I am a sucker for British broads with big voices and a retro vibe. Of this genre, Adele is by far and away my favorite. You’d think that an album titled 21—as in, her age when she recorded it last year—would be hopelessly naive but instead it is totally gorgeous and dripping with mature emotion. The record kicks off with “Rolling in the Deep,” a power soul track about the end of a relationship that can basically be summed up with the words “your loss.” Oh, and her cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong” is just divine. Overall, listening to this album is more healing than burning all the pictures of your ex. Though you can still do that, too.
Adele Turns 21, Gives You A Gift