Adele - 21
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2011 Ratings: #165 / 951
Year End Rank: #7
User Score
Based on 663 ratings
2011 Ratings: #129
Liked by 8 people
February 22, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Soul, Pop Soul / Genres
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A.V. Club

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.

Consequence of Sound

21 is a good album that shows the world Adele’s talent, but one that is just a precursor to bigger and better things.

Such a powerful and heartbreaking album.

Light 8
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
Yea I still like this album a bunch. The vocals are stunning and I have ugly fapped/cried to this album a number of times in my youth. Fun!
Utter crap
While most songs here are quite enjoyable, I feel Adele stretches them out to a point that they kinda get a bit old pretty fast. This definitely doesn’t sound like no 21 year old though, that’s for sure.

FAV: Rolling In the Deep, Turning Tables, Set Fire to the Rain, He Won’t Go, One and Only, Lovesong & Someone Like You

LEAST: Rumor Has It
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Track 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. Lovesong 
  11. Someone Like You
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