Adele’s latest album, 25, has broken records, delighted audiences worldwide and topped the US Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart for ten weeks! I’ve decided to celebrate the collection’s record-breaking four wins at the recent Brit Awards by revealing my five favourite songs from Adele’s 25.
Big, bold and beautiful, ‘Hello’ isn’t just 25s introduction, it’s the collections masterpiece. Conversational lyrics like ‘Hello from the other side/I must have called a thousand times,’ backed by the singer’s signature powerhouse belts, make for a track which cuts to the heart. Here Adele does the same thing she did so effortlessly on 25s legendary predecessor, 21. She takes on a theme anyone can relate to – regret – and tackles it with elegant simplicity and heart-warming candour.
Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Easily 25s most obvious radio friendly unit shifter, ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ is about as pop as this collection gets. At first I wasn’t a fan of the Max Martin-produced track. But its plucky guitar strings, simple beats and Adele’s uncharacteristically sassy words just get stuck in your head eventually, making for a track you’ll listen to over and over again. Here she’s giving the guy up and ‘forgetting it all’ and after listening to ‘Send My Love,’ you’ll be ready to forget right along with her!
I Miss You
‘Sultry’ isn’t usually a word I would typically use for Adele’s artistic style, but it’s the best word I can think of to describe dark love letter ‘I Miss You.’ The song’s production, all harsh drums, echoey beats and hollow synths draw you into the singer’s state of mind, allowing her to bowl you over as she croons to her ex about how she misses him ‘when the lights go out.’ Adele’s voice has never been richer than on ‘I Miss You,’ resulting in a track that really hits the spot.
Who knew a song about a body of water in London could be so touching? Of course, ‘River Lea’ isn’t about the River Lea; it reveals how Adele’s formative years have influenced her turbulent relationships, providing us with a chilling reminder that no-one can escape their past. Throw in an unbelievably addictive hook, epically spooky vocals and Danger Mouse’s outstanding production skills and ‘River Lea’ easily becomes one of 25s highest points.
Million Years Ago
Some critics accused 25 of being too safe, but here Ms Adkins proves that she’s not afraid to try her hand at something radical. ‘Million Years Ago’ is a lament and Adele uses her skills as a simple but brilliant word-smith to really illustrate how she misses who she used to be. The track’s folk-esque production is inspired and Adele’s decision to turn down the vocal theatrics is a refreshing touch. They provide the simplicity needed to let ‘Million Years Ago’ do what its supposed to; speak to the listener.
Cementing her legacy
21 shot Adele into the stratosphere. It was always going to be hard to match, so Adele didn’t try when she composed 25. This was a stroke of genius; 25 is a fantastic album in its own right. It covers common themes such as love, loss and regret with the same frank honestly and welcome candour we’ve come to expect from Ms Adkins’ work.