Adele 21 – final

By Kristi Sander

Adele’s album 21 was released on the 19th January 2011. The genre of this album is soul, pop and R&B. It was named 21 because Adele was 21 years old at the time that the album was produced. The album explores themes of hurt, anger, heartbreak, revenge and forgiveness. Adele work together on this album with songwriters and producers, such as Columbia Records, Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Jim Abbiss, and Dan Wilson. 21 album topped the charts in over 30 countries and was featured in the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records.

The United Kingdom’s best-selling album of the 21st century, its 23-week tenure atop the UK Albums Chart is the longest by a female solo artist. As of October 2012, it has sold over 25 million copies worldwide. In 2012, the album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the BRIT Award for British Album of the Year.

“Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” became worldwide number-one hits, while “Rumor Has It” and “Turning Tables” charted in the top 20 across Europe and North America. Adele is well-known for all of these singles that featured in the album. Adele found inspiration from her break-up and used it to help her create these singles.

The single, Rolling in the Deep, , is about getting revenge. It’s a dark, gospel song. The song’s beat is pounding and has a dramatic chorus. In this song, Adele displays various voice ranges. Rumor has it, , is a percussion driven song which displays various harmonies of piano chords, drums and clapping. The song has a pounding rhythm.

This song was influenced by all the gossip and rumors that started spreading because of her break up. It was aimed at her own friends that exploited her. Don’t you remember, , is about Adele telling her ex-lover to look over all the bad times and the fights and to remember Adele by the good times that they had together. This song was influenced by blues music and has a banjo and accordion in the background. Set Fire to the Rain, was influenced by pop music. Take It All, , was written and recorded with Francis White and Jim Abbis before the breakdown of Adele’s relationship.

This song was heavily influenced by pop, soul and gospel music. I’ll Be Waiting,, moves away from Rolling in the Deep in an optimistic tone and sharp melody. He won’t go, , displays more of her hip-hop and R&B side. The album ends with my favourite and probably Adele’s most famous single, Someone Like You, . This song’s soft piano melody goes well with her array of vocal chords. This song is simple yet the lyrics show a lot of depth and complexity.


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