REVIEW: Adele – 25
She’s back. The well awaited album from six-time Grammy Award winner Adele is finally here.
When Adele dropped a clip of her new single Hello into an ad break on Sunday nights X Factor’s results the internet exploded with excitement. There was no need for introduction or even her face to appear on screen because the powerful, husky filled voice was all anyone needed to hear to recognise her.
Later that week she released a music video which got everyone talking and now after a long awaited four years since the last release of new music, fans of the singer-songwriter finally have no longer to wait to hear the soul wrenching voice return.
Her album, 25, starts with the number one returning single Hello and while yes, the album does contain a fair few ballads, some songs such as Water Under The Bridge and River Lea are up beat and classic sing- a-long Adele tracks that will remind you of the second album (21) songs Rolling In The Deep, Waiting For You and songs from the first album, 19, such as Tired.
The album has hints of rhythm and blues sounds which are similar to her first album, 19. Including heart warming soul songs that may bring a tear to the eye but this time in a good way. Big ballad songs like When We Were Young are showing strong signs of being big hits as the powerful punching notes, she hits during the song will both surprise and shock listeners.
It’s fair to say that Adele’s voice has changed and undoubtedly this is for the better. It seems to have mellowed and matured yet still holds that raspiness tone we all love and recognise. It stretches and reaches for boundaries that her previous music wouldn’t have even dared to touch. It shows her strongest points and allows listeners yet again to hear what’s beneath that excitable and honest exterior she shows during interviews.
Nostalgia is a key theme to this album as it was with the others. Songs such as River Lea describe her love for her home town and describes the River Thames. It’s a step up from Hometown Glory a hit from her first album 19 but emphasises her proud roots. Throughout the album are sad reminding moments such as in Million Years Ago when listeners are given a glimpse of how the singers life isn’t as simple as it was before her 21 album became the award winner it was by selling over 30 million copies.
It’s pretty clear that this is Adele’s growing up and making up record with lyrics such as “we both know we ain’t kids no more” reminding us of how this singer has transitioned from being young and heartbroken into a woman who is keen to forget, forgive and move on but certainly remembering that path that lead her to her stardom.
Personally this album doesn’t disappoint, it has a mixture of songs I would expect to some big heart impacting and surprising sounds too.
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