An international award magnet, Adele’s 21 is going to be a hearty slice of the best pop we’ll be hearing this year. Am I the only one who is so bored of Lady Gaga these days?
An impressive comeback, 21 is just as solid as 19 but with a stronger point of view. Encapsulated, the tracks present a powerful break-up anthology that percolates amidst a bluesy and gospel canvas.
21’s only blemishes are due to some overproduction. The studio version of “Someone Like You” is disappointing compared to the live version which is epic. “Don’t You Remember” and “I’ll be Waiting” seem like Adele is trying to prove that she can sing and that’s been clearly established.
Having said that, the rest of the album is truly glorious.