Monday, March 7, 2011

Adele - 21 - Review

Perhaps one of the most talked about albums of the year thus far is Adele's new album entitled 21. The London-born singer/songwriter's music can best be described as a heart-wrenching variety of jazz and soul.

The songs on 21 cover various situations on the common theme of heartbreak, but do so in such a headstrong style with powerhouse vocals to match. Adele possesses the raw and rare talent to capture pure emotion within her vocals, a skill that is sorely lacking in most popular music artists today. This particular genre of music is unfamiliar territory for me, so I'm not sure what it could possibly be comparable to. However, I do know that Adele is a very welcome talent to the popular music industry.

It's her timeless sound that has drawn me to her music. The thick, jazzy drumbeats of the first track ("Rolling in the Deep") hooks in the listener somewhere in between the tambourine, her effortlessly climbing vocals, and the layered chorus. This powerful intro is quickly followed by the saucy "Rumour Has It", definitely one of the highlights on the album. The jazzy percussion and vocals speak about that all too familiar notion of gossip in a vengeful, sassy flavor.

Perhaps one of Adele's best features on this album is creating heart-wrenching ballads of loves lost, but keeping one's head up in hope and remaining dignified. It's done in a beautiful way, whether it be accompanied by a lonesome piano, soaring bluesy vocals, a sorrowful and exposed ballad, or the most heart-wrenching song on the album, "Someone Like You", a song of love lost to another, but wishing them a happy life.

Adele creates amazing up-beat melodies as well, such as the incredible, and my current favorite, "Set Fire To the Rain". Her voice swirls with her music and lyrics, creating a fiery atmospheric experience. This kind of effect is difficult to achieve, and is something that makes true music such a powerful force.

The album is a cohesive whole - a gorgeous showcase of true talent. I highly recommend this album no matter what your preferred taste may be. Adele's voice and unique compositions make this album a must listen.

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