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100
The Telegraph

The british star grapples with feelings about her recent divorce, but 30 is also full of positivity - and big, magnificently sung tunes.

100
Rolling Stone

She’s never sounded more ferocious than she does on 30—more alive to her own feelings, more virtuosic at shaping them into songs in the key of her own damn life.

91
A.V. Club

Adele has never been as soul-stirring, vulnerable, or captivating as she is on 30.

91
Entertainment Weekly
With her latest, the singer goes far beyond wallowing in heartache, instead showing the entire spectrum of feelings that come with having one's life completely altered.
90
The Young Folks

30 is not only her best album to date, it’s the first to live up to the potential that her powerhouse vocals have always portended.

90
DIY

The real masterstroke of ‘30’ ... comes with how these lyrics - the pain, the self-flagellation (sometimes cruel, often mocking), the hope, the acceptance - are expertly matched musically.

90
Exclaim!

Six years after the release of her record-breaking success 25, British pop chart-topper Adele has returned with 30, taking bigger risks and revealing enough hard truths to make this her most powerful album yet.

82
Pitchfork
Once again, Adele transforms her heartbreak into a searching, graceful, and incredibly moving album. But the complexity of her emotions and the nuanced production make this her most ambitious work to date.
80
Slant Magazine

15 years into her illustrious career, Adele’s attention has shifted to her creative pursuits, and on 30, she displays the confidence to share her boldest vocal, stylistic, and thematic interests.

80
Albumism
Adele delivers yet again on the sound and style she’s best known for and offers moments of extra enticement for where she could go next.
80
The Observer
This is a classy album, if not quite a stone-cold classic.
80
The Arts Desk
For those of you who didn’t think it was possible for Adele to up her stakes in the game of soul-baring, think again. Her first album in six years is here and it is as raw as it is rowdy, as searing as it is silk, as relatable as it is enjoyably escapist.
80
The Independent
Across a more diverse fourth record, the returning singer braids in glimmering moments of self-affirmation amid the typical tirades against herself.
80
The Irish Times
There isn’t a single shock over these 12 tracks, all of which sound, essentially, like Adele songs, but the nods to Hollywood scores, 1960s soul and even her own back catalogue inject the melodrama needed to pull off the more languished ballads.
80
Clash
An album with novelistic depth, when ‘30’ turns once more for its London-rooted conclusion, Adele seems to reach a new level in her stratospheric career.
80
The Line of Best Fit
It is a well-considered progression for her, and while there are some missteps along the way, it is so good to see her moving forward.
80
Evening Standard
As she sings, the biggest musician in the world frequently sounds extraordinarily vulnerable.
80
AllMusic
Meeting titanic expectations, this linear journey of the heart is Adele's most cohesive statement to date, pairing her inimitable voice with a dozen engrossing vignettes, reminding us that all we can do is keep trying.
80
Rolling Stone UK

Six years on from her last record, Adele explores new sounds and examines the pain of her divorce with stunning results.

74
Sputnikmusic

30 might not be a true divorce album, lacking the fire and blame game attitudes that we could assume from a modern pop record—it is however a frank, candid unloading from a person experiencing some real feelings. Something to which we can relate to, at least in part. 30 might not have been the cleanest of breakups, but it more than translates in lyrical form.

70
God Is in the TV
On her fourth album, Adele has pushed the boundaries, at least a little further than she has before. Not that it’s a radical change, but a noticeable one nonetheless.
70
RIOT

Adele harnesses her otherwordly vocals to delve into experiences of guilt, self-doubt, depression and an eventually hopeful look to the future on 30.

70
Gigwise

Though it doesn't move firmly into a new area of reinvention, 30 does begin a journey towards one, and in the end, it delivers in its simple promise of being a big, belting Adele Album.

70
The Needle Drop

Apart from a few ill-conceived stylistic switch-ups, 30 is a classy and moving pop record.

70
PopMatters

30 isn’t a groundbreaking album, nor is it particularly experimental. But it’s supremely satisfying and great as a listening experience. There are no glaring missteps, and it’s generally a very good effort from a singer who could have crumbled under the pressure of heightened expectations, but instead continues on the path she forged for herself.

65
Spectrum Culture
It’s warm and mature, fun and relatable, and just as masterfully produced and performed as ever before. It’s just very Adele.
60
The Guardian
While the topic of her divorce is all-consuming, the singer seems to be pushing gently at the boundaries of what people expect of her.
60
NME
Previously accused of playing it safe, Adele enters a new decade by experimenting with bolder sounds. It gives intriguing but mixed results.
60
musicOMH

Ultimately, while some intriguing risks have been taken, 30 is probably the weakest, as well as conversely the most intimate and in many ways bravest, Adele album to date.

Doublez
62

"30" is beyond my expectations, it's a varied, coherent, poignant album that won't let you get bored. Adele tries new directions, without losing her heartbreaking music that makes her who she is, which is : Adele.

When I think of Adele, I think back 10 years, it's like a time capsule that makes me live thousands of thou-sands of memories. On a less personal note, I remember very well the popular impact of her album "21" and the phenomenal hype of her songs on TV, on the ... read more

MattsReviews
50

If Adele had a million fans, I am one of them. If Adele had one fan, that fan is me. If Adele had no fans, I would no longer be on Earth. If the world is against Adele, I am against the world 🌎💚🍷

BaddieBaphomet
70

Oh boy. I expected this album coming but even still I feel out of my depth to write about a powerhouse like Adele. Alright, biggest album of the year. Here goes nothing, I guess.

In 2011, mainstream pop music was mostly filled by club music with artists like Pitbull, LMFAO, and Black Eyed Peas ruling the charts. Regardless of how you feel about that era of music, it was undeniable that the music was mostly fixated on how it would sound on the dance floor with emotion not playing too much of a ... read more

ReviewForFun
50

Adele is definitely not MID, but everything past like track five not that good. The first few tracks are really special and standout in a great way! Wish I could say that about the rest of the LP thought.

Top Tracks: Easy On Me (Best), My Little Love, Cry Your Heart Out, Oh My God

92

Growing up, Adele was always a banger for the radio. When I sat in my room, turned out the lights, and put in my airpods on one cold November morning to listen to this album; I was changed. From start to finish, I was so lost in the music and lyrics and heartbreak she put into this album. She is a star.

Top 3: To Be Loved, All Night Parking, Strangers by Nature

FilipeCarmona
98

Here we go again but not so much, I have said quite a lot about Adele on my other reviews. We all know how exquisite this Woman is.

I will simply highlight that this album, to me, has her best song of all time and it's called "To Be Loved" and I will just give you the lyrics to it because it's just pure joy and pain at its finest:

"I built a house for love to grow, I was so young that it was hard to know. I am as lost now as I was back then, always make a mess of everything. ... read more

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