Without a doubt, ‘21’ by Adele has probably become the most loved, and certainly the highest selling, album of the 21st century. The album was an instant success all around the world and won Adele numerous awards, including BRITs and Grammy’s.
Many were surprised at the level of success that ‘21’ achieved, and its ability to keep the top spot on the charts. ’21’ became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. After a successful debut album, coming back with a follow up album is a difficult task for any artist, including Adele. But Adele was one of the few, whose sophmore album overtook the success of her first album.
There are endless reasons as to why ‘21’ was so successful, and on such an international scale. However, the main reason was the album was pieced together so well with songs, that pretty much everybody could relate to. The album addressed Adele’s heartbreak, (a topic that strikes a cord with most people). Adele didn’t just take a down trodden approach to her song writing. She was able to show a different range of emotions throughout the album. Adele was sassy, fiery, with attitude on tracks such as ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and ‘Rumour Has It’’. With ‘I’ll Be Waiting’, she showed a more soulful side to her voice. ‘One and Only’ won the hearts of the masses, alongside heartfelt ballads ‘Don’t You Remember’, ‘Turning Tables’ and of course the number one single ‘Someone Like You’, which has become a staple song within TV talent shows around the world.
The question that every music critic and fan are asking now is, can Adele emulate the success of ‘21’ at all? Obviously it is going to be an extremely difficult task for her, as she has broken all number of records with her last album. However, it is not completely impossible as there seems to be a lot of anticipation for what Adele is going to do next with her music. Along with the fact that she is now a mother. This would give her another perspective to her music – artistic (but mature) growith. This is definitely something that fans would probably want to hear about, considering that her pregnancy was featured quite heavily in the press. It’s going to be a tough job but no one’s more capable than Adele to do so.
Written by Harry Towse