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"25" is the highly anticipated new album from Adele, and is her first new music since her Oscar winning single "Skyfall" in 2012.
"Hello" is the debut single from "25." The cinematic video for "Hello" was shot in the countryside surrounding Montreal and is directed by the celebrated young Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Tom at the Farm).
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Now lets talk about 25! As in the past Adele has a smoky richness to her voice that just takes you to places far away and paints beautiful images in your mind. You want more when the song ends but then the next one begins and takes you on a different journey. She complexity that is so simple (I know you will understand what I mean by that once you hear this album) and begs to be played over and over.
With this third album she has earned the right to be a ONE name artist (just Adele).
A little about my setup. I play my vinyl on a Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver. I have it setup with a Bluetooth 4.0 transmitter that is received by my Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II (Carbon). Please - no hate mail and I understand I lose some of the greatness of vinyl by converting it to digital but it is a setup so I can move the speaker around the house and not connected to a wired system.
All I can say is if you love Adele you will not be disappointed with this purchase. Get it on vinyl or on any format that works best for you - then sit back and enjoy. I really hope this helps make your decision!
There are 11 gorgeous songs on this album and as fabulous as each song is on its own they form a really cohesive album. Here is my breakdown of the individual songs:
1. Hello: This song is her first release and it was just what we needed to get our toes wet again with the lovely sound of Adele. I’ve listened to this a thousand times (pun intended) and it feels to me that she is trying to ring up her old self to let her know that’s its all good. Life has moved on from the old flame and she is fine. She has risen above the heartbreak.
2. Send My Love (to your new lover): This starts with a lovely bit of just guitar and Adele with some beautiful humming then it moves on becomes really catchy, like really catchy. It kind of reminds me a bit of a couple of Lily Allen’s songs. Fun, upbeat and you just want to bounce a bit and sing along. This will be a big hit for the youtube car sing-alongs. I found myself snapping my fingers to this a lot. She’s telling her ex to send some love to his new lover and telling him to treat his new lover better.
3. I Miss You: This has an incredible drum beat that makes me wanna break into some modern dance. I hear a liitle Sia & Florence and the Machine in there but that’s my opinion. This is the one you are going to turn up the radio on and just dance around the house.
4. When We Were Young: I just love this song, the video was released a few days ago and it is so sublime. The way she can lower her voice and sound so freaking sexy and then hit that amazing high note at 3:49 just blows me away. This song is just so sweet and the lyrics are magical. I think it brings back a lot of memories for anyone who had some great moments when they were younger and love looking back on our youth with fondness for our past. I just can’t stop singing, “It was just like a movie, it was just like a song. My God this reminds me of when we were young. Let me photograph you in this light in case it is the last time.” I’m not sure who wrote that line (I’m hoping Adele did) because it is stunning.
5. Remedy: This one brings in a piano at the start and has some lovely lyrics. “When your heart makes you feel like a fool I promise you will see that I will be, I will be a remedy. “ It is about how our hearts will break and we will feel awful but she will be there to help when the pain cuts too deep and the night keeps you from sleeping. It is a lovely ballad. She has a lovely humming bit towards the end that was just so light.
6. Water Under the Bridge: This is a really fun upbeat song that makes you wanna stand on the edge of a tall building and sing it to the city. It is about love, breaking up, and the water under the bridge. The backup vocals are spot-on. The beat will make you think you are a bit of drummer and you’ll be tapping to it through the entire song.
7. River Lea: This is a song that makes me feel she opened up her heart and soul and I almost felt like I saw something that I had no right seeing. Like when you walk in on a conversation between 2 people and you heard personal things. It was beautiful and brings a tear to my eye each time I hear it. Just some lovely vocals on this on. It is a hauntingly beautiful song.
8. Love in the Dark: This is what will remind you most of the Adele everyone fell in love with years and years ago. Very strong vocals and a ravishing ballad. This will have more covers than you can ever watch on Youtube (my two cents.)
9. Million Years Ago: This is like listening to Mariah’s ‘My All’ they both make me feel like I’m listening to a beautiful performer at a small café that has more talent than they know what to do but they just like the simple life and pour their hearts into this song. I’ve always loved ‘My All’ but now I feel Adele has taken over with this one. It is eerily angelic. She talks about the things she misses from a million years ago.
10. All I Ask: This is Adele. I feel some 60’s and 70’s pop love song and a bit of country influence on this. That doesn’t make it sound as inviting as I wished. Because this is a lovely song. She hits some marvelous notes and once again you want to learn the lyrics as soon as you can so you can sing along. I feel that she really did some amazing vocal calisthenics that I’m not used to with her but I love it. I heard from a friend she wrote this with Bruno Mars and that makes sense if you know that and listen to the song again. The lyrics talk about how to end a relationship because it matters because if it is ended wrong, what if she is never able to love again? Pretty heartbreaking.
11. Sweetest Devotion: The intro and outro has a little child that you can hear a bit and in my mind it is her son, Angelo (I’m not sure it is him.) This song is one of my favorites in this album, you just hear that voice and want to stop everything and sing. I heard a few days ago that there was a song she wrote for her boyfriend, Simon, and I can only think this must be it. It is so sweet and adorable. I won’t try and explain it, you are on your own with this song. I hope you love it as much as I do.
My top 5 are (in no particular order): Send my Love, I Miss You, When We Were Young, Million Years Ago & Sweetest Devotion
Obviously I haven’t a bad thing to say about this album. I’ve never written such a long review on an album. But I’ve been dying to hear her new album and was so excited to get my mitts on it. If you had any doubt that she couldn’t pull it off again, just put them away because she shines. I felt heartbroken after listening to her album, 21 the first few times. It truly drained me but this album makes me think that Adele is happy. Sure there are some songs that pull at my heartstrings but I feel happy after each album repeat. She has the world in her hands and she’s not gonna let go for a while and I’m quite fine with that.
OMG I felt like Adele was in the room helping me put things
, in their proper place!!! She reminded me of my ex-girlfriend.
I actually felt like Adele was my ex girlfriend from the otherside
of the Country singing to me about how she used to love me.
But she is married now. I kept on picking up things off of the floor..
singing HELLO is it me??? There is so much more to this albums
greatness... I would be typing for hours to get it all out. I wanted
to write Adele a letter about how much this album put me in the
mood of all kinds of love and creativity and memories!!! I love ADELE.
IF she wasn't involved with dude that she took to the Grammy's...
dude with the beard... I would..... shhh.. (you get it!!)
First listened to the MP3, and later when UPS arrived, put on the vinyl. So I still don't have any new favorites, but it is a very good record, and we very much enjoyed the whole album. So glad this has finally been released. Adele sounds beautiful.