Adele
21


4.5
superb

Review

by dylantheairplane USER (70 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What pop music was meant to be.

Like it or not, it is hard to deny that 2011 has been a pretty big year for pop music. From Britney's Femme Fatale, a mix of club ready dance tunes that ended up being fairly mediocre (not that anyone really expected much different), and the return of Lady Gaga with her dark, yet supposedly motivational album, Born This Way which was in fact quite a good production and pretty well done, though it did not hold the same magic of her first studio work, The Fame. Also there was the death of Amy Winehouse, whose albums launched to the top of the charts following her unfortunate passing.

Perhaps no one had a more successful year than British singer-songwriter, Adele Adkins, who followed up her 2009 release, 19 in January of this year with 21. While 19 contained the successful single "Chasing Pavements" that gave Adele some properly deserved attention, the album really vanished and was not the breakout it was meant to be. Wherever that album failed though, 21 corrects and does better. Featuring the phenomenal first single "Rolling In The Deep," a revengeful soul ballad with pounding drums and magnificent vocal work from Adele. The single and album both, shooting to number one all over the world, becoming one of the best selling albums of the year and giving Adele the attention her first album did not quite grasp.

The entire album flows very nicely as one consecutive piece of work and Adele hits all the right notes and her lyrics are conveyed with proper and powerful emotion. From the beautiful piano work of "Turning Tables" and the loud, emotionally moving album highlight, "Set Fire To The Rain" Adele showcases all her musical talents without overstepping any boundaries. Even the country-influenced instrumental work on "Don't You Remember" and "Take It All," find their home on the album, while at first seeming out of place and not fitting, both add some sort of diversity to the album.

Perhaps the biggest downfall to 21, is that it is not exactly unique. The whole formula has been seen and done many times before, Adele even saying herself that acts like Winehouse and Duffy have already gone where she's gone. Though this is true, the main difference is that 21 blows away anything off Duffy's sophomore release, Endlessly, and Winehouse has a very different singing style and image compared to Adele. Comparisons aside, the fact still stands that 21 is an excellent piece of work, though it can drag a bit during the much too long "One and Only" and the stripped down cover of The Cure's "Lovesong," the album begins and ends on highs, closing with the second single "Someone Like You," a beautiful yet bittersweet ballad the essentially sums up the love and heartbreak message of the entire album, providing an excellent close to one of the best pop albums of 2011.



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dylantheairplane
August 2nd 2011


2181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aye Sputnik, it has been awhile. I haven't written a review in quite awhile but I decided to dust off the ol' keyboard and write this. Leave any comments and criticisms please, but keep in mind I was a bit rusty.

TheMushuPork
August 2nd 2011


462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. Although I thought that the con of it being not unique does not justify the 4.5 rating.

wabbit
August 2nd 2011


7059 Comments


"Although I thought that the con of it being not unique does not justify the 4.5 rating."...such a dumb reason


you know you're fat when no one makes fun of you for being a ginger.

TheMushuPork
August 2nd 2011


462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright then, tell me rabbit, what do you think of this review??

Rev
August 2nd 2011


9881 Comments


Good to see you're not dead

Aids
August 2nd 2011


24460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bought this cause of "Rolling in the Deep" but was pretty disappointed to find out that that is far and away the best track. Still a nice album but I was expecting more.

Parallels
August 2nd 2011


8858 Comments


holy crap a dylantheairplane review

pop returns to sputnik! woot woot

dylantheairplane
August 4th 2011


2181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the pos to whomever did!

AtavanHalen
August 4th 2011


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He Won't Go is becoming my favourite on this. Rumour Has It is also ten kinds of awesome.

cirq
August 4th 2011


9350 Comments


i fuckin hate this.. that damn song is forever playing at my work and it has driven me into insanity


fuck adele

AtavanHalen
August 4th 2011


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah no fuck you

cirq
August 4th 2011


9350 Comments


nah...fuck you

Killahit
August 4th 2011


311 Comments


No seriously fuck you adele is cool.

rolling in the deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep

cirq
August 4th 2011


9350 Comments


who are you?



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