by Tracy Probert
Album cover: Adele ’21’
Adele ‘21′ was released on January 24 2011, topping 11.2 Million scales worldwide.
In this album Adele shows a maturity beyond her years. In comparison to her first album, 19, Adele shows advancement in her vocal technique to melodic depth to production consistency as she toughens her tone and delves into a deeper musical experience.
Adele can be said to be the counter of idols and the X-Factor, she is not the stereotypical pop vixen either. Adele is an ordinary person, like you and I, which everyone of us can relate to, such as her struggle with her weight. It is this aspect to her which appeals to her audience. She is normal yet expressive in her songs and lyrics.
Adele’s album 21 is a catchy yet serious album offering listeners an experience of suffering and emotion mostly related to her painful break-up with an anonymous ex. Her voice; raspy and powerful.
The first song on the album and the first single, Rolling in the deep,is, according to Adele, the music equivalent of saying things in the heat of the moment and word vomiting. “It was my reaction to being told that my life was going to be boring and lonely and rubbish and I was a weak person if I did not stay in the relationship. I was very insulted and wrote that as a kind of fuck you.” It is an emotionally gripping stuff that is reminiscent of Alison Moyet in the1980’s – only with more soul.
According to an article by The Sun, UK; Adele became the first living artist since The Beatles to have two Top Fives in both the singles and album charts simultaneously. And she has three; Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You and Make You Feel My Love in the Top 40 at the same time.
Adele’s 21 is a heartfelt, powerful and emotionally provoking album. A true masterpiece.
Adele Rolling in the Deep music video.