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Adele - 30 (Album Review)

Monday, 29 November 2021 Written by Milly McMahon

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Stylish and brave, Adele's melancholic ‘30’, reveals an artist at her most vulnerable. Creating a therapeutic body of work, Adele has invested the regret, pain and anguish she experienced during the breakdown of her marriage into the album’s creation. 

Adele’s previous explorations of self and love on record suggested hope and magic; today a more wounded soul resonates. But the weight of feeling here is so addictive. Her voice illuminates a brooding atmosphere that entices the listener deeper into her cocoon of complex emotions. 

Communicating a newfound realism, a grounded sense of humility resonates on tracks I Drink Wine and Go Easy on Me. Tinged with sadness from beginning to end, the toil of her hopeless romanticism rings true.

Featuring intimate conversations with her son, Angelo, Adele lays herself bare, imagining the pain he will endure in light of his family unit disappearing. 

Perhaps the most revelatory feature of ‘30’ is how understated the production feels. Gone are her anthemic, stadium-filling hits, replaced by a more simple, authentic trajectory of diary-like thoughts and fears. Love is a Game is the standout track, unveiling an honest, frank insight into real life and strife. 

Sit with the album a while, though, and its ties to her earlier work become clearer. Oh My God is an undeniable, finger-clicking stroke of mastery, bringing higher energy to the album’s midpoint. Through the grief and loss, Adele signals that hope rises again.

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Fri July 01 2022 - LONDON Hyde Park
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