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25

Adele

2015

25

Album Summary

25 is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Adele, released on 20 November 2015 by XL Recordings and Columbia Records. The album is titled as a reflection of her life and frame of mind at 25 years old and is termed a "make-up record". Its lyrical content features themes of Adele "yearning for her old self, her nostalgia", and "melancholia about the passage of time" according to an interview with the singer by Rolling Stone, as well as themes of motherhood and regret. In contrast to Adele's previous works, the production of 25 incorporated the use of electronic elements and creative rhythmic patterns, with elements of 1980s R&B and organs. Like when recording 21 (2011), Adele worked with producer and songwriter Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder, along with new collaborations with Max Martin and Shellback, Greg Kurstin, Danger Mouse, the Smeezingtons, Samuel Dixon, and Tobias Jesso Jr. 25 received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended its production and Adele's vocal performance although some were critical of its formulaic nature and Adele's lack of taking risk. Issued nearly five years after the release of her second album, the internationally successful 21, the album was widely anticipated and Adele's record labels promoted the album with an extensive marketing campaign. 25 became a massive commercial success, debuting at number one in 32 countries and breaking first-week sales records in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and United States. In the US, the album sold over 3.38 million copies in its first week of sales, marking the largest single-week sales for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. 25 was the world's best-selling album of the year for 2015, with 17.4 million copies sold within the year, and has gone on to sell over 22 million copies worldwide, making it the fourth-best selling album of the 21st century, the second-best selling album of the 2010s (behind 21), and one of the best-selling albums of all-time. Following 21, it was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making Adele the only artist of the 2010s to achieve this certification with two albums. Four singles were released to promote the album, with "Hello" becoming an international number one song and the fastest selling digital single in the US, with over a million copies sold within a week of its release, "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" charted within the top 10 and "When We Were Young" and "Water Under the Bridge" charted within the top 20 across Europe and North America. Credited for impacting the music industry by encouraging a renewed interest in buying physical releases rather than downloading or streaming and much like 21, for saving the dwindling sales of the global music industry, 25 won the 2016 Brit Award for British Album of the Year, and the 2017 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. To promote the album, Adele embarked on her third worldwide concert tour, Adele Live 2016. It started on 29 February 2016 and ended on 30 June 2017. The concert broke numerous attendance records across the globe and grossed $167.7 million.

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Rating

3.38

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3510

Genres

  • Pop
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I'm not quite sure if I'm ashamed to admit this or not, but I really like Adele's music. She is an undeniable, generational talent. And it's not just the voice, but the authenticity. Not sure what else to say really. Any album that has this many hits (even in today's over-commercialized market) is impressive.

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Music for mums 1.5 stars.

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Very powerful and talented. Closer to a 4 than I expected though. I had to listen twice to get hit by the melancholy nostalgia that runs through the album. Make me ache for a simpler time.

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I'm surprised I've never sat down and listened to the whole album before. What a tour de force.

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Normally not my genre... But she is so f**king talented. Her voice is tremendeous, but the record becomes repetative, as there is not much development. A solid album, well produced. Removed from the list (2018), and surely there are new albums that can replace this one.

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Average singer Adele returns with some more radio songs. This set is a little less show-tuney, a bit more The Knife lite. Not for me.

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2.7 - How can Adele be so talented and yet so boring? This record is totally devoid of any risks, and presents no distinct point-of-view. She's a young woman who's lived with heartbreak, has had a chance to process her pain privately and is ready to move forward with her life. Wow, Adele, so profound, and yet so relatable - it’s like she’s one of us! And I hate that she's consistently chosen to share only the most tiresome parts of her love-life. We see her always at the “crossroads”, saying goodbye with sincere regret but looking ahead to what's next. Has she never experienced the fun of being in love? The giddiness of meeting someone, the anticipation of being intimate? And why has she chosen to sanitize her pain? It's all very vague. Where are the tears that left smears of mascara on her face? What about the hours spent jealously stalking a lover on Facebook? I'm sure critics have praised this as a "mature" record (*wretch*). As expected, Adele's voice is luscious - she's truly blessed. But why use that exceptional voice to convey only the most unexceptional, "everywoman" feelings? By the end I find all the operatic belting and "you-got-this-girl" sentiments nauseating.

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Now you're pushing it

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Like the depth of her feeling and voice but don't think either are served by the orotund phrasing and production

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meh.... even if i'm extremely open-minded on this one... it's just boring to me and got bored right after the third track. Also, i never understood why people love Hello and feel that it's emotional... it just comes out corny to me...

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Hello it is me

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Incredible album, will stand the test of time I'm sure

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Ik vind haar werk super!

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Adele is who I listen to when I need to be sad and empowered at the same time.

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10/10 Adele must be protected at all costs.

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Pretty stellar album with incredible vocals and strong songs from start to finish. 9/10.

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Love her music and this album. Some of these songs are heart-wrenching that's so good.

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Hello from the other side

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One of the best singers of our generation. Album makes you happy sad.

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Still haunting

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10/10

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The Hello video only has 2.9B views. I figure if I watch it a few more times, I can be the 3 billionth view. That's cool, right? RIGHT? Such a powerhouse. It really is true. Heartbreak brings out the creativity of artists. Jagged Little Pill, Tragic Kingdom, Rumors.

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Nice.

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Really good voice and great harmonies. Not just all boring pop songs, has some nice rhythms and indie flare

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This album is actually a jam all the way through. The writing is a little repetitive but is more mature and nuanced than a lot of pop. It's cool that she mostly writes her own material (albeit with cowriters).

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It is a modern classic!

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A classic. Of course.

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One I was already familiar with before this experiment. Loved getting a chance to listen to the album!

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Adele is Adele. I already knew her and this album. Okay, she might have been inspired by some song here or there, so to say, yet this is a good piece. She deserves it.

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I enjoyed listening to this. I especially liked the songs that I hadn't heard before. I don't know that it'll cause me to listen to her more. The biggest obsession about Adele that I have is the fact that Rick Beato is obsessed with her. I LOVE to listen to him talk about her!

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This is one of the first records that Walden really liked. I haven't listened since he was probably 2-3 years old. So, 5ish years. As soon as I heard the first chords of "Hello" I was struck. This is such a good record and she is an amazing talent. I don't think the production is going to stand the test of time. Which is a shame, because Adele doesn't need any of that shit. Her talent is timeless, but it can't overcome those muted drum sounds for a perfect score.

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Muy buen disco

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White women love this shit. So does this white boy. Maybe not AS much - I'm Team Taylor, she won me over with the Folklore/Evermore Combo all the way back in 2020. You don't want to wrong Adele, unless you want an album about how you done her wrong.

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big songs, not sure i can take a full album of it, but the compositions are a notch above her peers

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Adele is a breath of fresh air. Real songs and a real voice with no auto tune

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Mjög góð plata. Þarf að stúdera nánar.

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Hello

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Vocals that are as slippery and enticing as an eel ad. Some big songs, mixed with a few middle-of-the-roads.

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Not usually my bag but she is undeniably sensational

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She’s a good singer and although I enjoyed her hits, I am definitely not into pop. I can’t say that most of her songs are memorable.

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21 is more consistent, but 25 has the higher highs. Best track: Hello

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Strong album from Adele. Only a couple tracks that were more pop that I thought were a bit weak. I could listen to power ballads all day. Hello is 10/10 and also really liked Sweetest Devotion.

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She has an amazing voice and I really enjoyed this album but I will say that her song style are similar.

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I did not expect this album to have no skips. It absolutely has no skips. This album is pop writing done incredibly well. Fantastically written and Adele’s voice is insane. This goes beyond the singles and is a solid album.

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wow i liked this a lot more than i was expecting.

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Some really great tracks on the b side I liked it way more than I expected to

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"All I Ask" is so hauntingly gorgeous. Glad I got to re-visit this album again! As much as I love 21, this record's definitely up there as well.

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rly enjoyed listening to adele sing about sad shiht. that second song is a certified banger

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oh. just what i wanted to listen to today.

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I feel like Adele is someone I shouldn't really like, only because I put her in the same category as artists like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion, and I really don't care for any of them. But damn it's hard not to like her. Such an amazing voice, coupled with powerful, emotional songs. 4 stars.

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Pretty easy to see why this album was so popular

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I think this album is overrated and all of the singles except send my love aren’t that great but it’s still Adele so it’s good even if it’s not as good as 19 or 21 or 30. All I need and send my love are the standouts

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Prachtige zangeres, met wel wat variatie in stijl van nummers

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I've always been reluctant to listen to Adele, often labelling her as miserable (true to an extent), but I enjoyed this album more than I expected to.

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Not her masterpiece, but a really solid follow up

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Adele has such a beautiful and powerful voice, and even though I'm not usually a fan of pop music, I can appreciate her talent. Hello and Send My Love are 5/5 songs to me. Send My Love always brings back fond memories of when I was in England and Scotland for vacation. This is one of the songs that kept playing on the radio and I always associate that song with that trip. Wonderful album overall.

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Весьма неплохой поп-альбом!

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Obviously a powerful voice and I like the arrangements. The lyrics... as always I find it a little hard to take a 25 year old waxing philosophical about their deep relationship travails, and how time has changed them. Even setting that aside there is a lot of faux-deep that reveals pretty banal constructions on closer examination. But hey, sometimes that’s just what you’re looking for.

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I thought she was overrated but adele kinda came thru on this one. like every song in the first half is a banger, there were a few misses in the second half tho.

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muito agradável

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Some big hits on this album. Adele is an incredible singer/songwriter. The album as a whole is very good, but quite melancholy. I feel like this is the perfect album to listen to on a gloomy day.

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Really enjoyed this album more than I thought I would. After listening to 30 and returning to this, it's noticeable just how much better and well-aged this album has lasted in comparison to her new one. Sure it's a lot of stripped-down piano and guitar ballads but I'm a fan of that shtick.

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Great voice, music seems to get really heavy and dramatic though.

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4.25

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Not bad, love Adele’s voice, but find the music behind it uninspired

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Not my cup of tea. Overly produced and I'm not wild about the timbre of her voice.

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I've never listened to an Adele album all the way through. I've always assumed that radio and shopping centres will provide me with enough of her (admittedly quite good) music. Obviously I've heard Hello a lot. The third beat song with that word in the title. I have a massive soft spot for it, as my daughter used to sing it when she was too small to pick up all the words. So I always remember her versions when I hear it. Hello. It's me, I've been waiting for this moment in the unagalaxy. Send My Love To Your New Lover is familiar and pretty good too. The next couple of tracks are pretty samey though. She definitely has a comfort zone... I recognize, but am fairly ambivalent about Remedy, and River Lea wakes me up a little, if only because I used to like a run along there. There's not much else worth writing home about tbh. She has an incredible voice, but it largely gets used in one way, which limits the enjoyment I can get out of it.

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I actually find her voice a bit overwrought and I can’t listen to it all in one go. It lacks subtlety and nuance in the sound, but you can’t deny that she’s a good song writer. I’d probably prefer to listen to Kraftwerk than this.

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Likeable pop. Powerful voice. Hard to criticize Adele, but I'm not a big fan of this. Could be my age, but it sounds way overproduced and overly dramatic.

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Предисловие: Давно слышал про эту исполнительницу, но никак небыло времени её послушать. Поехали! Прослушивание 1: 1 А....это она поёт.... ностальгия. Я даже клип помню! Вспоминаю как приходил со школы, включал телевизор и просто наслаждался жизнью :3 2 Какой необычный инструментал. И голос красивый :) 3 Вау.... синтез яркого голоса и относительно томного инстркментала прекрасен!!!! Трек добавлен 4 Очень томный трек... сложно слушать. Но мне всеравно нравится! 5 Красиво, прикольно. Не более. 6 Потанцевать можно. Мотивирует... 7 Я в каждом треке поражаюсь голосу Адель! Это шикарно! Хотя немного приедается.... Треки похожи друг на друга 8 Снова карсивый голос под пианино.... мне сложно такое слушать, простите 9 Какие красивые завывания) . Трек похож на эстрадный, кто у кого украл не знаю))) . А если серъёзно, то как по мне самый эмоциональный трек с альбома. Лайк! 10 Эмоциональная давка. Так я это опишу... Я проникся.... Очень сильно! 11 Отоличный завершающий трек! Альбом хоть и просел в середине, но впечатления пока приятные Прослушивание 2-3: в целом мне понравился альбом. Но переслушивать устал, слишком быстро приедается. Добавил трек 2 и все Вывод: Альбом прекрасен, как и сама Адель. Я менжуюсь между 3 и 4, нопоставлю 3. Альбом я не добавлю, и треков добавил не так много. Если бы можно было поставить 3.5, то я бы так и сделал. Стыдно

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3

Adeles powerful vocals overpower some mediocre lyrics, there are some absolute classics on here but I found that many tracks got a little too repetitive over time

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Part of me wishes I saw in this album what everyone else saw in it when it came out, and while it's good, it's not the genre-defining masterpiece others seem to regard it as. Decent tho!

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Pop vocal is just not my wheel house, so I sm most certainly NOT the one to judge this albums artistic merit. For me this album sounds generic in its pop vocal performance. Her voice is sublime there is no doubt but you better bring more to the table than a pretty voice to catch my ear. First off ballad after ballad makes for a boring listen for me. When she does open up a little like on Send My Love...it sounds like rip off of the Lorde hit from 2 years earlier. I'm not an Adele officialdom but I've never heard anything that comes any where near Rolling in the Deep. As I type Sweetest Devotion comes on and it's easily the best song on the album. Makes the album climb from a 2.5 stars to 3 🌟.

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Adele sings well.

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Fuld fløde, klaver, god vokal

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ok sygt

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Top bird with a cracking set of... Lungs.

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She’s a damn good singer and I appreciate that her songwriting is deeply expressive without being so blatantly dirty laundry airing the way that idiot Taylor Swift’s is. This isn’t the kind of music I like to listen to, but I have a lot of respect for her tremendous talent. The album feels too repetitive in tone as it goes on to really give me what I need to be converted to a fan.

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3

Still beautiful and powerful singing, but also a lot of anonymous fillers

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3

Does little for me but hard to say she's not brilliant.

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Obviously talented. Enjoyed 'Send My Love' and 'All I Ask'. The rest is a bit boring, and I can't handle that much sad/soppiness in one go. Needs cheering up a bit.

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Geweldige stem natuurlijk, maar voor een plaat die je gehoord moet hebben voor je doodgaat, vind ik dit nogal een saaie-.

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I guess I was surprised by how many songs I actually knew from this album without knowingly listening to it before ("Hello", "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)", "When We Were Young"). That's what being the second best selling album of the 2010 decade does: makes you a major staple of the pop culture. It's hard not appreciate the talent: a searing, powerful, soulful voice. Most songs are extremely dramatic and about relationships and regrets. They tend to be the former state of a relationship not necessarily a story. Working with superstar producers and writers, the production and songs sound great. On the critique side if that ene matters, most of the songs and structures are formuliac and the album tends to drag in the second half. The exception is the last song, "Sweetest Devotion", which might have been my favorite song on the album..traditional rock band structure, great backing vocals and especially her voice. l do like her next album "30" better which I'm sure is also in my future.

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Obviously very talented but not for me

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Pretty standard pop diva stuff. For some reason she seems to appeal to me more than most of the others, not sure why but I think she has a touch of I due in her. 3 🌟

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Although the mood of the album can feel interminably conservative to the point of bleeding and blurring into each other, 25 showcases Adele doing what Adele does best: conveying heart, soul, emotion and regalia in her music. One can understand why this became a smash once it dropped six and a half years ago. Favorites: Hello, Send My Love (To Your New Lover), Remedy, River Lea, Love in the Dark, A Million Years Ago.

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Good for what it is, plus a couple singles that belong on her greatest hits collection

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A good album but not nearly as great as her first, IMO. Feels much more over produced. Has more of a pop sentiment and is less soulful. Still... she's pretty amazing.

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Pop, soul. Melódico. Aburridito.

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I suspect this is slightly over-rated.

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Couldn't bring myself to listen, I can do without the diabetic shock. I liked it back in the day, but I'm as far from torch ballads as I can be at the moment

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Vaak gehoord dus ik zou er niet zelf naar luisteren

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Not really my thing personally if I'm being honest but I can still definitely respect her vocal talents and the songwriting quality of this album. I don't know if I'd seek it out but I wouldn't complain if it was on.

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My greatest respects to Adele. She's a wonderful singer songwriter but, some songs haven't grow very well with me in this album . If you heard them too many times you don't want to hear them again for a long long time while some others are just mediocre to typically good . At least she doesn't cheat by using autotune like many others of her age and that is plus. Overall a good album 3.5

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her voice is incredible and its wild how popular this became. Lots of praise for specialty production but not in a way that I can super recognize....humbling lol.

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Sure

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13th May 2022 no idea what’s going on with dates Listened during the day while working from home, went to the pub with Cox to watch the north London derby. Not Adele’s best, but hello is a classic and there are some very moving songs on here. One of the great modern voices.

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I prefer the white-hot angry Adele of 21 over the blue regret-filled Adele of 25, but it’s still a nice listen.

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Nice

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This is not on my copy of the list, once again putting on full display the absurd turn around time for new albums getting tossed on the list and then relegated to the dustbin. The single is a banger, but Adelle is a talent for making bangers. I've never bothered to give an album of hers a deep dive. Momcore isn't exactly a go-to genre for me, although I guess I'm glad there's someone out there not bad carrying the torch for Cher and Melissa Ethridge. I'm about halfway through at this point and, unfortunately, the singles are carrying this album pretty hard. Final verdict: A few standout moments but overall not essential.

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I recognize her talents. Amazing pipes, great lyrics. Yet, the music (chord structure, instrumentation) just isn’t very interesting in the end.

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I've heard at least one of these songs before, but ended up liking the album more than expected.

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Great singer but it doesn’t grab me where it matters and the whole thing just passed me by in a gentle sameness.

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About 4 years better than the last one.

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3 1/2

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Inégal comme album. La voix est superbe et la production sonne bien. Après, certains reprochent à Beyoncé d’avoir pleins de collaborateurs pour écrire ses pièces et bien on a la même chose ici. Par contre ici, je trouve que ça ne se tiens pas aussi bien comme tout. Il y a des styles qui ne lui vont pas bien (Send my love fait très Taylor Swift). J’ai l’impression qu’il pourrait y avoir 3-4 albums différents avec les styles des différentes pièces. Aussi, pour une fille de 25 ans, j’ai l’impression que ça s’adresse à un publique de gens beaucoup plus vieux. Elle a définitivement du talent et une voix unique, mais je m’attendais à être plus séduit par l’album. C’est correct. Pièces préférées: I Miss You, River Lea, Million Years Ago

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Y’a du très bon et du très mauvais sur cet album. Elle est particulièrement intéressante dans les chansons qui ont un grand range dynamique comme Hello. Quand c’est doux, c’est plein de textures, tant au piano qu’au vocal. Quand c’est fort, ça arrache tout. À la fin d’un album entier, on est un peu tanné de se faire crier dans les oreilles par contre. Aussi à Water under the bridge, j’étais certain que c’était une pub qui partait. Ça sonne comme un loop qu’on achète sur Envato. Pas bon ça.

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Heel goed, maar luister niet heel vaak ernaar

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OK, but not for me

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One of the few modern pop stars I really can get into.

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Not my thing, did not enjoy

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A few undoubtedly popular/great songs, but I was underwhelmed with the majority of the album. Highlight: Hello Lowlight: Million Years Ago

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Very well written pop songs that allow Adele to highlight her vocal abilities without resorting to going to a falsetto for every song (a common complaint I have with modern pop vocalists). Overall though I found the first half of the album to be much stronger than the second half. The main highlight for me on the second half was the closer Sweetest Devotion. It just felt like all the tracks after Water Under the Bridge ran into eachother until reaching Sweetest Devotion.

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She has a classically trained voice, which is raised by the professional production. There is more depth to the mood of the album than an average pop album. The album is piano and string driven. The songs with drums act as high points to the album. The guitar driven song is a nice breath in arrangement near the end. The album is bookended by two stand out songs. The middle gets washed out in mood from too many similar feeling songs.

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3

None of the tunes made an impact on me. She has a strong voice, though she sounds like she has a sore throat. The back up vocals are nice, and there's some pretty piano in there as well.

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Better than i remembered, or at least the first half was. The piano and vocal balads as shite though. Undeniable talent, but not always used to her full potential

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Cheer up luv, its not that bad. Cracking pipes but not really for me

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Beautiful, powerful voice. 5/5 stars for that. Of course the music isn’t my favorite and, as most music these days is, the focal point is the vocals. To me, vocals should be a supporting role to the music and nothing more. The music and instruments are much more important.

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3

EVERYTHING IS SO DRAMATIC AND HOW DOES ADELE GET THROUGH A DAY WITHOUT WARBLING

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Like the first song, the rest not really a fan.

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This one would be better featuring in a book called “1001 albums you will likely be subjected to before you die”. I may be jaded partly by the fact that it wss only a week ago that i got 21, another Adele album. Full disclosure. i did not listen to all of it. But i tried. Twice. both times i made it about 6-7 songs in before I realised i wasn’t listening and her voice was distracting me from my thoughts and irritating me. i was quite surprised to hear that she actualy wrote a lot of these songs herself. They sound like they are manufactured to showcase her voice. But they are bland, manufactured pop trash. Kmart background noise. Great music sounds like it is beimg performed with passion. This has some of the ingredients, her voice is good, it is clearly well produced and no doubt the session musicians are spot on. But it has no soul. No narrative. And her great voice becomes whiney. No thanks. i hope there are no more Adele albums in this project.

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Tja wat moet ik hier dan mee? Muziekaal en vocaal is het echt erg goed, dat hoor ik wel. Maar het doet me werkelijk niks.

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Het zit allemaal best goed in elkaar en ze is een geweldige zangeres. Maar het pakt me gewoon niet zo.

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Ik weet dat dit goed is, maar het is gewoon niks voor mij...

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Amazing voice but not really my thing. Obviously have heard Hello a million times, everywhere...but liked Send My Love and Million Years Ago more. Paul adds: Great voice, but there's a sameness about the songs that makes it feel tedious by the end.

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Love the voice, but the songs have a sameness to them that gets tedious after a while.

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Some songs like I Miss You and When We Were Young are very interesting. Others like Send My Love and Water Under The Bridge are obnoxious. Very two-sided album.

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Quite like Adele as a singles artist, none of the songs I knew were here though and found it surprisingly dull

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Similar to how her previous album sweeped Grammy awards, 25 walked away with two awards and the leading single, "Hello", earned 3. Obviously, the industry views Adele as a powerhouse. I do not share that sentiment. They're not bad songs, but they're not the most fantastic or memorable songs either. Adele does little to push her pop songs in new and interesting directions. Great for casual listening audiences that tune into the radio and not much more, but not so much for me. Has Adele earned a rightful spot in the annals of pop history? Sure. Has she earned a spot on any of my playlists? Probably not.

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I thought I had already reviewed this. But no, this is the same album with a slightly different cover.

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I like Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You, neither of which is on this album. Still, I thought this album has some potential to be a nice one. Turns out, I really don't care for any of her other songs than the two aforementioned. Adele has a really good voice. But her songs are soooo boring. It's just cookie-cutter pop music. A complete waste of time.

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Cheer the fuck up. After 3 albums did She ever stop to think the problem might be her? Songwriting is actually pretty basic considering there's a team of the fuckers. strong vocal tbf but theres plenty of those. 2/5

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Viel zu glatt, zu viel Pathos. Teilweise zieht sich bei mir alles zusammen, wenn sie hoch und laut singt. 1 Punkt kommt mir aber zu hart vor, daher 2.

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raw talent x megabucks production = love island montage soundtrack

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Another mega-pop artist one struggles to get and/or is not much moved by.

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Great set of pipes on her, but too pop for me.

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Meh. Some of the songs are okay, I guess. It's a pretty boring album overall.

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A lab-grown, executive-directed, soulless album with about as much cultural impact as the first Avatar movie. Adele has great vocals, but some of the vocal rhythms/song structures here are so tortured they should be protected under the Geneva convention.

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Given 21 is on the list, I don’t agree that 25 needs to be on the list too. This is just a more boring version of 21.

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6 tracks in and my attention's starting to wander. She reminds me of the date from hell. You know the one. She is really attractive with this sardonic sense of humour. After two cocktails she's given the bottle of white a fair going over, and is now totally off about a past relationship. The humour has gone and you are just waiting for the night to end. It's nice for Adele that's she's made a bucket of money from her angst, but maybe it's time to move on.

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Vocal acrobatics, but not in a good way. What a waste.

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Thought her previous album was the classic one? That one contained at least one great song (Rolling in the Deep)...

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Her voice is great but not for me.

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Not my cup of tea.

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Does anyone buy it when these low-end department store background music singers get writing credits? Every song on this album was written by a different person/writing team - there's no way Adele's involvement extended beyond changing a few vocal lines once she was already in the studio. I'm also gonna put on my hipster hat and say it: this is horrendously factory-produced pop drivel. The songs feel like they came from a textbook, they're full of manufactured emotion and presented as an immense personal journey for Adele. Which begs the question: was said journey just as immense for the other 50 people who wrote this shit? 1/5.

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Boring. Was hard to make it through this album. I know she has a great voice but these songs were Snooooorrrring

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God damn that was dull

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Boring. At every point they chose safe and simple. This could have been made by any half talented singer in any era.

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One of the most grating voices in popular music. Karen-core music that is barely tolerable.

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