Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean songs about love; most likely to appeal to older kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 25 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The messages vary here, ranging from healthy behavior in a romantic relationship to being unable to leave someone who's treating you badly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The songs don't advocate good or bad behavior; rather, they talk about the ups and downs of being a young person.


Though the album is all about love and relationships, there's no edgy/explicit sex content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 21 is predominantly about one thing: romantic love. Every song discusses some facet of a relationship, from the strong beginning stages to devastating break-ups. Though there's certainly a lot of sadness and woe to be found in these songs, there's no explicit language or references to adult content like sex and substance use, making them OK for older tweens and teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7, 12, and 15-year-old Written byThricePai January 11, 2012

Inspiring and wonderful but not really targetted at very young kids

Mostly love songs, different angles on relationships. For the most part beautiful language for the rest very mild one. Music and voice superb. Not lyrics for tw... Continue reading
Adult Written byWander Blue March 10, 2011

Diva Gordinha do Soul!

Músicas fortes, o album é muito interessante, recomendo as músicas ''Rolling In The Deep'' e ''Turning Tables'' iram gos... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 1, 2014

Hidden suggestive lyrics

"Throw your soul through every open door (sex with everybody), count your blessings to find what you look for (eggs to fertilise), turn my sorrows into tre... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 4, 2014

Adele - 21

Great album, most kids wouldn't understand some of the songs so no worry, Rolling In the Deep has one mild swear

What's the story?

21 is the sophomore CD from Britain's rising vocal superstar Adele. The record includes 11 songs that all revolve in some way around love and romance, with many lyrics exploring the sadder side of relationships. While Adele doesn't use profanity or mature references, some of these tracks are heavy with the sorrow of a failed relationship, making them too intense for younger kids.

Is it any good?

This record starts out with fireworks, featuring two fast yet deeply soulful songs (the radio hit "Rolling in the Deep" and "Rumour Has It") that hit you at your core. However, things cool off rather quickly, with the remainder of the songs doing a good job of showing off Adele's fantastic vocals yet failing to ignite the same spark. One bright spot in later in the record: the excellent cover of The Cure's classic tune "Lovesong."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether having a laser focus on romantic relationships, as Adele does in this album, is a healthy approach to life. Why are there so many songs about love and relationships?

  • What messages do the songs on this album send about love and relationships?

  • How would you characterize Adele's musical style? How does her sound compare to other young female artists?

Music details

  • Artist: Adele
  • Release date: February 22, 2011
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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