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5.0 out of 5 stars
Intriguing, More Requested, Jan. 16 2012
Adele's 21 is an absolutely stunning masterpiece of emotions and why she felt them. The work that has gone into every aspect, including the order of the songs, all adds to the story of Adele's emotional journey. The album begins with songs like Rolling in the Deep, Turning Tables and Set Fire to the Rain, which establish Adele fresh from the break up with an angry and somewhat spiteful outlook on this man. She goes on to tunes like One and Only, I Won't Go and Take it All, which show her struggling to accept a new life without her man. Finally, the album concludes with the likes of Lovesong, Someone Like You and, on the iTunes version, I Found a Boy, which exhibit a more mature understanding of what has happened, saying that she will move on, but always have feelings for him. The musical arrangements range from full band and backing vocals on tracks like I'll Be Waiting to just her and the piano on Someone Like You, and everything in between. Each musical arrangement accompanys Adele's voice in a way that neither overpowers or undermines it. Speaking of voice, Adele not only has an undeniable talent, but is able to control her voice as to not yell the whole time, but to give a bit at times (Don't You Remember) and keep a bit for later (Rumor Has It). This in itself adds a certain amount of depth to the album and brings her name further than a one trick pony. Overall, 21 established itself as the biggest, if not the best, album of 2011, and definitely leaves me hungry for more.