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Can Adele even sing a B-level song? Ev­ery track on her highly an­tic­i­pated “25” sounds grand, from the pi­ano tune “Rem­edy” to “Wa­ter Un­der the Bridge,” which is lay­ered and full of echoes and sounds as if it was cre­ated just to be per­formed live. And even when the singer col­lab­o­rates with pro­duc­ers who at times sound for­mu­laic and ra­dio friendly, she brings them to new lev­els. Max Martin, who has cre­ated pop an­thems for Katy Perry, Brit­ney Spears and Tay­lor Swift, sounds un­rec­og­niz­able on “Send My Love (To Your New Lover),” which has Adele on gui­tar.

Bruno Mars and his pro­ducer co­horts, Philip Lawrence and Christopher Brody Brown, work more than magic on the R&Bfla­vored “All I Ask,” an­other pi­ano tune that im­me­di­ately grabs your at­ten­tion. And that’s just it: “25” not only meets in­cred­i­bly high expectations, it ex­ceeds them. Adele’s growth is best heard on “Mil­lion Years Ago,” a touch­ing, soft song that is ma­jes­tic and un­for­get­table. “Some­times I just feel it’s only me, who never be­came who they thought they’d be, I wish I could live a lit­tle more, look up to the sky, not just the floor,” she sings in her top-notch tone.

The 11-track al­bum is not a far stretch from “21,” the singer’s best-sell­ing 2011 al­bum that helped her reach nearly im­pos­si­ble heights in con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. “Love In the Dark,” writ­ten with Sia col­lab­o­ra­tor Sa­muel Dixon, is rem­i­nis­cent of “Turn­ing Ta­bles” from “21”; she’s look­ing back on “When We Were Young,” which sounds like a pop clas­sic; and the drum-filled “I Miss You” is eerie and moody - in a good way. Even the top-sell­ing sin­gle, “Hello,” con­tin­ues to sound bet­ter and bet­ter af­ter each lis­ten. “Hello, can you hear me?” she sings. Yes, Adele. And we’re so glad we do. — AP

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