's '21' album, I was looking forward to listening to her 2 Popular recent hits "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like you" but I pretty much expected the rest of the CD to be boring as I'm not overly keen on Adele to start with.

                I paid £7 for the CD on Amazon.co.uk so it hadn't cost me a huge amount of money which is why I thought I may as well give it a try. The CD begins with "Rolling in the Deep" which I didn't like when it was first released but it has grew on me and I now find it a really catchy tune, the next track is called "Rumour Has It" which is also very catchy and upbeat just like the previous track. The mood of the album after those 2 tracks is a lot more serious and consists of a lot of sad and love ballads which are all absolutely beautiful and a real pleasure to listen to.

                Every song on the album is different and the lyrics are all deep and meaningful, what I liked most of all was the way Adele carries every song - you can tell she really means everything she is singing and she conveys every emotion of the songs superbly. I don' think there is a single track on the album that I don't like which is amazing considering I'd never really been a fan of Adele - I certainly am now. The quality and brilliance of her voice can also be heard in every song, her range is fantastic and she is clearly one of the most talented young singers of our time.

                I would reccomend this album even to those of you who aren't particularly fans of Adele just like I wasn't, you will be impressed. There is certainly no need to keep skipping through tracks with this CD as every one of them is Beautiful. This is a CD to listen to whatever your mood, if you are sad you will probably want to put this one on or even if you are happy and upbeat this is an album to be thoroughly enjoyed.

                May I also add that track number 3 on the album called "Turning Tables" is one of my favourite and I enjoy it almost as much as the spine tingling "Someone Like you" - it's definetely one to listen to.

                Tracklist:

                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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                  10.05.2011 00:29
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                  Adele shows her chops in her sophomore album, and grows as both an artist and a person.

                  Adele is one of best up and coming artists in the world. Her voice is one of the greatest around, especially when one considers how young she is. She has been compared to the likes of Aretha Franklin. In her album, 21, she shows off her chops and vocal versatility by participating in her typical acoustic love songs, while also experimenting with a new jazzier and soulful sound. For example, "Waiting for You" (my favorite song of the album) is a song that could be sung by anyone, but Adele makes it her own. What I really admire about Adele as an artist is that she sings from her soul, and you can feel it when you listen to her. 21 is a great sophomore album because she has learned a lot in the last two years since recording and touring for 19, her previous album. 19 was a great album, but it did not show her fans just what she was made of. With this new material, she can have a lot to perform at her shows and slowly stamp her place in music history. As this rising star continues her pursuit of perfection, I look forward to listening to Adele until she records 87 if she so pleases.

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                  Such a powerful start to this year by these female musicans. This album is very uplifting, heartfelt

                  All I can say from jump street that this album was very enjoyable to listen to. Just like her video when I inserted this CD in my stereo I felt she was in the middle of the room singing to me. Oh boy, Rolling In The Deep opens with such a blaze, the lyrics run deep of a bad relationship and the chorus heightens up so you really feel at fault. This song has a lot of depth to it and it's my favourite track. Banging drums brings out the next track Rumour Has It is a cross between R&B and a side order of hot Soul. As she sings in the middle the swagger in that deep growl of her vocals would remind past soul singers like Martha Reeves and Roberta Flack or the incomparable Etta James. Adele Zane is for real folks and Turning Tables brings a different heart felt emotion into play, being the hurt one. The orchestrated background is very mellow dramatic. With the piano chords you can close your eyes and follow the hands playing the ivory keys. Omg my heart came right out of my body and slapped me in the face as Don't You Remember and told can't you feel that pain in her voice. I felt every bit of it with the piano playing in the backdrop and her sitting on that stool in front of that crowd with a light softly caressing her face, I played this song three times back to back but for me it was a remembrance of a marriage gone by. Just wondering, do you remember?


                  1. Rolling In The Deep*****
                  2. Rumour Has It*****
                  3. Turning Tables****1/2
                  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****1/2



                  Set Fire To The Rain is a nice song even if it's about finding out what your partner is really about. The music brings out a inspirational atonement of meeting the bad within you and able to walk away from it proudly. He Won't Go starts of soft and sassy but blends into a break up song. Soft level in her tones knowing she has to do it on her own.Very enjoyable beats thrown in with a little Harp in the middle of the song brings class to it. I'll Be Waiting is the wake up call on this album. Up beat music and all swagger and confidence in this song. Excellent mixtures of guitars, drums, piano and a horn section. A very well put together song.



                  Overall this album gets a straight up 5 stars because it met your every emotion. It carried you from break-up to missing you. The piano compositions in these songs we fantastic along with that voice. Whew !!! That voice is so raw and seriously was just brought out some with Rolling In The Deep but I would hate to be her competition (Christine Aguilera, Jordan Sparks) if she ever gets with a song writer that makes her bring out those funky low raw tones like a Toni Braxton use too. Her album 19 gave her two Grammy's, all can imagine in R&B and Soul how she will get for this album. I most certainly recommend this album for anyone into R&B, Soul, and Pop or best said a album you can put in your player and know you're going to enjoy the whole album.


                  Thanks for reading !!!!!!!!!!

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                    Fab Album!!

                    Me and my friends and are huge music fans, although it is funny because we all have different tastes. I like pop/r n b stuff and the 'big singers' like Leona Lewis and Celine Dion, whereas my friends are into more 'hip hop' and 'soul' music. The other day, my friend was going on about a new CD she had. Apparently this CD was amazing, and so I asked if I could borrow it.

                    21 is the second album from British singer Adele. The CD was released in the United Kingdom in 2011 and so is very recent. This CD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £7.97 which I think is great value for money, especially as the CD is brand new!

                    ~* Song List *~
                    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) Love Song 11) Someone Like You

                    There is a cracking selection of songs on here! Each song is individual and adds something special to the album. The songs are quite emotional to listen to, although I like this because it gives them purpose and a meaning. Songs which stand out the most for me are; 'Rumour Has It' and 'Set Fire To The Rain'. I also absolutely love the song 'Someone Like You'; it's what I call a proper song!

                    I like Adele's voice. It's really unique and has quite a 'soulful' sound to it. It is quite strong, and I think the songs really suit her voice, especially the ballads. Despite her quite 'rough and ready' kind of vocals, there is something quite soothing about her voice, which is very likeable.

                    Every single song on this album tells a story which is great. A lot of these songs these days are about 'anything' and the singers don't 'feel the music'. Adele really does put out the emotion when she sings her songs and you believe every word that she is saying!

                    I enjoyed her first album, but I think that this album is a huge improvement, and heads in a different direction. Adele has really matured since the last album, and seems more sure of herself on this record!

                    She is a fantastic artist and I love the fact that she's all about the 'music' rather than the 'image' like the likes of Cheryl Cole etc are. She is a proper artist who I think will be around for a very long time!

                    I would definately recommend this album! If you like pop and soulblues kind of music, then I think that you will like this.

                    Thanks for reading!
                    May 8th 2011
                    xdonzx (also posted under xd-o-n-z-x on dooyoo)

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                      Rnb, Soul, Pop & Indie!!

                      21 is the second album of singer-song writer Adele. I bought it after seeing her amazing live preformance on the Brit awards. My copy was £7.99 from Amazon, which i thought was a decent price.

                      I loved her first album, 19, with Chasing Pavements bein the best song i'd ever heard. Someone Like You has now replaced this!

                      The CD has 11 songs on it;
                      1. "Rolling in the Deep"
                      This song is amazing, with an rnb/soul feel to it. It has a drum and bass kind of dance side to it too and was also the first released song of the album, becoming number 2 in the charts quickly.

                      2. "Rumour Has It"
                      Catchy song, good, relateable lyrics. It has a gospel feeling to it and is great to dance to. It's the kind of song you'd hear at a family barbeque and would have the whole of the family up and dancing with eachother.
                      3. "Turning Tables"
                      My favourite song of the album with the lyrics meaning alot to me and adele's vocals making the song amazing to listen to. It's a song that can be listened to over and over again. Her voice sounds soft and vulnerable, with some great piano music in the background.

                      4. "Don't You Remember"
                      Adele's vocals are amazing in this song, powerful and meaningful. "Don't you rememer me?" So sad and relateable, it hits a nerve with me.
                      5. "Set Fire to the Rain"
                      Another of my favourites due to the amazing background music and adele's powerful, meaningful lyrics. You can hear the pure emotion in her voice streaming out.

                      6. "He Won't Go"
                      Not a big fan of this song as i prefer the more upbeat songs, but alot of my friends are always singing along to it!
                      7. "Take It All"
                      Emotional song to listen to that helps make the album what it is.

                      8. "I'll be waiting"
                      This song has an upbeat, carribean feel to it. Bizzare as it sounds, it does work and is incredibly catchy with its instrumentals.

                      9. "One And Only"
                      I usually skip this as it brings back too many memories for me! But it is a lovely song.

                      10. "Lovesong"
                      Great song that is your typical pop song really, with great lyrics and vocals. The ballad is catchy and cleverly constructed.

                      11. "Someone like you"
                      Amazing song, one of Adele's best. So much emotion and meaning crammed into 4 and a half minutes.

                      All of the songs, as you can see, are great to listen to, I personally enjoy relaxing to this album because of the soft vocals and easy-to-sing-along-to lyrics. It's an improvement on her last album - 19, with her showing she's no one trick pony and laying her life experiences and troubled relationships down for all to see, with an emotional and beautiul twist.

                      I personally enjoyed the whole of the album thoroughly, it tells the story of depression and heartbreak, moving on, frustration and unconditional love. It's lovely when you get home from a busy day and just stick it on and lay listening to it.

                      Admittedly at time's it's a tad depressing, but relatable and ultimately upliting. With the catchy rythms and lyrics it's an album not to be easily forgotten, and you'll be playing it on repeat for the next month atleast.

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                        A great second album by Adele!

                        Adele is currently making headlines as her latest album 21 has beaten Madonna's record and is now the album that has stayed at Number One the longest out of those made by a solo female singer. Someone Like You - a track from this album - became her first Number One single earlier this year.

                        Adele was born in London in 1988 and graduated from the BRIT school, which has also helped produce Leona Lewis and Jessie J. Her first album 19 was released in January 2008 and 21 was released three years later.

                        I first noticed Adele in 2008 when her song Chasing Pavements seemed to be on television and radio all the time, so that I soon became bored of it. I thought she had a nice enough voice, but wouldn't have called myself a fan. I did love her single Make You Feel My Love though and because of that, I finally bought 19 in 2010. I played it a couple of times, but it didn't grab me and ended up in a pile of CDs I didn't listen to.

                        Then this year, after hearing two of the singles from her second album 21 - Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You - I decided to buy this album and hoped it would grow on me quicker than 19 did.

                        21 is in a similar visual style to 19, featuring a moody portrait of Adele on the front in black and white. The booklet contains some lovely photos of her too, but sadly no lyrics! I do like a booklet to have lyrics, so I can sing along, so that's a minor complaint.

                        But onto the music...

                        The album has eleven tracks and begins with Rolling in the Deep. One of the first things that I noticed about this and Someone Like You are that they are both very different styles. I have always associated Adele with a powerful voice and soulful ballads, yet Rolling in the Deep has a strong beat to it and a grittier feel. It has a very distinctive start to it with Adele's voice almost unaccompanied, then a layer of instruments are added bit by bit to build it up layer by layer. This kicks into a great chorus where you can't help but admire her vocal talents.

                        Rumour Has It is a strong track too and reminds me of Duffy, who also has a great voice. I love the slower part in the middle too, which sets it apart from some of the other tracks here. This is followed by Turning Tables, which is more of a traditional type of ballad, but beautifully done and has an emotional integrity about it. You get the impression Adele sings and writes about things she knows and has experienced, so has the ability to bring a depth into the lyrics and performance.

                        Don't You Remember is a song of love and loss with a very pretty tune and a catchy chorus, so could well be a future single release. Even though it sounds a bit of a clichéd formula, Adele pulls it off successfully. This track is beautiful and one of my favourite on the album.

                        The fifth track is Set Fire to the Rain and this is a bit faster and more angry and passionate, while still giving Adele plenty of opportunity to show her vocal abilities. It's another good track, but not one that's up there for me when compared to the tracks that come before it. She gets a bit kind of waily towards the end too.

                        He Won't Go is much gentler and even demure initially with its quiet instrumental start before her soulful deep vocals begin. I think this one is a bit standard though, nice enough but perhaps lacking the originality of some of the tracks. This is one which I enjoy, but don't tend to recall afterwards and it does seem to go on a bit...

                        Take It All lifts the album again following a couple of slightly disappointing songs. This is another stunning ballad and one that is achingly beautiful. This is a track I can imagine crying to, if I was feeling upset and Adele again sounds completely genuine and honest singing the words. I bet this would be amazing live.

                        It's more up-tempo and jazzy for track eight as you can really "shake your thang" to I'll Be Waiting. This is cleverly constructed and has a kind of gospel feeling to it in places. This is followed by the slower One and Only, which is pretty enough and certainly not a bad track, but not as strong or as distinctive as some of the others. The "giving up your heart" refrain is repeated rather too much though.

                        So onto track nine - Lovesong. This one is a track which I don't feel I know as well as some of the others, as it is a ballad and seems to get a bit lost amongst the others. I don't tend to skip tracks on this album, but if I did, it would be this one, as it is rather dull and the one after it is so much better.

                        The final track on 21 is the best, the gorgeous Someone Like You which anyone living in the UK now should be aware of, as it is very popular and getting a lot of airplay - and rightly so. It is a great framing of this album with Rolling in the Deep the first track and Someone Like You the last one, as both are excellent. Beginning with a beautiful bit of piano, Adele's vocals kick in with passion and emotion and you can't help but get wrapped up in it. The lyrics are clever and I love how she uses her wide vocal range so I am equally impressed with her high and low notes. It is a beautifully constructed song and you get the impression this would be just as good live as it is recorded. Stunning.

                        Some of this album does kind of recede a bit as you listen to it, so it is ideal for background music, but I prefer an album to be more noticeable. It takes a few plays before you start recognising the individual tracks more. Overall though, 21 is much better than 19 and I would recommend it for anyone who likes her singles. It won't be your kind of thing if you like rock or heavy metal, but most people will like it. It is the kind of thing anyone and any age can listen to as well. It is also great for romantics, as you can smooch around the kitchen with your loved one! This album does seem to demonstrate a new maturity and versatility to Adele's work. I will definitely be revisiting her first album now, to see if I can get more out of it this time.


                        Here is my rating for each track -

                        Rolling in the Deep - 9.5 out of 10
                        Rumour Has It - 8.5 out of 10
                        Turning Tables - 8.5 out of 10
                        Don't You Remember - 9 out of 10
                        Set Fire to the Rain - 7.5 out of 10
                        He Won't Go - 7 out of 10
                        Take It All - 9 out of 10
                        I'll Be Waiting - 8.5 out of 10
                        One and Only - 8 out of 10
                        Lovesong - 6.5 out of 10
                        Someone Like You - 10 out of 10

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                        Disc #1 Tracklisting
                        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 Love Song
                        11 Someone Like You