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Adele

XL Record­ings

With the ex­cep­tion of the theme to the James Bond flick Sky­fall, the planet has been suf­fer­ing a dearth of Adele for the past five years.For nearly half a decade, the lovelorn, the newly dumped and those who can’t let go have had to con­sole them­selves by re­peat­edly lis­ten­ing to 19 and 21. The re­lease of 25 of­fers up a so­lu­tion, an en­tire al­bum’s worth of sob-wor­thy bal­lads, and therein lies the prob­lem.

When 21 burst on the scene, the whole world fell in love with the big-voiced Brit, who took us along with her on a trip through an af­fair with a faith­less bas­tard and its in­evitably painful af­ter­math. “Some­one Like You” be­came the an­them of the bro­ken-hearted, while more up­tempo, hard-driv­ing tunes like “Ru­mour Has It” and “Rolling In The Deep” of­fered a dose of right­eous anger and a glim­mer of hope. That hope is nowhere ev­i­dent on 25, a col­lec­tion of painful paeans to im­pos­si­ble love.And the two songs that of­fer a re­prieve from the end­less bal­lads are sim­ply weird.There’s a ca­lypso-reg­gae thing hap­pen­ing on “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” and an odd Kate Bush-like vo­cal that im­pedes 25’ s closer, “Sweet­est Devotion.”

On the day of its re­lease, 25 was down­loaded by 900,000 iTunes users.Sales are pre­dicted to ex­ceed the 21 mil­lion copies that 21 sold.This will likely be the case be­cause, like ar­tis­ti­cally safe al­bums, breakups hap­pen.So grab a box of Kleenex and be pre­pared not to be sur­prised.

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