Flattening all memory of her debut

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Album Review: Adele - 21 (XL)


Album Review: Adele – 21 (XL)

[a]Adele[/a]’s [b]‘21’[/b] is frontloaded like a steamroller sent to flatten all memory of her debut with the roiling gospel thump of [b]‘Rolling In The Deep’[/b] and [b]‘Rumour Has It’[/b], a swamp song so perfectly shadowy [b]David Lynch[/b] might be fond of it. They’re light years ahead of the supermarket-brand hurt [a]Adele[/a] bled all over [b]‘19’[/b], which begs the question: why allow that pastel-pink mush to reanimate in the opener’s wake? Still, the Auto-Tune and teenage love stuff don’t entirely ruin a surprisingly weighty return that includes the [b]Karen Dalton[/b]-like [b]‘Someone Like You’[/b] and talk-to-the-hand country slink of [b]‘I’ll Be Waiting’[/b].

[b]Chris Parkin[/b]

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6 out of 10