Thank you, Adele, for toppling Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never: The Remixes” from Billboard’s No. 1 album position.
Thank you, Adele, for toppling Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never: The Remixes” from Billboard’s No. 1 album position. The female British singer and 2009’s Best New Artist Grammy winner seemed to have the cure for “Bieber Fever.”
Adele’s latest, “21,” is the No. 1 album in the land this week. It’s the sophomore release follow-up to 2009’s “19,” which barely cracked the top 10. “19” featured the hit “Chasing Pavement,” which showcased her vocal strength, creating a niche for herself amid a flurry of female talent flooding the scene.
“21” is fueled by the lead single, “Rolling In The Deep,” which is currently at No. 26 and rising on the Hot 100 singles chart. It takes only one listen to see what all the fuss is about. This girl can wail.
I first caught her ability when I heard her stirring rendition of “To Make You Feel My Love.” She captured the essence of the song, and she was only 19 at the time.
Adele’s albums are titled according to her age at the time she writes and records them, which adds to the interest.
“21” carries on her signature sound while progressing to new directions musically. I like this trait. It’s what being an artist is all about. You can sense the source of her musical influence, as hints of old-school R&B, blues and gospel mesh with Americana and soulful country flair. It’s unique, for sure.
“Rolling In The Deep,” easily the best track on the record, builds anticipation as it goes. Adele soars over the powerful chorus lyrics, “We could have had it all (You’re gonna wish you never had met me), Rolling in the deep (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), You had my heart inside your hands (You’re gonna wish you never had met me), And you played it to the beat (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).”
The rest of “21” follows suit, and is not all filler. There are plenty of worthy tracks, all done Adele-style, including the piano-driven ballads’ “Someone Like You,” “Turning Tables” and “Take It All.” All are perfectly written, arranged and performed.
Excelling on heartbreak anthems, the girl can stir it up when needed. That’s the case with “Rumor Has It” (not the Reba McEntire song — although I bet Adele could tear that up) and “He Won’t Go.”
My favorites are “Set Fire To The Rain” and “Don’t You Remember,” both which solidify her Best New Artist win.
Fans of The Cure may be surprised to hear a cover of the band’s 1989 hit “Lovesong,” to which Adele breathes new life into the classic track.
“21” is a 10 in my book.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at email@example.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.