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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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3.31

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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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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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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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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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Wed Dec 21 2022
5

Adele’s best album. Every song is a catchy bop.

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Fri Dec 23 2022
5

Excellent

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Mon Jan 02 2023
5

Beautifull the ups and downs high and lows the overall tension but relaxed feel is amazing

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

When We Were Young

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Tue Mar 21 2023
5

This one's full of some really great break-up and a few wedding songs. Makes me wish I had bridesmaids and a guy who really dicked me over. This came up on my list back in late October '22 when I was on my honeymoon in London. So I was listening to it then, which for some reason made it feel different. Being in the artist's country of origin when it's not your own.

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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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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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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

8/10

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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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