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Her follow-up to 2011's 21 confirms the dexterity and emotional depth that took her to the top hasn't dimmed.
In fact, Adele's singing has improved.
Certainly, it's a testament to her vocal artistry that she is able to overcome co-written songs that offer overdone R&B-infused pulse, à la Send My Love (To Your New Lover), and, on more than one occasion, overblown balladry (Remedy) that's destined for many a wedding playlist.
There are moments of bliss, the spare finger-picked acoustic guitar of Million Years Ago with its phrasing that slithers and soars.
• Adele. 25. XL Recordings.
• Three and a half stars (out of five)
Single download: Hello
For those who like: Barbra Streisand
- Shane Gilchrist