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"Adele’s soul-inflected pop appealed to Baby Boomers nostalgic for Etta James, Carole King and 'Dusty in Memphis'. It also appealed to teens struggling with the first sting of heartbreak, hipsters who missed Amy Winehouse, traditionalists weary of synthesizers and vocal effects and non-pop fans who simply found it refreshing to hear a singer belt out her blues with conviction. By singing almost exclusively about a relationship gone wrong, Adele made songs that anyone could identify with. Conventional wisdom says that in the fragmented post-modern era, an artist must target her demographic carefully, but '21' wasn’t niche-marketed. It was made for everyone and — surprise! — everyone listened."
Tris McCall, Newark Star-Ledger

Battling writer's block in her attempt to follow up the surprise success of 19, British singer-songwriter Adele Adkins recorded ten songs influenced by the country and bluegrass sounds her North American tour had exposed her to. Only one of the ten, the ballad "Take It All", proved up to her standards, but the bitter relationship song triggered a fight with her older boyfriend. Thus inspired - and driven to drink - Adele put together the eventual lead single "Rolling In The Deep" the very next day with producer Paul Epworth. With her writer's block obliterated, Adele got back to business and over the course of the next months finished the modern era's answer to Rumours.

21 is Adele's second album and the highest-selling album of The New '10s. The top-selling album of 2011 and 2012, 21 won Adele many, many awards throughout its run of chart dominance and, upon the release of the Concert Film/Live Album Adele Live At The Royal Albert Hall, made her the first artist to ever hold a year's top-selling DVD, album, and single all at once. As such, it is the best-known example of a modern blockbuster.



  1. "Rolling in the Deep" - 3:48
  2. "Rumour Has It"- 3:43
  3. "Turning Tables" - 4:10
  4. "Don't You Remember" - 4:03
  5. "Set Fire to the Rain" - 4:01
  6. "He Won't Go" - 4:38
  7. "Take It All" - 3:48
  8. "I'll Be Waiting" - 4:01
  9. "One and Only" - 5:48
  10. "Lovesong" - 5:16
  11. "Someone Like You" - 4:44
  12. "If It Hadn't Been For Love" - 3:08 (UK, Taiwan, Poland, and Bulgaria bonus track)
  13. "Hiding My Heart" - 3:28 (UK, Taiwan, Poland, and Bulgaria bonus track)


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