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Adele

21

Second album from the London-born pop / soul singer-songwriter

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
XL
UK Release date
24/01/2011
  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Watch out here for the majestic closing track, Someone Like You – a torch song exquisitely delivered. Brilliant
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  2. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Whether she can sell American country sounds to a British audience remains to be seen, but avoiding the dancefloor pyrotechnics that so many singers are drawn to at the moment is a wise move — on this album she out-divas them all
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  3. 10.0 |   The Scotsman

    Every tune here is a bona fide hit
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  4. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    21 sounds mainstream, but never too slick or overloaded
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  5. 9.0 |   music OMH

    One of the great 'break-up' albums, and the first truly impressive record of 2011
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  6. 9.0 |   BBC

    Genuinely brilliant
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  7. 9.0 |   Clash

    Adele is sincere, poignant and affecting throughout
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  8. 8.0 |   State

    Deserves every bit of praise that will inevitably come its way once it is unleashed on the masses
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A progressive, grown-up second collection
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

    It's a step up as significant as Amy Winehouse's Back To Black. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    21 is the coming of age record that its title suggests
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  12. 8.0 |   Spin

    If you're looking for a record that'll make you wanna trash your beloved's belongings and have make-up sex amid the ruins, 21's your jam
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  13. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Here’s hoping that if Adele ever finds true love, she doesn’t lose her ability to so convincingly channel heartbreak
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  14. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Formidable lungpower
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  15. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Blood Pressures won't leave you feeling clean, but The Kills have found redemption
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  16. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Pop music should take more cues from Adele and this album, and less cues from other soul-wannabes/more-dancehall-hits like Duffy or Amy Winehouse
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  17. 7.0 |   AU Review

    Aims to consolidate her reputation as one of the great singers of her age
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  18. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Her cover of the Cure's "Lovesong" is a nice idea lost in bossa nova fluff. But when the grooves are fierce, Adele gives as good as she gets
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  19. 7.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    If only Adele could learn to weed out the filler, she could produce something truly amazing
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  20. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A very good, very flawed record that, on occasion, demonstrates why Adele Adkins is just at the beginning of a potentially very special career
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  21. 6.5 |   The Observer

    An album where the shivers don't come as often as they should
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  22. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    A more rootsy sound for 21 than her debut 19
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  23. 6.0 |   NME

    Frontloaded like a steamroller sent to flatten all memory of her debut
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  24. 6.0 |   The Fly

    Not a bad album, but just could have been so much more
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  25. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The album may be top-heavy with big, billowing ballads, but it has an authentic emotional charge running through its 11 tracks. Print edition only

  26. 6.0 |   Eye Weekly

    Soaring between jealousy, regret and hate is Adele’s bluesy ache of a voice, here set to sparse Motown arrangements
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  27. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    For most of 21, she's cast as a fortress of old-school soul besieged by lifeless jingles, a force of nature restrained by multiplatinum fetters
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  28. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    A fundamentally patchy album
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  29. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Hopelessly weak and irrelevant
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  30. 5.0 |   Blurt

    Maybe for 25, Ms. Adkins will hook up with somebody like Mark Ronson or Danger Mouse to give her voice a real go-at-it
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  31. 4.0 |   Uncut

    Print edition only

  32. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Dreary ballads and overwrought delivery
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  33. 4.0 |   The Digital Fix

    This album is no fun at all
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