21 by Adele (Music)

CD Info
21 by Adele
©2011 Columbia Records
ASIN: B004EBT5CU

Summary
21 is the highly anticipated sophomore album from British singer-songwriter Adele. Her first album, 19, was not an overwhelming success in the United States with only one major single released, but was a critically acclaimed Grammy award winner. Released in February 2011, 21 is already receiving high amounts of praise, and increasing radio airplay with a number of singles. Adele’s style ranges from jazzy to rock and roll, with nearly any style proving complimentary to her full bodied voice. Her vocal talent only serves to add more emotion to her already gripping lyrics that are written from the soul. Her deep connection to her lyrics is also made evident by the fact that both of her albums were named after her age at the time the songs were written.

Annotation
21 is the highly anticipated sophomore album from British singer-songwriter Adele. It is a timeless and beautifully crafted album ranging from rock and roll to piano ballads all while featuring her stunning vocals and lyrical mastery.

Critical Evaluation
Prior to the release of 21, singer/songwriter Adele was not very well known in the United States, but she has since grown in popularity with her singles “Rolling in the Deep” and “Turning Tables,” both of which were featured on the hit television show Glee. Adele serenades listeners with her rich vocals, and deeply personal yet moving lyrics that listeners can relate to. 21 showcases a wide variety of genres, but maintains a rather classic and timeless sound that would appeal to nearly anyone. As a vocalist myself, I absolutely adore Adele’s raw approach to music and can’t help but attempt to imitate her amazing voice in an attempt to further connect with her powerful lyrics, and I’m certain that others would have a similar reaction.

Information about the Artist
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, known under the mononym Adele, is an English singer-songwriter. She was the first recipient of the BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice and was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2008 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2008. Since her debut, 19, Adele has received much recognition both commercially and critically. The album debuted at number one, and has been certified four times platinum in the UK. Her career in the US was boosted by a viewer record–breaking Saturday Night Live episode in late 2008. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele won the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Adele released her second album 21 on 24 January 2011 in the UK, and 22 February in the US. The album was a critical and commercial success, selling 208,000 copies in its first week in the UK and debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart, a position it managed to hold for sixteen weeks. In the United Kingdom, 21 has been certified ten times Platinum for shipment of 3.0 million units. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, selling 352,000 copies in its first week. The album has charted at number one in 17 European countries and the United States

Genre
R&B
Soul
Blues

Reading Level/ Interest Age
14+

Challenge Issues
N/A

Why Included?
In the effort of including musical variety, I chose Adele as an amazing singer/songwriter who’s passionate about her music and would inspire and move her listeners.

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