Only a few days have passed since British singer-songwriter Adele released her second album*, 21,* and it is already soaring to the top of the UK and USA charts, including landing the #1 selling album slot on iTunes. Billboard magazine describes 21best as, “delicate folk-soul…with headstrong forays into fiery disco-gospel, stomping blues and ’70s-styled R&B.” At times maudlin, at others majestic, the searing tracks will get you right in your core. You know that place inside where love and hate, hope and regret, sadness and sentimentality all live. The place where tears are born and shed into things of beauty, like 21.
At twenty-two years old, this stunning vocalist is just one year older than I was when I had a similar heartbreak to the one she sings about on 21. That was the mid 90’s so my soundtrack of sorrow was Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. With this new CD, Adele has taken Morissette’s ballsy, scorned Pill and given it a 21st century, bluesy, British makeover. She takes us on a journey through the desolate land of heartbreak, as she rolls in the deep, sets fire to rain and ultimately finds a boy.
Some of the stops along the way include: Rumour Has It, a rockin’ breakup anthem that will have you grooving in your chair like Napolean Dynamite followed by Turning Tables that will make you want stand outside someone’s window with a boom box on your shoulders. Next stop: Don’t You Remember, a melodic torch song where her pain is palpable and crushing; be sure to grab your Kleenex and box of old keepsakes.
Towards the latter half of the CD, Adele pays a quick visit to the 80’s, with her haunting rendition of The Cure’s Lovesong. And then, just as you’re feeling warm and fuzzy, she hits hard with a swelling piano and raw emotion and in Someone Like You. This song will bring you to your knees, I guarantee it. “Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember you said, ‘Sometimes it lasts in love, But sometimes it hurts instead’.”
According to Billboard, Adele has managed to become the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two titles simultaneously in the top five of both the U.K. singles and album charts. And I’m calling it right here and right now, she will be legendary. So don’t miss out on history in the making and go get yourself this CD. Whether you’re nursing your own heart back from break or you’re simply a fan of all things Lilith Fair-ish, this CD will feed your soul with timeless messages, brilliant vocals and luscious melodies.
For a taste of the lusciousness, check out this clip of Adele singing Someone Like Youon the British show Later Live with Jools Holland. When you watch her sing you can see that she feels every note through to the tips of her toes. Her passion is rich and infectious; you can’t help but catch it.