21 is the eagerly awaited sophomore album from British singer-songwriter Adele. It’s the follow up to Adele’s critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning debut album 19 (both named after her age at the time the songs were written). 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 new 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, 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.”
I had taken a break from music for on while, until I heard Adele on DWTS TV
show. Then I found her again on the Grammies this year! I ordered Adele 21
within 24 hours! I love her music, voice, instrumental abilities and the
direction inwhich she is developing her style. I followed that CD with Adele
19. At first I thought, well this was 2 years ago & she has learned in that
period of time. As I began really listening to the songs on this album I
realized WOW, this is definitely good, too! I am happily back into music and
Adele is on my favorite list!