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21 Reasons To Love This Album
21 - Adele
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21 - Adele
Advantages: An artist who fulfilled their promise.
Disadvantages: She's Better Live.
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.
Summary: Wish nothing but the best for Adele. :)