Adele Makes a Soulful and Successful Return with 25

Chloe Yueh ‘17, Staff Writer

After a 3-year hiatus, Adele has made a long-anticipated comeback to the music industry, with her latest album 25. On October 23, the lead single “Hello” was released and it soon swept the charts, achieving international commercial success by reaching number one in 28 countries. It became the first single ever to sell one million downloads on iTunes in a release week. The album itself sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. in less than a week, breaking NSYNC’s single-week sales record of 2.42 million. It also became the fastest-selling album in the U.K, officially breaking Oasis’ first week record. Moreover, the album was successful on the musical aspect. It received largely positive reviews from music critics, as many have indicated that the artist’s music has developed and matured in the new release.

In an interview, the artist indicates that the age 25 is a turning point in her life as she teeters on the edge of adolescence and adulthood, “I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back.” Therefore, aging and nostalgia became the theme of her new album. She also reveals the inspiration for “Hello”: “wanting to be at home and wanting to reach out to everyone I’ve ever hurt – including myself – and apologize for it.”

Apart from the lead single, the other tracks in the album are definitely worth a listen, if not many. A few of my personal favorites are “When We Were Young”, a piano ballad where Adele sings about treasuring the moments you will look back on years later, and the head-bobbing “Water Under the Bridge”, in which she proclaims to her lover, “If you’re gonna let me down, let me down gently / Don’t pretend that you don’t love me / Our love ain’t water under the bridge.” With 25, Adele continues to prove that she is one of the greatest interpreters of heartbreaking stories.