Adele - 21Aesthetically, 21 and Confessions don’t share many similarities, if any, either vocally or musically. But Adele’s meteoric rise stemmed from the hit song “Rolling In The Deep,” and it was made the same afternoon that she broke up with her boyfriend. Adele’s entire album was made in the aftermath of that breakup, and she sought to capture her raw emotions in the studio with producer Paul Epworth.
21 deals heavily in depression and heartbreak, just as Confessions deals with guilt and moving on. Both albums parallel each other in the wake of emotional turmoil, so it makes sense that Adele would look to the massive popularity of Usher’s album, made under similar circumstances, when making her own.