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  • Summary: The first full-length release from Adele in six years features production from Ludwig Göransson, Inflo, Tobias Jesso Jr., Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, and Shellback.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Nov 17, 2021
    100
    For Adele, 30 is an emotional breakthrough — a refreshingly candid body of work that is revelatory. While the album is about “divorce, babe,” the record’s 12 songs go deeper.
  2. Nov 16, 2021
    100
    This is certainly her strongest album yet, a work of catharsis, therapy and succour. It does what pop music is greatest at: gathering up emotions, focusing them and pouring them out to songs that everybody can sing, but few can sing quite as well as Adele.
  3. Nov 23, 2021
    91
    The richest and most musically adventurous album of her career.
  4. Nov 16, 2021
    90
    The real masterstroke of ‘30’, however, comes with how these lyrics - the pain, the self-flagellation (sometimes cruel, often mocking), the hope, the acceptance - are expertly matched musically.
  5. Nov 22, 2021
    80
    On 30, she displays the confidence to share her boldest vocal, stylistic, and thematic interests.
  6. Nov 17, 2021
    80
    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.
  7. 60
    Though this is her most creative record to date, the lyrics stick to safer territory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 562
  1. Nov 19, 2021
    10
    It is an unexpected blend of upbeat and heartache. The tones almost mirror the role of parent through divorce, with some of the upbeat songsIt is an unexpected blend of upbeat and heartache. The tones almost mirror the role of parent through divorce, with some of the upbeat songs almost representing the façade parents put on around their children while the lyrics are as dark as the more traditional Adele songs. Magnificent. Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2021
    10
    a masterpiece, certainly her best and most diverse album, she managed to transition through all the songs masterfully. gorgeous.
  3. Nov 19, 2021
    10
    30 is one of the most flawless and personal albums I've ever had the pleasure to listen to, this is definitely Adele's greatest work to date.30 is one of the most flawless and personal albums I've ever had the pleasure to listen to, this is definitely Adele's greatest work to date. The lyrics are exceptional they are just so deeply personal, beautifully raw, and heartwrenching; obviously she has always been very personal with her music but it really feels like she poured every bit of her heart and soul into this album giving us a candid look into just what she's been through the last couple years and how much she's struggled and still struggles. Her vocal performances on this album are remarkable and beautiful, just flawless she's never sounded better and stronger also love how she vocally experimented more. The production is outstanding, love the cinematic quality; I really love how she experimented with different sounds and genres on this album and doing more upbeat music while still having her classic slower and ballad type songs she in my opinion really pulled it off. The artwork as always is simple but effective and very beautifully photographed. Also I thought the voice notes on some of the songs were a nice touch that made the album feel just that bit more personal. This is by far the best album I've heard all year, just absolutely perfect an A+ album, and definitely one of the all-time greatest albums I've ever heard. Expand
  4. Nov 19, 2021
    10
    Her most vulnerable and beautiful album yet, the versatility of this album is beyond words, different rythms, emotions, and lyrics that breakHer most vulnerable and beautiful album yet, the versatility of this album is beyond words, different rythms, emotions, and lyrics that break your heart, but make you wish and believe for a better tomorrow, it's really a masterpiece. Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2021
    10
    It is a diverse album. Truly an experimental work of Adele. She made a new sound in this album and retained the elements that she is strongIt is a diverse album. Truly an experimental work of Adele. She made a new sound in this album and retained the elements that she is strong with. 30 is definitely Adele's best work since 21. Expand
  6. Nov 19, 2021
    10
    I love this álbum, it's the best of time. Without a doubt Adele has shown that nothing is impossible for her, she is wonderful, her lyricsI love this álbum, it's the best of time. Without a doubt Adele has shown that nothing is impossible for her, she is wonderful, her lyrics touch the soul. Expand
  7. Nov 27, 2021
    0
    bland, boring, predictable, uninspired. unoriginal. this is her worst album so far

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