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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

3.31

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4610

Genres

  • Pop
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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Music for mums 1.5 stars.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
2

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

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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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

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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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

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

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

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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Sun May 15 2022
2

Now you're pushing it

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Wed Jun 15 2022
2

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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Tue Feb 15 2022
1

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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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Hello it is me

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

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

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Ik vind haar werk super!

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

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

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

10/10 Adele must be protected at all costs.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

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

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Fri May 20 2022
5

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

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Hello from the other side

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

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

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

Still haunting

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

10/10

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

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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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Nice.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

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

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Love Adele! So passionate and gets the listener to really connect to the lyrics in their own way. My fav song was Water Under the Bridge.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Sing this one at the top of your lungs and you will feel better for it! Such a powerful album and means alot to me personally. Adele has one of the most powerful voices and each song ignites a new feeling deep within whether it be anger, heartbreak, love etc. Favourite songs: When we were young, Love in the dark

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Certified Hood Classic

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

The first album that was already part of my listening library - one that I listen to in full occasionally because it is an *experience.* I'm not sure how true it is but I heard this year that Adele wrote Hello to her younger self and ever since, I listen to it differently. She transmits an extraordinary amount of emotion through song, and seven years later, I still get chills listening. I adore Hello, Send My Love, I Miss You, Remedy, Water Under the Bridge, River Lea, Million Years Ago.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

I was caught off guard at how much I enjoyed the songs that weren’t hits on this album. 9/10

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

Beautiful every song. Adele’s voice is heavenly and heartfelt.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Hello, I miss you, When we were young, Water under the bridge, River Lea,

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

It is a modern classic!

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

A classic. Of course.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

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

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

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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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

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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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Muy buen disco

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

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

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Mjög góð plata. Þarf að stúdera nánar.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Hello

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

Not usually my bag but she is undeniably sensational

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

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

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

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

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

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

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

"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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Fri May 20 2022
4

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

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Wed May 25 2022
4

oh. just what i wanted to listen to today.

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Sat May 28 2022
4

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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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Pretty easy to see why this album was so popular

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

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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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Prachtige zangeres, met wel wat variatie in stijl van nummers

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

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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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Not her masterpiece, but a really solid follow up

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

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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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Весьма неплохой поп-альбом!

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

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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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

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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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

muito agradável

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

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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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

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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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

A bit long and not my favorite music, but essentially every song has enough of a hook to keep itself interesting and raise above just "nice sounding" music. Hello is an all time classic. Impressive.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

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

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

4.25

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Great listen for being in your feeling. Water under the bridge was my favorite.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Excellent pop. Well produced. Well played.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

There are just some very impressive moments on this album, Adele has one hell of a set of pipes.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Listened Before? N I've heard selections from this album, and the first track was SO overplayed when it was current that it makes me want to NOT like the album... but in spite of that, I really enjoyed it. When We Were Young is my favorite, and that's what I've added to the playlist. Added to Library? N

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I've said it before - Adele is one of (if not) the best pop artists that has come along this century. She is also one of the best of all time. Great vocals, incredible lyrics - their combo brings out such emotion. Enough to give you goosebumps. Not sure if I love all the compositions - maybe she needs to choose her producers and collaborators better? Sometimes it just felt a little too over-produced (I Miss You, River Lea) when what I think would have been better was something more stripped down (emphasizing her talent). I think Hello is a bit overplayed but you can't deny its raw power - and it is a very minimal track as far as instruments go. Ditto When We Were Young. Send My Love and Water Under the Bridge have a bit more going on musically than others but I still love them - enchanting. The second half of the album wasn't quite as good as the first, though I appreciate it did feel more stripped down. I think her previous album was just a bit better. Not quite a 5 for me, but probably 4.5.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Great album and amazing voice

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

This is a solid album. Adele has a fantastic voice. It's definitely mood music but there's nothing wrong with that.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Que en este álbum este When we were young ya le da cinco estrellas automáticamente. Su voz para mí es siempre un viaje a la melancolía, pero al final solo cuatro estrellas por qué hubo canciones que se me hicieron repetitivas.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

I love her voice. She is powerful, and clear. Great arrangements around her

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

One of the great voices of our generation. Often artists lose their stride by the 3rd album, But think this album managed to live up to 21. Few mediocre tunes but some brilliant ones.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

so fucking good wow

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Amazing voice, the deeper cuts start to border on cheesey/whiney.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Ehjä, upea albumi. Sopii niin tielle kuin vaikka lemmiskelyyn

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

7/10. On one hand there are some great songs, on the other hand the style is just too consistent throughout the album to hold my attention all the way through.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Solid

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Très bon album, honnêtement les chansons son très bonnes et overall le flux de l'album est divertissant. Adele a une voix incroyable, mais par contre un peu fatigante un album de temps.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Tres bon album, j’adore hello et les single de l’album mais l’ensemble est tres bon, adele a aune super voix ! 4.25

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

I like Adele quite a bit to be honest I like 25 but 21 is where it’s at. This is still good though I especially really liked River lea what a tune!

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

im surprised that hello was the most overplayed track of this album, the rest is amazing great album. A worthy successor to 21

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

8,5/10

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

I'd never intentionally listened to Adele before this. I enjoyed it. She's incredibly talented. This isn't something I'd reach for but I don't dislike it.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

I enjoy this album but it isn't her best. 21 is her best.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Pleasantly surprised to see Adele on this list - I have absolute no idea, why I didn’t expect that, when she so obviously belongs here. Adele, for me, is clearly at her strongest when the piano is at focus and everything is grandiose and a tad dark. Obvious highlights are “Hello” and “When We Were Young”, but “I Miss You” really is the one that takes my breath away. What a powerhouse of a track! On the other hand I don’t get the hype about “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” which I find totally misplaced and heartless. I really don’t need that much radio-pop on my Adele album. Nevertheless; on 25 Adele once again proves that she just might be her generations greatest singer. And that’s saying something.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

What a set of pipes on this one. Adele has a phenomenal voice and the production does not get any better than this. No wonder that sales were through the roof - this is music that you can put on either in the background of a romantic dinner or for when you want a crowd to scream along to 'Hello'.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
3

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

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

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

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

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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Tue Feb 01 2022
3

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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Tue Feb 01 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

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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Sun Feb 06 2022
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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Tue Feb 08 2022
3

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

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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Sat Feb 12 2022
3

Adele sings well.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

Fuld fløde, klaver, god vokal

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

ok sygt

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Sat Feb 19 2022
3

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

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

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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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

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

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

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

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

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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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

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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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

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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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

Obviously very talented but not for me

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

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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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

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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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

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

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Sat Apr 09 2022
3

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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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Pop, soul. Melódico. Aburridito.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

I suspect this is slightly over-rated.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

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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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Vaak gehoord dus ik zou er niet zelf naar luisteren

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

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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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

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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Mon May 09 2022
3

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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Mon May 09 2022
3

Sure

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Fri May 13 2022
3

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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Tue May 31 2022
3

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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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Nice

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

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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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

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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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

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

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

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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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

About 4 years better than the last one.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

3 1/2

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

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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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

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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Tue Jul 05 2022
3

Heel goed, maar luister niet heel vaak ernaar

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Tue Jul 05 2022
3

OK, but not for me

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

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

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Not my thing, did not enjoy

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Tue Jul 12 2022
3

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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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

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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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

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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Sat Jul 30 2022
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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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Love Adele the person. Her music just does nothing for me. That's cool, she's chill about it.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

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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Tue Aug 09 2022
3

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

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Tue Aug 09 2022
3

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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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

of course we're familiar with this album. I think it was overplayed and that usually dampers my association with an album/songs. I don't think this is her best album but i do think it's better than her newest one. 19 & 21 still are the top. i was also listening to adele in high school or middle school? before she blew up so 19 & 21 hold a special place. this shouldn't have won over lemonade.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

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

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

She can sing, f'sure, but about half of these songs are too straight forwardy pop to properly hold my attention. Some of them had some quite nice wall of sound cinematic production, I guess. Fave track - "Hello", I guess?

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

She certainly does have some powerful pipes.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Starke Balladen und 1-2 Lieder die auch abseits ihres Radio-Pop-Daseins eine gute Figur machen

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Tue Aug 30 2022
3

I've heard probably half of these songs. Not really my type of music, but Adele has a great voice and I mostly like the songs fine. I did find the general tone a little sad and depressing though.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

For an international powerhouse, who's third album stirred up so much hype, this has a lot of skipable tracks. Great voice but rudimentary song writing.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Good enough for background music but I honestly don't see what the big deal was. Certainly not worthy of a cultural phenomenon spanning years and years

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

I remember seeing Adele perform Hello live at an awards ceremony the year it was released. I got goosebumps when she belted out the first note of the chorus and the crowd went wild. She has one of greatest and most recognizable voices of her generation. Young girls, and older ones too, must go crazy for her lyrics. On this LP I prefer the songs that aren’t the most popular. River Lea has a bit of a gospel feel, Million Years ago sounds like something I would have heard on 8-track in my uncle’s car in the 60s, I think I Miss You is my favourite with its moody feel. As a side note, it’s interesting that, Adele, like Beyonce & Amy Weinstein had all the songs written or co-written by the producers, who have very impressive resumes. I'm giving one less point than her 21 album.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

First few seconds of this album I thought she was going to do a Lionel Ritchie cover. Thank goodness that mission was aborted. Her voice is amazing but the songwriting would be nothing without her voice. Also, her musicians are kept on a tight leash in all but a few songs. It's too bad that her singing is trapped in a one dimensional world. I'm rounding up due to her voice.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

9/6/22

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Here's the thing: I listened to this album on Spotify. And then it did the whole "You listened to 25, so you'll like this..." and it played another Adele track: "Right As Rain" from her 19 album. I liked that one song better than the whole of the 25 album. Why? Because it was different than all of that album. 25 seemed to just be torch song after torch song. It just... got very morose. Halfway in, I was looking for a knife to slit my wrists (ok not really, but you get the idea). I will say I did not hear as much vocal processing. Adele's distinct vocals were very easy to pick out; it did not sound like anyone else (which always frustrates me, how autotune will usually kill any uniqueness of a person's voice.) So the album is pretty depressing just because the songs themselves feel the same (I think the 4th song was a little upbeat, and maybe one other). So as well done it was, and how great of a voice Adele has, it's not going to be something I go back to.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

-I like "Hello," "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)," "When We We're Young, and "Water Under the Bridge" since I heard them enough on the radio -I like the drums and the harmonies in "I Miss You" -The harmonies and swells into the main chorus in "River Lea" are great -My familiarity with it maybe held boostit, but it's right on the border of strong 3 and weak 4

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Lar tvilen komme til gode her

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Tue Sep 27 2022
3

mom music

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Great voice, but little variety in the album.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
3

Quite listenable not really my thing Fav song: when we were young Least fav song: hello

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Tue Oct 11 2022
3

Kelpo tulkintaa ja hieno ääni, mutta ei kosketa sielua (jos sellainen olisi).

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Tue Oct 25 2022
3

78/100: Ok this album serves its purpose. Each song is very specifically targeted to a certain emotion and situation, albeit most of the emotions are some variant of heartbreak. The strength of this album lies in that writing style. When you’ve gone through something similar to what’s sung about on a song in this album, it’s incredibly powerful; however, the biggest weakness of this album is the other edge of that sword. If you haven’t gone through something that’s sung about on this album (which is a much safer bet than the alternative), those songs kind of suck. Adele really trusts the empathetic and even sympathetic abilities of her listeners. Most people aren’t naturally empathetic or sympathetic. I like to think most people can be with some effort, but I don’t listen to music to try to connect to what the artist was going through. The songs from this album that I feel echo my own experiences are incredible. I could listen to them over and over again. The rest (i.e. most of them) are hard to listen to once.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
3

Some solid songs from a very talented vocalist, but by minute 30 I was ready for it to be over.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

This has to be the most popular and recent album on this list so far. I think in terms of the most known pop singers from 2010s, only Taylor Swift is more popular than Adele. Surprisingly, the album chosen in here is "25". If I had to guess, the record with more singles and hits is "21", at least it stands out much more. In case of the former, the only hit that I know of is "Hello", which actually is a pretty good song. It was a summer tune, but definitely it has quality and the lyrics are slightly more meaningful than of your usual hot tracks list. The album starts pretty strong with songs like "Send My Love" and "I Miss You", but soon after that the quality of the album drops, and we are greeted by fillers, or just a bunch of uninteresting songs. I'm not a big fan of anything there, let it be for music or lyrics. It's clear that Adele has a powerful voice, but it's not enough for me to be kept interested in the album. Not a record I would choose from the popular music in 2010s.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

It was a good album, I would probably listen to it again.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

Adele is incredibly talented but also has a habit of writing some tedious piano ballads that don't really go anywhere. This album is far less fun and impactful than the previous two and less raw and emotional than her latest one and is just a very middling point in her discography. There are some incredible songs here - Send My Love is really fun, and All I Ask is absolute gorgeous. Just a shame that a lot of the stuff in the middle is so lifeless

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

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

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Tue Mar 01 2022
2

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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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

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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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

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

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

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

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

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

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

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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Tue Mar 08 2022
2

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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Tue Mar 22 2022
2

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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Tue Apr 26 2022
2

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

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Wed May 18 2022
2

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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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

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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Wed Jun 15 2022
2

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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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

raw talent x megabucks production = love island montage soundtrack

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Thu Jun 23 2022
2

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

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Fri Jun 24 2022
2

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

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Mon Jul 11 2022
2

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

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Mon Jul 11 2022
2

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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Sat Jul 30 2022
2

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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Mon Aug 08 2022
2

I think adele is fine, ive never been her biggest fan tho. This album was alright

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Sun Aug 14 2022
2

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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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Ujevnt.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

What an incredibly boring album

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Tue Sep 27 2022
2

Not her best, but grew on me. Album listen

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Fri Sep 30 2022
2

Adele has an incredible voice but this isn't exactly my kind of music, it doesn't help that at my old job we played the same radio station everyday and I would hear at least 1 of these songs several times a day, every single day. I did actually enjoy the last 3 songs on the album though, with Million Years Ago being my favorite.

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