Something Old, Something New Album Review – Episode 11
Hey NGCS, we’re back with the first Something Old, Something New Album Review of 2022. In my now seemingly old age I really try not to limit myself musically. When I was a kid a lot of great music passed me by because I was too much of a music snob (ie. ASSHOLE) to give it a chance. The reasons could be silly, something could be TOO popular, or threaten the popularity of something I liked. It could be too radically different from something I enjoyed, or not different enough. It could be too trendy, or way too underground. Looking back, the reasons were never all that smart or well thought out. If you enjoy something, you don’t need to explain it. You don’t need a reason, THE ENJOYMENT IS THE REASON.
The album “21” came from a place of inspiration common to many songwriters; heartbreak. When album writing sessions commenced, Adele was in a relationship and happy, and apparently had writers block, and the sessions ended. Shortly after however, that relationship ended and now having new inspiration, “21” was born. The album itself almost has an understated “low fi” instrumental sound to it. No, I don’t mean it sounds like the White Stripes, but the production isn’t “lush”. Adele has such a versatile voice that she is able to apply it to various styles of music and production and since the material was quite somber in nature, the production reflected that. It had a “dark and cloudy” feel, and her voice was able to match that. With elements of R&B, Pop and Soul, it was unlike anything on the radio or in popular culture at the time and struck a chord with the record buying public. The album itself spawned multiple hit singles including the aforementioned “Rolling In The Deep”, as well as “Someone Like You”, “Set Fire To The Rain” and “Rumour Has It”. The album itself was so massive that it wasn’t only the worlds top selling album for it’s year of release in 2011, but it was also the top selling album in the world in 2012 as well. With 31 million copies sold, it’s the top selling album of the 21st Century and the 19th best selling album of all time. The album(along with it’s follow up 25) is credited for basically keeping the record industry afloat with it’s massive sale of physical copies in a time when music has increasingly become streamed or sold digitally.
This was a really long one as I was hopped up on refined sugars and caffeine, so if you got through it, thank you! Much appreciated. If you want to see/read more of my musical snobbery and see some of my record collection, check me out on Instagram @SteveDestruct