Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the November 2011 Issue of Stereophile!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 137/500!
Named as the Greatest Billboard Top 200 Album of All Time, 21 is the second studio album from the multiple BRIT, GRAMMY, Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning, Adele.
Following the success of her Grammy Award-winning debut album 19, Adele released her sophomore release, 21, in 2011. Renowned for her incredibly unique vocal and songwriting abilities, 21 is now the best-selling album of the 21st Century, with over 31 million copies sold worldwide.
Recorded in Malibu and London, 21 offered Adele the opportunity to work with such luminary producers and songwriters as Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Dan Wilson and Fraser T. Smith, as well as continuing to work with Francis "Eg" White and Jim Abbiss.
This collection of songs showcases the growth of this incredible artist, who at the very young age of twenty-two, exhibits the poise of a seasoned veteran. Adele's music takes some new direction while staying true to her signature style.
"I discovered lots of artists I'd never heard of," explained Adele, "particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with. Then I delved in to more from artists I've loved forever - Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O'Connor. There's something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired 21."
...the best thing the album does is to showcase Adele's titanic vocal ability, which - more than a few times on 21 - is simply spine-tingling.
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