By now you have all heard “Hello” at least a thousand times. At least. Adele has been crowding the airwaves ever since she released that first single back in October. Fans and critics alike have been waiting for close to 5 years since 21 for the release of the highly anticipated 25. The British singer-songwriter came out of the gates breaking records with “Hello” and as expected people love that song. Truly LOVE that song.
It is already part of pop culture. SNL has used it in a skit to breakup family feuds during the holidays and it has been used in thousands of memes. But what is truly shocking is that, “Hello” is probably the weakest track on the album. Songs like, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”, which has a very upbeat, poppy sound, is so unlike the Adele we have known from her previous albums, 19 and 21, and has hints of Lorde and Taylor Swift. “I Miss You” has a very heavy percussion influence with a lot of folk vibes. And “Remedy” is that familiar ballad that we all know and love about Adele. There is some great variation throughout the album, but at times that variation can feel like a lack of cohesiveness between the tracks besides Adele‘s amazing powerhouse vocals.
Then again, maybe that is exactly what we needed from Adele. We did not need another 21 that was all heartbreak and power piano ballads. And 25 is certainly more mature and emotional than 19. At the end of the day there will never really be mistaking Adele for any other artist. Her voice is 100% her own and there is no getting away from that. There is experimentation and a depth we have not seen from Adele on her previous releases and that is a good thing.
This album was everything we needed from Adele, but it was not what we were expecting either. We knew not to expect the over-the-top emotional thrashing from 21. And it had to be more mature than 19. In the end, what we got from 25 is a solid album with a built in audience that is going to help Adele break all of the sales records and video views on YouTube.
You can purchase 25 from Adele on iTunes now and everywhere else. Seriously, everywhere.
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