tremendous second album from adele called '21'. most of the album was made in malibu with the legendary rick rubin (johnny cash, jay z, red hot chilli peppers) and back in kensal rise in london with paul epworth (plan b, bloc party, florence). '21' is the follow up to adele's award winning debut album '19'. both albums are named after her age at the time the songs were written. this album is richer and blusier in feel, more likely to strip down to rolling piano and gospel vocals than crank up the flashy orchestration and skittish breakbeats. standouts are the dramatic 'rolling in the deep' which combines a doomy pulse with delicious 60's girl group harmonies, 'tdder's rumour has it' with 'be my baby' percussion, elton john piano, buckets of reverb and a dizzy disco vocal loop and a earthy and still cover of the cure's 'lovesong'. the album is a step up as significant as amy winehouse's 'back to black'.
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