The first single released from Adele’s anticipated 21 starts just the way it should, with the young British singer-songwriter showcasing her best asset: that soulful voice over light, rhythmic guitar strumming. Before the power of her pipes is allowed to sink in, a steady bass drum interrupts, keeping the song from settling into a folksy ballad and setting up a steady foundation for the Motown vibe that pervades the rest of “Rolling in the Deep.”


“Rolling in the Deep”

When combined with a rhythmic piano and ’60s girl-group backup vocals of “You’re gonna wish you, never had met me / Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep,” that bass drum is a solid accompaniment for Adele’s strong, inspired vocals. “Rolling in the Deep” breaks down the heavy instrumentals for brief moments of Adele singing “Turned my sorrow into treasured gold / You pay me back in kind and reap just what you sow,” showing more of her savory vocals.

“Rolling in the Deep” successfully and seamlessly crosses genres by moving from folk to blues to soul and back again — a testament to Adele’s talent. If this is any indication of what we’ll get from 21, we’ll be in for a treat on Jan. 24.

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