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Adele's 2009 debut album, 19, was a Grammy-winning smash hit that revealed the British singer/songwriter's knack for bittersweet soul and folk-infused love songs that brought to mind an infectious mix of Dusty Springfield and Terry Callier. The album earned her a ton of fans, and interest was high for the inevitable follow-up. In many ways, her sophomore album, the similarly age-appropriate-titled 21, is a continuation of the sounds and themes Adele was working with on 19. She is still the bluesy pop diva with a singer/songwriter's soul and seemingly bottomless capacity for heartbreak. The best thing the album does is to showcase Adele's titanic vocal ability, which -- more than a few times on 21 -- is simply spine-tingling. Last time around we got the gauzy, Callier-esque folk-soul ballad "Daydreamer" to slowly draw us into the album; here, Adele immediately injects us with the propulsive gospel fever-blues anthem "Rolling in the Deep." While the track certainly owes a heavy debt to the punk-blues of Beth Ditto and the Gossip, it is also ridiculously sexy and one of the best singles of any decade. Elsewhere, we get tracks like the blues-inflected Ryan Tedder co-write "Rumour Has It" and the old-school-style soul cut "He Won't Go," which are terrifically catchy, booty-shaking numbers and exactly the kind of songs you want and expect from Adele. Similarly enthralling is the centerpiece of the album, the mega-ballad showstopper "Take It All." Co-written by her "Chasing Pavements" partner Francis White, the song begins with Adele proclaiming "Didn't I give it all?" Delivered starkly at first with Adele set against simple piano accompaniment and later backed by a gospel choir, it's an instant-classic sort of song in the tradition of "The Rose," "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going," and "All by Myself" that could stand over the years as a career landmark for the singer and a cathartic moment for fans who identify with their idol's Pyrrhic lovelorn persona. Ultimately, Adele does give us her all on 21, and for now that is enough.
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1
Rolling in the Deep Explicit
00:03:48

Mark Rankin, Engineer - Leo Taylor, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Coyne, Engineer - Paul Epworth, Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Elmhirst, MixingEngineer - Neil Cowley, AssociatedPerformer - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Emi Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

2
Rumour Has It
00:03:43

Ryan Tedder, Producer, Programmer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Elmhirst, MixingEngineer - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Jerrod "Skins" Bettis, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Write 2 Live (ASCAP), administered worldwide by Kobalt Music Publishing America Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

3
Turning Tables
00:04:10

Ryan Tedder, ComposerLyricist - Chris Worsey, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, AssociatedPerformer - David Daniels, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Elliott, Arranger - Peter Lale, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Abbiss, Producer, MixingEngineer - Caroline Dale, AssociatedPerformer - Emlyn Singleton, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Leaper, AssociatedPerformer - Cathy Thompson, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Piggott-Smith, AssociatedPerformer - Boguslav Kostecki, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Shave, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Manning, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Dowling, MixingEngineer - Neil Cowley, AssociatedPerformer - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rachel Stephanie Bolt, AssociatedPerformer - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Warren Zielinksi, AssociatedPerformer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Write 2 Live (ASCAP), administered worldwide by Kobalt Music Publishing America Ltd., MusicPublisher

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

4
Don't You Remember
00:04:03

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Matt Sweeney, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Fidelman, Engineer - Andrew Scheps, MixingEngineer - James Poyser, AssociatedPerformer - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer - Smokey Hormel, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Pargman, AssociatedPerformer - Songa Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Dave, AssociatedPerformer - Radu Pieptea, AssociatedPerformer - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - BMG Rights Management, MusicPublisher - Chrysalis Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Sugar Lake Music, MusicPublisher - David Hilgado, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Helnwein, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Carrie Kennedy, AssociatedPerformer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Philip Broussard Jr., Engineer

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

5
Set Fire to the Rain
00:04:02

Jane Oliver, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Price, AssociatedPerformer - Ash Soan, AssociatedPerformer - Beatriz Artola, Engineer - Fraser T. Smith, Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, MixingEngineer - Lucy Shaw, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Owens, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Mathieson, AssociatedPerformer - Hayley Pomfrett, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Sacha, AssociatedPerformer - Jo Allen, AssociatedPerformer - Kotono Sato, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Danvers, Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Cavey, AssociatedPerformer - Rustom Pomeroy, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Stanford, AssociatedPerformer - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - BMG Rights Management, MusicPublisher - Isabel Seeliger-Morley, Engineer - Chrysalis Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher - Natalie Bonner, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

6
He Won't Go
00:04:38

Rick Rubin, Producer - Matt Sweeney, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Epworth, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Fidelman, Engineer - Andrew Scheps, MixingEngineer - James Poyser, AssociatedPerformer - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer - Smokey Hormel, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Bennett, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Pargman, AssociatedPerformer - Songa Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Dave, AssociatedPerformer - Radu Pieptea, AssociatedPerformer - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Emi Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - Ali Helnwein, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Wright, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Carrie Kennedy, AssociatedPerformer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Philip Broussard Jr., Engineer

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

7
Take It All
00:03:48

Sony, MusicPublisher - Jim Abbiss, Producer, MixingEngineer - Carmen Carter, Choir - Eg White, ComposerLyricist - Oren Waters, Choir - Carmen Twillie, Choir - Josef Powell, Choir - Ian Dowling, MixingEngineer - James Gilstrap, Choir - Neil Cowley, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Young, Choir - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Julia Waters Tillman, Choir - Lorna Maxine Waters, Choir - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

8
I'll Be Waiting
00:04:01

Mark Rankin, Engineer - Leo Taylor, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Coyne, Engineer - Harry Brown, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Epworth, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Carmen Carter, Choir - Tom Elmhirst, MixingEngineer - Oren Waters, Choir - Noel Langley, AssociatedPerformer - Carmen Twillie, Choir - Josef Powell, Choir - James Gilstrap, Choir - Neil Cowley, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Young, Choir - Ben Thomas, AssociatedPerformer - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Carless, AssociatedPerformer - Emi Music Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Julia Waters Tillman, Choir - Lorna Maxine Waters, Choir - CMRRA, MusicPublisher

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

9
One And Only
00:05:48

Greg Wells, ComposerLyricist - Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Matt Sweeney, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Fidelman, Engineer - Andrew Scheps, MixingEngineer - Carmen Carter, Choir - James Poyser, AssociatedPerformer - Oren Waters, Choir - Carmen Twillie, Choir - Josef Powell, Choir - James Gilstrap, Choir - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer - Smokey Hormel, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Pargman, AssociatedPerformer - Songa Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Young, Choir - Chris Dave, AssociatedPerformer - Radu Pieptea, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Waters, Choir - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - BMG Rights Management, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Chrysalis Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Sugar Lake Music, MusicPublisher - Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - David Hilgado, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Helnwein, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Wright, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Julia Waters Tillman, Choir - Carrie Kennedy, AssociatedPerformer - Lorna Maxine Waters, Choir - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Philip Broussard Jr., Engineer - Firehouse Cat, MusicPublisher

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2011 XL Recordings Ltd

10
Lovesong
00:05:16

Rick Rubin, Producer - Matt Sweeney, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Fidelman, Engineer - Andrew Scheps, MixingEngineer - James Poyser, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, ComposerLyricist - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer - Smokey Hormel, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Pargman, AssociatedPerformer - Songa Lee, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Dave, AssociatedPerformer - BORIS WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - ROGER O'DONNELL, ComposerLyricist - SIMON GALLUP, ComposerLyricist - Lol Tolhurst, ComposerLyricist - Porl Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Radu Pieptea, AssociatedPerformer - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Dondlinger, AssociatedPerformer - Fiction Songs Ltd., MusicPublisher - David Hilgado, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Helnwein, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Wright, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Carrie Kennedy, AssociatedPerformer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Philip Broussard Jr., Engineer

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

11
Someone Like You
00:04:45

Dan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Elmhirst, MixingEngineer - Adele, MainArtist - Adele Adkins, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Universal Music Publishing Ltd., MusicPublisher - BMG Rights Management, MusicPublisher - Chrysalis Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Sugar Lake Music, MusicPublisher - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Philip Allen, Engineer

2011 XL Recordings Ltd 2010 XL Recordings Ltd

Album Description

Adele's 2009 debut album, 19, was a Grammy-winning smash hit that revealed the British singer/songwriter's knack for bittersweet soul and folk-infused love songs that brought to mind an infectious mix of Dusty Springfield and Terry Callier. The album earned her a ton of fans, and interest was high for the inevitable follow-up. In many ways, her sophomore album, the similarly age-appropriate-titled 21, is a continuation of the sounds and themes Adele was working with on 19. She is still the bluesy pop diva with a singer/songwriter's soul and seemingly bottomless capacity for heartbreak. The best thing the album does is to showcase Adele's titanic vocal ability, which -- more than a few times on 21 -- is simply spine-tingling. Last time around we got the gauzy, Callier-esque folk-soul ballad "Daydreamer" to slowly draw us into the album; here, Adele immediately injects us with the propulsive gospel fever-blues anthem "Rolling in the Deep." While the track certainly owes a heavy debt to the punk-blues of Beth Ditto and the Gossip, it is also ridiculously sexy and one of the best singles of any decade. Elsewhere, we get tracks like the blues-inflected Ryan Tedder co-write "Rumour Has It" and the old-school-style soul cut "He Won't Go," which are terrifically catchy, booty-shaking numbers and exactly the kind of songs you want and expect from Adele. Similarly enthralling is the centerpiece of the album, the mega-ballad showstopper "Take It All." Co-written by her "Chasing Pavements" partner Francis White, the song begins with Adele proclaiming "Didn't I give it all?" Delivered starkly at first with Adele set against simple piano accompaniment and later backed by a gospel choir, it's an instant-classic sort of song in the tradition of "The Rose," "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going," and "All by Myself" that could stand over the years as a career landmark for the singer and a cathartic moment for fans who identify with their idol's Pyrrhic lovelorn persona. Ultimately, Adele does give us her all on 21, and for now that is enough.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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