May 7, 2014 by Welcome to the Jungle
Label: XL RECORDINGS (2011)
21 is the most outstanding album I have ever listened to in my entire life, and I highly recommend listening to every single song in it. In this album, Adele will take you in a one-of-a-kind journey that you will stick with you forever, in good and bad times.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer-songwriter, who was born on May 5th 1988. Her singing career started in 2006 when she was offered a recording contract from XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace (back when people used Myspace). Adele is the first artist to sell more than 3 million copies of an album in a year in the United Kingdom, and she became the first living artist to achieve the feat of having two top-five hits in both the UK Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964. Adele is one of the most amazing singers out there with her voice that distinguishes her from all other singers. Adele’s genre is mostly soul, R&B, and Pop music, and she plays percussion instruments, bass guitar, guitar, and keyboards.
Released in February 2011, 21 is the second studio album recorded by Adele, and it was named after her age during its production. The album was recorded from May to October 2010 between England and the US. The thing that is different about that album is that Adele composed it in the aftermath of her separation from her partner, so the album explores themes of anger, revenge, heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness, and that is what makes this album perfect; you can always listen to it in bad and good mood.
The thing that made this album stands out is the extraordinary emotions that you feel being expressed in each song. Adele’s vocals were also a remarkable asset that distinguished this album. Her voice is so unique to the extent that you can distinguish it among another 100 female singers, and the best thing about her voice is that it conveys power and emotion which was obvious in this album in “Rolling in the deep” and “Someone like you”, respectively. What also makes this album awesome is the intertwining harmonies between the musical instruments and Adele’s unique voice, which help emphasize her great emotions, and this is especially obvious in “Someone like you” in the fourth chorus, which gave me a great indescribable feeling like I can actually relate to it, and the power of this chorus is even more extraordinary when she is performing this song live, like her performance at Royal Albert Hall.
The significance of this album comes from the fact that Adele based it on her own personal experience after a bad break up from a relationship that lasted 18 months. Heartbroken but musically stimulated, Adele channeled her rush of emotions into her music, crafting songs that examined her failed relationship from the perspectives of vengeful ex-lover, heartbroken victim, and a nostalgic old flame. The thing that also makes this album significant and memorable is the fact that it has 48 minutes and 12 seconds of great vocals, awesome lyrics, and a remarkable blend between the music and the lyrics, because generally you will like 60-70% of the songs in an album, but with this one, there is no bad songs, thus it’s the perfect album.
21 is an exceptional album that I recommend everyone to listen to. This album is the best thing to listen to in all moods. If you are feeling depressed, listen to 21. If you are feeling nostalgic, listen to 21. If you are feeling vengeful, listen to 21. This album is the best choice in both good and bad times, and that’s why you should own it.
Amir is a grade 12 student with a great admiration for vocal talents.