Adele
30


3.5
great

Review

by Brandon Taylor USER (35 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2021 | 8 replies


Release Date: 11/19/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Let it be known, let it be known that I tried"

Adele’s fourth album, released after a significant hiatus, affirms her legacy by maturing her sound into something timeless. 30 is still firmly rooted in adult contemporary, however it takes cues from Goldfrapp and Amy Winehouse rather than Sam Smith or Ed Sheeran (except on “Can You Get It”, yikes). The production is all cinematic swells and jazzy accompaniments, with personal touches like spoken-word voicemails adding to the expertly-curated feel of these arrangements. It’s her most sonically interesting album since 19, but she could definitely push herself further in the future and finally create her Back To Black.

Of course, it’s an Adele album and most people will be tuning in for the vocals. They are stunning as ever, and their beauty is only amplified by 30’s use of restraint. “Easy On Me” allows the magic of Adele’s falsetto to shine rather than having her immediately belt out the first chorus like on some previous lead singles. However, if a signature vocal showstopper is what you’re after, you’ll have to wait a whole 11 tracks. “To Be Loved” is an incredibly moving, gorgeously crescendoing ballad that thematically feels like the culmination of the album (it’s about divorce, if you haven’t heard from the press cycle), and vocally feels like the pinnacle of her career to date. If it’s any indication of things to come, I’m a lot more excited for Adele’s 30’s than her 20’s.



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Welcome back, Adele; it’s nice to hear your voice again....

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brandontaylor
November 22nd 2021


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

here come the Adele reviews!

this might be too short to qualify as a proper review, but I don't have it in me to write super long-form stuff at the moment. its nice to see people are enjoying this record though.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


15680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Oh shit it's an Adele takeover.



Don't mind the length. I find it hard to fit so much into such a little space (get your mind out of the gutter folks) and you really need to make sure you do.



--create her Back To Black.--



AC/DC ref? Kind of doesn't suit in this short format. Might just be personal preference though.

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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


12392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Pretty sure he's referring to the Amy Winehouse album :]

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


15680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

I was making a joke. No tone through words on a screen I guess.

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


12392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, gotcha



Tbf, I always get those titles mixed up

brandontaylor
November 22nd 2021


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tbf if Adele makes an album like Back In Black that will be quite impressive as well

Cimnele
November 22nd 2021


1717 Comments


adele - 30 gecs

LaughingSkull
November 24th 2021


774 Comments


"Goldfrapp" mentioned in the same context with Adele. Wut... How? O_o



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