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Hello… Adele is back with a bang

Story by Valentina Garcia, The Saint Reporter
Photo courtesy of People

 

Hello…

The queen is back. Listening to Adele’s new album, 25, is embarking on a feels train, and who wouldn’t want to join?

“Hello,” because what better way to kick the feels train off? By this point, we are all familiar with this track. It is the song that broke records and had us all missing someone.

In “Sending my Love,” Adele sings of letting go and moving on. This is the most upbeat and danceable song on the album, which is a little odd because Adele isn’t known for danceable songs. We’ll probably hear it on the radio eventually.

“Water Under the Bridge” seems to have some conflicting emotions. Adele sings, “If you’re gonna let me down, let me down gently/Don’t pretend that you don’t want me/Say that our love ain’t water under the bridge.” She seems to be stuck in between the idea of not needing to be with someone and hoping the other says their love isn’t over.

“River Lea” is probably the song you’ll have questions about. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, it is an actual river in England. Adele uses the river as a metaphor to compare her relationships that didn’t work out. Whatever is in the river is in her and it “…stain[s] every heart that I use to heal the pain.”

“When We Were Young,” “Love in the Dark,” and “Million Years Ago” are some songs you don’t want to miss.  

“When We Were Young” encompasses everything Adele is known for; the vocals and the heartbreak. In “Love in the Dark” Adele sings, “Please stay where you are/don’t come any closer/don’t try to change my mind/I’m being cruel to be kind.” It’s a break up song that will hit you right in the feels, like only Adele can do. “Million Years Ago” focuses on her life before being famous and how she misses it; however it can also resonate with the trying-to-figure-life-out college kid status. “I feel like my life is flashing by/and all I can do is watch and cry.” We’ve all had those days, right?

“All I Ask” is the last night spent with a lover before breaking up. Adele is asking for a final memory, because “what if I never love again?” A song similar to this would be “I Miss You.” This song is about an intimate relationship where she is afraid of the lights going down and her doubts about the relationship becoming illuminated.

“Remedy” is a promise, a promise to be there “when the world seems so cruel/and your heart makes you feel like a fool.” It is a slow song with her voice only accompanied by the piano. You can see how this can later foreshadow to “Sweetest Devotion”, the final and happiest track on the album. In “Sweetest Devotion,” Adele’s found happiness and she’s going for it. “I wasn’t ready then; I’m ready now/I’m heading straight for you.”

This Thanksgiving, many of us will add to our list of “things we’re grateful for” our gratitude to Adele for sharing her music with the world. We all waited a long time for this album, and 25 does not disappoint. Get a copy, take time to enjoy, and let it hit you right in the feels.

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