New Release: Adele – “25”

Last Friday, Adele released her highly anticipated new album, “25”. It is, as most of us had hoped (and predicted) an amazing piece of work. Her first single “Hello” dropped a few weeks ago, with an accompanying video, and almost broke the Internet. The physical CD is being sold at rates not seen since the N*SYNC levels of 2000. That was 15 years ago, when people actually bought CDs…and she’s still beating those numbers. In short, to say she’s breaking records with her new album is, in itself, a broken record.

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Now for the most important question, is it any good? Yes, it’s phenomenally good. It is a matured version of her last album “21” with the raw sound of the past now replaced with more finely produced tracks. The album is SO good, there is nothing on the market today to compare it to. Adele has now cemented herself as the best active solo artist on the planet.

My only issue on the whole album is with the song “When We Were Young”. It’s a great song, and my issue is that it had the potential to be Adele’s greatest song ever. This song’s potential, in my opinion, was on course for a once in a lifetime song…but there is this very awkward section that ends the chorus with “let me photograph you in this light/in case it is the last time/that we might be exactly like we were/before we realized/we were sad of getting old/it made us restless” and I keep thinking, WHY IS THIS HERE??? It’s completely out of place, in fact, it doesn’t belong. This song is flying so high and then “plop” this forced sounding piece is added to this beautiful song. I’ve listened to this song over and over and over and I just don’t get it, why is this needed. Anyhow, even with this piece, the song is still great, I’m just disappointed because it feels like you are about to hear something out of this world. I’d love to know your opinions on this part and if you think I’m on to something or if I’ve missed the mark on this one.

Overall, the album is wonderful, 10 out of 10, and the only question is how does it compare to “21”. I believe “21” had Adele’s best song ever with “Rolling in the Deep”, but overall I believe I’d have to give “25” a slight advantage in being the better album. Either way, you should have all of Adele’s music and take pleasure in listening to some of the best music ever made.

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3 thoughts on “New Release: Adele – “25”

  1. In case you still care almost 1 yr later – I think that is the best part of the song! That’s where the melody line really soars and creates heart wrenching emotion for me…. The lyrics there are especially poignant. Maybe it’s because I’m old and looking back from that vantage point. *sob*

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  2. Thanks Eva for the comment! I’m glad you mentioned that line specifically…because I’ve gotten very similar responses about my comment regarding that line! 🙂 As soon as I first published the post I talked with my brother who is a musician, and he told me that he agreed with my assessment of the album, but I was flat out wrong about “When We Were Young”. His argument was very similar to yours, “How can you not like that soaring piece of the song?” I think I was definitely in the minority with that perspective.
    Looking back, I’m so used to that being part of the song I don’t think about it much anymore — I just sing along and enjoy the fact that I’m listening to Adele! 🙂
    Thanks again for the comment!

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