Common Sense Media says

Clean songs about love; most likely to appeal to older kids.





What parents need to know

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

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

Not applicable

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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."

Families can talk 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

Release date:February 22, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old June 1, 2011

buy it

in adele 21 is cleaner than lady gaga Rhianna and kesha.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byvolleyballnchocolate March 3, 2011
She has a beautiful voice :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 9 year old Written bydanielggggg February 24, 2011

beautiful art

its an amazing album. there is very moderate cursing on some of the tracks such as rolling in the deep but i dont think that children would pick up on this unless they had previously heard it at home from parents adele is an amazing artist and i dont think that the very moderate cursing should stop parents from letting their children listen to the voice of a beautiful angel top tracks: someone like you; turning tables; set fire to the rain
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