Adele’s Beautifully Vulnerable Album |

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Adele – 30

It’s hard to imagine that Adele could become more vulnerable in her music: grief was already splashed on her three previous records.

But with the decidedly more grown-up ’30s subject of “Divorce, Girls, Divorce,” Adele managed to dig even deeper into her beautifully wounded soul.

With almost half of the album in pieces over six minutes long, she has time to explore the various musical facets that make her Adele: jazz in All Night Parking, neo-soul in Woman Like Me. , country-pop powered by Max Martin in Can I Get It, and R&B in Love Is a Game.

She said this record was inspired in part by Judy Garland, and it comes out of the ’40s cinematic glamor of Strangers By Nature to the low-key theatricality that we’ve come to know and love Adele for all along.

The birth of an icon had already begun; this is just another stop on the (yellow brick) road.

Sound choice of the week:

John Prine – John Prine

This album – highly regarded by Sound Records – turned 50 last month, the perfect excuse for us to get some nice reissues of John Prine’s eponymous debut album.

It continues to sound as fresh as it was in 1971, with Rolling Stone ranking it among their 500 best albums of all time.

It includes some of Prine’s best works such as “Sam Stone” and “Angel From Montgomery”.

After being initially spotted by Kris Kristofferson, John Prine’s debut album won him many admirers, including Bob Dylan.

Songs like “Paradise” resonated with a lot, quickly becoming a bluegrass standard.

Originally written by John for his father, the track has since been covered by a number of artists such as Johnny Cash and The Everly Brothers.

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