In the initial stage of the album's production Rubin had signed on as its sole producer, and was scheduled to produce all of its songs.
However, studio sessions were generally unproductive and, after two weeks, yielded only one song recorded to the singer's satisfaction—the Jim Abbiss-produced "Take It All," a lovelorn piano ballad not unlike the songs on 19.
Adele had written "Take It All" during a difficult moment in her relationship.
However, studio sessions ended prematurely due to a lack of inspiration.
She resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her relationship, channelling her heartbreak and depression into her songs.
With over 31 million copies sold worldwide, 21 is one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Critics hailed the album as a shift from the overtly sexual and musically bombastic status quo, and attributed its success to its deeply autobiographical yet universal songs.21 shares the folk and Motown soul influences of her 2008 debut album 19, but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–09 North American tour An Evening with Adele.Composed in the aftermath of the singer's separation from her partner, the album typifies the near dormant tradition of the confessional singer-songwriter in its exploration of heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness.When she played the song for her boyfriend, the two got into a bitter argument that culminated in the end of their 18-month relationship.Heartbroken but musically stimulated, Adele channelled her rush of emotions into her music, crafting songs that examined her failed relationship from the perspectives of vengeful ex-lover, heartbroken victim, and nostalgic old flame.After the two had created the demo, Adele revisited her co-writer to record the song with him, instead of the intended producer Rick Rubin.