|Cover of Adele's second album, 21|
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins released the album titled ‘21’ in January 2011. Her debut album ‘19’ (2008) got her noticed as a novice belonged to the category of soul melodies, but with the second one, she touched the roots of classic, contemporary and country genre.
The album ‘21’ has some of the most painful heartbroken lyrics and a lover’s contempt. Whilst ‘Someone like you' yearns for leaving a memory behind, ‘Rolling in the deep’ surges the thoughts of vengeance for the lover to whom she gave it all.
View official video: "Someone like you"
Her contralto vocals distinguish her from other popular artists of her own age and experience. As she promises to “leave with every piece of you”, Adele flounces her divine vocals to make her anthems for the listeners unforgettably mindful. Versatility in arms of temperament, songs like ‘Set fire to the rain’, ‘Rumour has it’, ‘Turning tables’, make a cruel impact as the theme of love and heartbreak is appealing and universal.
The twisted lines expressing a love/hate relationship thrash all hope yet empower one to become self-sufficient as she sings “Next time I’ll be braver, I’ll be my own saviour, standing on my own two feet” in turning tables.
Entertainment Weekly critic Leah Greenblatt described, “At times, Adele's precocious talent feels prematurely aged by her material, and moments of levity are hard to find. But at its best, 21 is that rarest pop commodity: timeless."
With that said, Adele is definitely redesigning the international music scene. Personally, this album is an icon of contemporary epoch that verbalizes pain. Her exquisite pitch and distinct vocals make the music impossible to forget. Here is an album that is a must-have for 2011.
Review by Heena Makhijani