30

Adele

30

Fourth album from the London-born pop / soul singer-songwriter working with a number of producers including Ludwig Göransson and Inflo of Sault

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
19/11/2021
US Release date
19/11/2021
  1. 10.0 |   Rolling Stone

    She’s never sounded more ferocious than she does on 30—more alive to her own feelings, more virtuosic at shaping them into songs in the key of her own damn life
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  2. 9.1 |   Entertainment Weekly

    She could have built on her blockbuster success in a cynical way, copy-and-pasting "Rolling in the Deep" and "Hello." Instead, she lets her emotions guide her, with triumphant results
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  3. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Although the potency of 30 diminishes with “Oh My God” and “Can I Get It,” the final three songs are so raw, moving, and perfectly executed that the two lesser tracks become mere blips in the grandeur of the rest of the album
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  4. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Her bold exploration of new terrain on "Cry Your Heart Out" and "Oh My God" help Adele not only become the world's top hitmaker, but also a pop music visionary
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  5. 9.0 |   DIY

    ‘Did Adele just do that?’ you might ask on first listen. Yeah, she did. But she didn’t have to
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  6. 9.0 |   All Music

    Meeting titanic expectations, this linear journey of the heart is Adele's most cohesive statement to date, pairing her inimitable voice with a dozen engrossing vignettes, reminding us that all we can do is keep trying
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  7. 9.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    30 is truly one of the best albums of the year and one that you’ll probably be hearing at awards ceremonies down the road here. After six long years, Adele has officially returned to show the world who’s boss
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  8. 8.2 |   Pitchfork

    Once again, Adele transforms her heartbreak into a searching, graceful, and incredibly moving album. But the complexity of her emotions and the nuanced production make this her most ambitious work to date
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  9. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Adele’s 30 digs deeper into the soul, jazz, and pop styles that have defined the singer’s music
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  10. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    She draws you in and holds you tight. This blade and authenticity is her superpower
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  11. 8.0 |   Albumism

    Adele delivers yet again on the sound and style she’s best known for and offers moments of extra enticement for where she could go next
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  12. 8.0 |   The FT

    Rich in musical detail, the singer’s emotional fourth album sees her delivering another blockbuster turn
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Taking raw emotion to the next level, Adele relives the year her marriage fell apart on this self-flagellating powerhouse of an album
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  14. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    If you’ve recently experienced heartbreak, your prescription is thus: take once a week with plenty of water; do not exceed the stated dose. For the rest of us, it’s a tonic
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  15. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Across a more diverse fourth record, the returning singer braids in glimmering moments of self-affirmation amid the typical tirades against herself
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  16. 8.0 |   Clash

    An album with novelistic depth, when ‘30’ turns once more for its London-rooted conclusion, Adele seems to reach a new level in her stratospheric career
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  17. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It is a well-considered progression for her, and while there are some missteps along the way, it is so good to see her moving forward
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  18. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Some fans will question why this famously private artist has shared some of these nakedly despairing songs at all
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  19. 7.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    30 might not be a true divorce album, lacking the fire and blame game attitudes that we could assume from a modern pop record—it is however a frank, candid unloading from a person experiencing some real feelings
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  20. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Though it doesn't move firmly into a new area of reinvention, 30 does begin a journey towards one, and in the end, it delivers in its simple promise of being a big, belting Adele Album
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  21. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Adele’s 30 is an impeccable album with a strong set of songs. But its impact will feel somewhat diminished because we’re getting a very familiar Adele
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  22. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    On her fourth album, Adele has pushed the boundaries, at least a little further than she has before. Not that it’s a radical change, but a noticeable one nonetheless
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  23. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Warm and mature, fun and relatable, and just as masterfully produced and performed as ever before, it’s just very Adele
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  24. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    While the topic of her divorce is all-consuming, the singer seems to be pushing gently at the boundaries of what people expect of her
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  25. 6.0 |   NME

    Previously accused of playing it safe, Adele enters a new decade by experimenting with bolder sounds. It gives intriguing but mixed results
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  26. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    Ultimately, while some intriguing risks have been taken, 30 is probably the weakest, as well as conversely the most intimate and in many ways bravest, Adele album to date
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