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30

    30 is the first new music from Adele since the release of her third studio album 25 in November 2015. The album is produced with former collaborators Greg Kurstin, Max Martin and Shellback and Tobias Jesso Jr., as well as new collaborators Inflo and Ludwig Goransson.

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    Barry says: Adele is back! This time following her naming convention from 21 and 25, bringing in a more mature and thematically rich selection of heartfelt balladry on the wonderful '30'. It's not particularly my cup of tea, granted but there's no denying she's a hugely talented and important artist and this is definitely the best work of her career.

    “My last record was a break up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make up record. I’m making up with myself. making up for lost time. making up for everything I ever did and never did.”

    So says Adele about her new long player '25'. "Highly anticipated" doesn't quite cut it, with the video for lead single 'Hello' clocking in at 404,293,556 views the last time I looked (and undoubtedly more by the time you read this). '25' might be the event record of 2015, but really it's a continuation of the sound that brought '21' 9 x platinum global sales. The intimate piano ballads, epic swelling choruses, R&B pop hints and BIG production are all present and correct on '25', along with the emotional catch in Adele's voice - the thing that lifts her head and shoulders above all the melisma-ing X-Factor wannabes. The album features co-production from Greg Kurstin, Tobias Jesso Jr ('When We Were Young'), Danger Mouse ('River Lea') and Swedish pop svengalis Max Martin & Shellback ('Send My Love (To Your New Lover)') 

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Hello
    2. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
    3. I Miss You
    4. When We Were Young
    5. Remedy
    6. Water Under The Bridge
    7. River Lea
    8. Love In The Dark
    9. Million Years Ago
    10. All I Ask
    11. Sweetest Devotion

    About its release Adele says 'I'm very excited, nervous, eager, anxious but chuffed to announce my new album! It's taken a while and it knocked me for six when writing it. It's different from "19", it's about the same things but in a different light. I deal with things differently now. I'm more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles. Something that comes with age I think. So fittingly this record is called "21". The whole reason I called my first album "19" was about cataloging what happened to me then and who I was then, like a photo album you see the progression and changes in a person throughout the years.'

    Most of the album was made in Malibu with the legendary Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and back in Kensal Rise in London with Paul Epworth (Plan B, Bloc Party, Florence). Adele cites Wanda Jackson, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Mary J Blige, Mos Def, Elbow, Tom Waits and Kanye West amongst others as key influences on "21".

    Critically acclaimed by many of her musical contemporaries, Adele well and truly made her mark with "19". Chapter two begins here.


    Adele

    19

      Already the winner of a Brit Award (Adele was voted the 'Critics Choice' - the most exciting new British artist expected to 'make it big' in 2008) (and didn't she just!), "19" is Adele's debut album. She combines the full range of her influences: Etta James, Jill Scott, Bjork, Dusty Springfield, Billy Bragg, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, The Cure and Peggy Lee with her stunning voice on this great debut. Includes her classic debut single "Chasing Pavements"

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Daydreamer
      2. Best For Last
      3. Chasing Pavements
      4. Cold Shoulder
      5. Crazy For You
      6. Melt My Heart To Stone
      7. First Love
      8. Right As Rain
      9. Make You Feel My Love
      10. My Same
      11. Tired
      12. Hometown Glory


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