Ah bless, Adele is back. You’d be surprised, a lot has changed since Adele last released a soundtrack for your tears. Clayton Spencer was not even President of Bates yet. Trick or Drink was still around. And just like Bates has come a long way, so has Adele.
Luckily Adele did not take a complete u-turn and make a hip-hop EDM folk album about the circle of life. Well, 25 is about the circle of life since like Bates, Adele went through a lot of change since 21. Gone is the heartbroken Adele who had a fire starting in her heart after a (really) bad breakup that led her to write eleven songs that made everyone scared as hell to make Adele pissed. Everyone except one man, since Adele is now in a happy, stable relationship with a young child in tow. How can Adele be Adele without the heartbreak? Who will we ugly cry to now?
Turns out settled down Adele still holds grudges and sings about lost love, though this time the bitterness is gone and replaced with a mix of nostalgia and regret. Adele has always sounded much more mature than her age (no, she is not 25, she is 27). She no longer wants to make her ex’s life miserable through angry songs; rather, she accepts that relationships end but that you can still be sad about them. So yes, this album will still make you cry and make you want to text your ex.
If you loved 21 or 19, then you will definitely love 25. If you love voices that can transport you to heaven, you will love 25. And it is not all hype and no delivery, 25 is really good. It is the first ever album to sell over three millions copies in a week, a million more than the previous record holder (*NSYNC, if anyone’s counting). There’s no stopping Adele.
By now everyone has heard “Hello,” the song that features Adele tearing through our hearts and making us cry all over again. The song has already made its place in pop culture as Saturday Night Live made a sketch about how the song diffuses family disagreements about politics. “Hello” has the booming chorus that Adele perfectly executes: once she gets going, there’s no stopping her.
Oddly, Adele enlists the production of Max Martin and Shellback, who are responsible for hits like “Can’t Feel My Face” and “…Baby One More Time.” At first glance it’s a little odd to see producers like them on an Adele album, but fret not. Their song, “Send My Love” is not bubblegum pop. Though the song is not particularly memorable, it is very catchy.
Lucky for us, we also get the first ever Adele sex jam with “I Miss You.” It’s not the sex jam that you would expect from Miley Cyrus but it is still a fun listen. Since the song is called “I Miss You,” yes you will cry. “When We Were Young” is the highlight of the record. It’s peak nostalgia; it’s the song everyone should play on graduation and look back at the past four years to. The song is all about being scared of growing old and missing when we were young. Expect tears.
There are also happy tears on the album too, especially in the songs dedicated to Adele’s son, Angelo. In both “Remedy” and “Sweetest Devotion,” Adele promises to be there for her son forever and protect him. Doesn’t everyone just want a famous parent to write a song about them?
There’s even a song about Adele’s relationship with her boyfriend and how she realizes this is the relationship she will always want to be in. Great for you Adele, but promise to keep making music for us to cry to.