It’s been a long three years, but Adele is FINALLY back with new music. With the exception of ‘Skyfall‘ for the Bond movie of the same name, Adele went quiet in the world of music to live her life. In that time, she became a mother and managed to stay out of the spotlight of the world. As much as we love that she was able to do that, we’ve missed her so and are SO ready for her new album, 25. The sure-to-be-a-global-phenom album is set to release on November 20th.
The songs opening lyrics immediately gave me chills, both from being the first new lyrics I’ve heard from her and because they’re just that damn good.
“Hello, it’s me/I was wondering if after all these years/You’d like to meet, to go over/Everything/They say that time’s supposed to heal ya/But I ain’t done much healing.
Hello, can you hear me?/I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be/When we were younger and free/I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet.”
That statement – that time is supposed to heal all wounds but sometimes doesn’t -resonates with me so much. This song made me cry, not immediately though. I listened to it a few times, just listening to the melodies and lyrics and rolling them around. Then I started to relate it to my own life and realized with an audible gasp that I knew how she was feeling. I had someone in my life once that I can see myself saying those exact words to, right down to the bit about California.
This song is a love song, but not in the way that you’d think. It’s a love song for everyone in her life that she’s somehow left behind in her journey to musical world dominance (don’t fight me on this – she rules the world with her incredible voice). She spoke to Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show after the world premiere of the song and explained that she was apologizing to her loved ones. She had it written to a point and then went to LA for a vocal recording session and “magic happened” and she was left with what we have now.
The chorus is a gut punch of soaring vocals and heartbreaking lyrics.
“Hello from the other side/I must have called a thousand times/To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done/But when I call you never seem to be home/Hello from the outside/At least I can say that I’ve tried/To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart/But it don’t matter it clearly don’t tear you apart anymore.
The video is done in all sepia tones and it’s beautiful. She’s at a cabin out in the wilderness, seemlingly to get away from it all. It flashes back to a friend, with scenes that go from happy and in a pub to sad and ignoring calls. She sings her heart out. What I love the most about Adele is that she fully puts her heart and soul into her songs. You feel what she’s feeling while she sings.
Welcome back, Adele. We can’t wait to hear the rest of it.
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