When Adele’s 21 hit my iPod, I knew it was going to be somewhat of a task to soak in the music & not unfairly compare it to its predecessor due to 19′s significance in my playlist. My relationship with music hasn’t been altered by the internet culture I’m immersed in. I still look at every album as a piece of work to be enjoyed, not merely listened to in order to maintain cultural relevancy.
The beauty found in Adele’s first album 19 was its simplicity. The songs were written by a then 19 year old UK songstress finding herself artistically and as a woman. When I heard her first single from her newest release 21 I was surprised at it’s musical extravagance. Her vocal range always shone through in her songs, but it seemed as if she was exploring a different side of her artistry with the momentous “Rolling In The Deep.”
21 is an artistic step forward taken in a time where most feet stay planted. The album’s last song “Someone Like You” is one of the many standouts on the 11 track opus tackling the feeling of lost love. With a piano driven musical landscape reminiscent to her oft-sampled “Hometown Hero,” she spills her heart out to the man that left her for another woman with the kind of fervor that gives goosebumps. Her voice nearly cracks on the chorus as she begs for his remembrance, but the perfect imperfection is exactly what sets Adele apart from most female vocalists in 2011. She bares all & gives an authentic feeling to every lyric she puts to paper, making 21 one of the most impressive sophomore attempts I’ve witnessed in my own 21 years. I can’t wait to see what the rest of her 20′s bring.
Adele – “Someone Like You”