Adele - 21
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Based on 24 reviews
2011 Ratings: #105 / 997
Year End Rank: #8
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2011 Ratings: #89
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The songs hold to simple instrumentation and simple structures that allow Adele’s raspy, expressive voice to develop the story in the verses before she delivers the hook.


21 really is one of the great 'break-up' albums, and the first truly impressive record of 2011.

No Ripcord

Adele and her team have crafted an album that’s both full of songs that have the potential to reach the upper reaches of the charts, and also a collection of songs that hang together as an album.

What you know about rollin' down in the deep?
When your brain goes numb, you can call that mental freeze
When these people talk too much, put that shit in slow motion, yeah
I feel like an astronaut in the ocean, ayy
Wait, this album is 10 years old?
Damn, I feel old now.

Fav Tracks: Rolling In the Deep, Rumour Has It, Set Fire to the Rain, Someone Like You

Least fav: Do You Remember
Congratulations for the 10 years of this album "21", the best-selling album of the century that brought a huge cultural impact to the music industry.

The album has a sound inspired by many genres such as pop, soul and R&B and elements of classical music, bringing an enchanting production that accompanies Adele's melancholic vocals. Lyrically, the tracks reflect the end of relationships, self-examination and forgiveness, topics well known to everyone who knows and falls in love ... read more
Favourite: Set Fire To The Rain
Worst: Lovesong

1. Rolling In The Deep - 10
2. Rumour Has It - 7.5
3. Turning Tables - 8.5
4. Don't You Remember - 7.5
5. Set Fire To The Rain - 10
6. He Won't Go - 8
7. Take It All - 7
8. I'll Be Waiting - 7
9. One And Only - 8
10. Lovesong - 7
11. Someone Like You - 10

Average: 7.54
Quick Comment: Not surprisingly this a pretty good listen. I thought I would give listen to another Adele album due to her big return and just makes sense to do it now. Let's get ... read more
Adele is an artist who proves on 21 that music can be a chart topping affair without sacrificing in the realm of quality. If the quality of this music is unrecognized by some, it is likely to be due in larger part to overexposure rather than a true critical eye.

I will admit I suffered the same nearsighted fate for the last few years; hearing a song like Someone Like You inevitably being more of a cringe-worthy moment rather than a powerful one. There wasn't a soul who wasn't familiar with ... read more
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