‘Best album ever’
It is very forward and honest. You really know the story she’s telling, and even if you haven’t experienced divorce yourself, you feel every word of it. Her voice is sounding better than ever, using her range so much – just listen Love is a game. Gone are the sublime metaphors that indicate heartbreak, replaced by extremely raw and naked songs that welcome you into your experiences. I think it’s a lot more poetic than it used to be. Best album ever.
I’ve listened to the album in full four times so far, and I really like the sequence of the songs, especially the more upbeat, less distinctive Adele-sounding track at the end of the first half. Recognizing that Adele put Strangers by Nature first, and Love Is a Game last gives both more weight and context than I think the latter seems like resolution. However, I think it’s perfectly fine for people to listen to their favorites from the album in whatever order you choose – you wouldn’t have singles if it weren’t for that! joe, 24, student, oxford
‘Boring – I started listening at 21’
boring. With so many songs it’s so slow, the music mostly sounds like it. I was disappointed so started listening to his 21 album. Aysin, 48, engineer, Istanbul
‘It’s really brave’
I think it’s amazing and is Adele’s most raw and personal album. It made me cry when I heard Adele’s voice note explaining my loneliness on My Little Love. I think sometimes it’s easy to dehumanize famous people somewhat and I think this album really convinces us that Adele has real feelings, real feelings, and real problems just like the rest of us. It’s totally candid, honest, raw and so powerful. Adele has always been a very private person (especially about her son, Angelo) and sharing these voice notes in the album, which are really hard to hear, is really brave.
What I love most about this album, though, is that it really communicates the journey that Adele went through during their divorce. I’ve been a huge fan of Adele’s debut album, 19, and although I love the youthful innocence of her earlier music, I truly believe that Adele has ‘founded herself’ with this album. Her voice sounds the best ever and To Be Loved is a real showpiece for me. Please forgive the cliché but Adele is like a fine wine – it gets better with age. I listened to the album in sequence and I think it’s great that Adele requested it for Spotify. As she explained herself, artists spend a lot of time deciding on track lists for their albums and they often tell an important story, so diving into an album really doesn’t make you want to fully appreciate it in my opinion. does not allow. Leyla Pinarbasi, 28, property manager, Altrincham, Cheshire
‘This album will be recorded in history’
I think it’s art – it’s different but gorgeous. It’s something special and it looks like it’s about to start another great Gatsby era of music. It is different and his writing is out of this world. This is going to be an album for people around the world going through some sort of difficulty especially with relationships. This is going to go down in history. Jacob George, 18, student, Goodyear, Arizona, US
‘A step up from their previous albums’
The deeply personal, intimate and emotional are trademarks of Adele’s music, but this time she goes further. We all know the people and events involved and we have those voice notes of his conversation with Angelo. Listening to them sounds almost intrusive, and I’m unsure of the ethics of recording and broadcasting these intimate moments with a nine-year-old.
However, I loved 30. The music and selection of collaborators work great to showcase her vocal talents, which have never been better. His ability to take us on an emotional journey is unparalleled and nothing short of unique. I’m glad he waited six years for such a skillful job, rather than make something that just keeps the pot boiling. It’ll be a long time before I’ve had enough 30, and I think it’s a step up from her previous albums. It tells a coherent story with a more developed sound (or set of sounds) than his earlier work. Simon Anderson, 61, retired, Chester
‘The overall feeling is too gloomy’
I’ve heard 30 twice now and I’m afraid it doesn’t do it for me. The “chat” that comes through in some of the songs is a small tweak, and the overall look is pretty frustrating, even by Adele’s normal standards. I applaud him for pushing himself to create something different, but as is often the case with the artist following the massive success with his last album, the “try too hard” vibe kicks in.
With so many artists achieving incredible success, I think the pressure to stay fresh while engaging their fan base proves to be great, and the end result is inconsistent. In this example, I think the classic Adele sound works without the gimmicks. Of course I totally admit that it’s easy for me to say no because I haven’t found myself challenged to follow up on a multimillion-selling album! Emil McMahon, 61, social media consultant, Edinburgh
‘Could have been done with a little pruning’
It doesn’t start out great, My Little Love is terrible and is the worst Adele song ever. The album ran on a four-song, Cry Your Heart Out, but was heading towards the end. I guess instead that maybe a little pruning would have helped, maybe making it in about 45 minutes or so. From the high level of 21 the album began to falter. Robert Carty, 53, Accountant, Dublin
‘I haven’t liked a single song till this album’
i’m a big fan of adele since i love her chasing Pavements Day. I haven’t liked a single song till this album. I can understand that the songs tell stories, however, it’s still an accompanying song and I don’t want to have to stop singing a belt every 30 seconds to hear someone’s son’s voice. Listening to his songs, I can’t feel anything different from him; This is a woman who sings about life events that most of us have to go through and relate to. I can’t even imagine myself playing any of these songs after a few glasses or when I imagine a pity party after my boyfriend got angry with me.
Unfortunately I think this is probably the weakest of all his albums. The idea of listening to their songs as if it were a novel is a truly unique idea, although in this day and age, where you are downloading songs digitally and not forced to listen to them in any particular order on CD Or if you don’t particularly like tracks one to four, ordering songs to listen is irrelevant and just a gimmick. Hannah, 27, Farmer, Kento
‘There’s no “pretty place” in this album
It was difficult to hear it in full in the first play. Adele’s voice is in fine form, though it doesn’t sound like an all or nothing – there’s no “pretty” place on this album where you can bask in the melody and poetry. I admire him for putting everything out there but I believe it comes at a price and I don’t really like voice notes.
I think 30 is a natural progression but after listening I immediately thought, I can’t wait to hear the next album. Like: “Okay, now that he’s got this out of his system, let’s hear the voice sing to us in joy and fun.” Aside from a few tracks on 30, I think 25 are still going to go on my album. Alex, 57, government employee, Melbourne, Australia
‘It’s Like She Wrote 12 Magnolia Tracks’
I’ve been a fan of Adele for a long time, ever since she became part of a world where everyone fights to be the same, she beautifully portrayed her true self. Recently it has become a brand and I do not believe in it anymore. Whenever I listen to a new music album I start from the beginning and listen in order because there is often a story, and this makes sense if you are a keen listener of the song. I didn’t like the first words of Strangers by Nature – “I’ll take flowers to the graveyard of my heart” just sounds like all madness and sadness.
I liked it easy on me Because it started gloomy and turned into hope and that was powerful, but the rest would not flow to me. I found this voice quite dull and because of poor pronunciation I was struggling to understand what she was saying at times. I can’t put my finger on what I expected, but my heart sank with despair when I heard it. I was just sucked into a depressing black hole. It’s like she just wrote 12 Magnolia tracks. Harvey Pinke Novillo, 38, Sale, Worcestershire