ALBUM NEWS: Adele releases album cover for sophomore album ’21’

The vocalist with the most haunting voice ever, Adele, has released the album cover for her sophomore record 21.

The 22 year-old Chasing Pavements singer will return in January 2011 with the album’s first single Rolling In The Deep and according to Adele herself, its “a dark bluesy Gospel disco tune”. Hmmm…sounds interesting. The album will document Adele’s life as a 21 year-old and should be more mature than her debut record titled 19. I see a trend starting.

Here’s what Adele has to say, according to her official website.

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. Everyday something happens that affects me, whether it be relationships, events, something I hear, something I see or something I feel. All of which is helping define me and turning me in to who I’m becoming. 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. I tried to think of other album titles but couldn’t come up with anything that represented the album properly, I kept swerving 21 thinking it was obvious. But why not be obvious?

I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with. Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever – Mary J Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor. There’s something in every single one of these artists that has really really inspired 21.

So it is what it is! I cant wait for you to start hearing pieces of it!

Lots of love
Adele x

I’m really looking forward to this record. Sure, I wasn’t too fond of her first two singles – the overplayed Chasing Pavements and the lacklustre Mark Ronson produced Cold Shoulder but songs such as Hometown Glory and Make You Feel My Love were goosebump inducing thanks to Adele’s spine chilling voice. Plus, with the crowded and disposable dance-pop market being all the rage now, it will be interesting to see what Adele’s “dark disco Gospel blues” record will sound like. If it’s anything like Katie Melua’s The Flood then I will be happy!

Producers on the album include Paul Epworth who worked with Florence + The Machine and Rick Rubin who worked with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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