Nov 27, 2015

Review: 25 - @Adele

     Okay everyone stop the presses! *crickets* Okay great, now that I have everyone’s attention let me share some good news. The Queen is back! And I’m not talking about Beyonce (sorry ya’ll) I’m talking about Adele. Her highly anticipated album, 25, came out last week and what can I say? The girl did her thang. Not only is she breaking hearts with her sounds, she is also breaking records. Her album has sold over 2.4 million albums in the first week, surpassing NSYNC’s record that was set in 1990. I guess people start to miss you when you go missing for four years. But we’re not bitter, we are all saying "Hello" back, and embracing her with open arms.
     Now there are always people that hate and say “It’s just another break up album, it’s not going to be any different then her other ones.” Well you Sir (or Madam) are mistaken. Okay yes, she sings about past relationships but she included songs like A Million Years AgoRiver Lea and When We Were Young that are very nostalgic. She sings about her childhood and love for her hometown, confirming that you can take the girl out of London, but you can’t take London out of the girl. There were also some tracks that were surprisingly seductive; especially I Miss You. It’s definitely not a break up song. The heavy percussion and Adele’s heavy breathing in the beginning, along with the lyrics “treat me soft but touch me cruel/ I wanna teach you things you never new” show that the title is very misleading. Lay Me Down is also an intimate composition on the deluxe edition. She tells her lover to “Turn off the lights/ lay me down/ till the morning.”
     And while we know Adele for her soulful, R&B and gospel sound, there are a couple of pop sounding tracks on here. My favorite song, Send My Love (To Your New Lover,) is a sassy message to her ex, telling him to treat his new girl better because she’s giving him up. The upbeat tempo is something you can dance to. I know I did, several times. Water Under The Bridge is a groovy pop ballad that every girl can relate to. When a guy isn’t committing, and you have to decide if you’re going to put up with it not; you know we’ve all made that mistake before. Accompanied with this album, Adele wrote a letter to herself: “My last record was a break up record and if I had to label this one it would be a make-up record. I’m making up with myself… making up for everything I did and never did”. She shares this personal message, and so much more with her fans, who may be able to learn from her mistakes. So from all of us I would like to say, thank you for making up with yourself. It’s good to have you back.
Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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