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You can always tell an old soul by the work they produce.

British soul songstress Adele, although in her early 20’s, has the depth and soul of an artist twice her age. It is this distinguishing factor that makes her sophomore album “21” stand out from the pack. Released today, Adele has offered up a real treat longtime fans and new listeners alike. One of the defining qualities of a great artist is consistency, and if nothing more, Adele has that down to a science. Also a skilled musician, Adele incorporates a great deal of live instrumentation into her album, leaving the listener to imagine that she is in the room, using her rich alto to serenade them in person.

Similar to her debut album “19”…the subject matter in most of the songs stems from relationship issues, some somber, some triumphant. Adele has the ability to capture the feelings associated with the pains of relationships extremely well, which makes this album incredibly relatable.

On the lead single, “Rolling In The Deep” , an almost folk-ish guitar and heavy bass drum set the tone for a story about the one who got away. The lyrics read like a page straight from any broken hearted girl’s diary:

The scars of your love remind me of us, 
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all, 
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless, 
I can’t help feeling, 

We could have had it all

“Set Fire To The Rain” finds Adele falling in love with a guy who just can not be true to her. The title is a metaphor for the passion behind the tears she cried, knowing that she was going to have to let the relationship burn.

Gospel tinged pianos flank the intro to the syrupy sweet “One and Only”…a declaration of the fear that comes with falling in love. Of all of the tracks on the album, this may be Adele’s shining moment. But my absolute favorite track is a bonus available only on the Deluxe version. “I Found A Boy” is a sassy declaration of independence from a former love, that many ladies will find themselves relating to.

Other stand-out tracks include:

Lovesong

Turning Tables

Rumour Has It

Final verdict: If you are a fan of good music, this is one you should add to your collection. It is perfect for a Sunday afternoon drive, or the perfect soulful soundtrack for your workday. The album is in stores today, and has already set sales records in her native UK. Don’t be late on this one.

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