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Album review: 25, by Adele

Adele is back after a three years of absence with a new record. 25 is made up of 11 tracks and returns the British singer to the spotlight.

The album opens with Hello, the first song in history to see a million downloads in a week. The official video had over 61 million streams in its first seven days, only to find itself behind viral Harlem Shake.

Moving from the intensity of Hello comes Send My Love to Your New Lover, which, with an upbeat guitar and catchy chorus, asks what I presume is 21´s ex to treat the new girlfriend better and forget the past. “We gotta let go of all of our ghosts / We both know we ain’t kids no more.”

Pulling back to that dominant and slightly sombre tone that characterises Adele is I Miss You. The singer described the track in an interview with 1-d at the end of October:

It’s about intimacy on every level. It’s about sex, it’s about arguing, one of the most intimate moments in my life. ‘Cause you just blurt it out. It’s a bit like, a drunk tongue is an honest one. That’s definitely my motto, in life. That’s why I don’t really like drinking no more. The panic you get when you wake up the next morning.

When We Young premiered yesterday as 25´s second single. Adele performed the piano song live at Church Studios, in London and says she thinks of it as a reunion with old friends and acquaintances, with “everyone that you’ve ever fallen out with, everyone that you’ve ever loved, everyone that you’ve never loved…And you’re all thrown together at this party when you’re like 50, and it doesn’t matter and you have so much fun and you feel like you’re 15 again.”

Remedy, a piano collaboration with OneRepublic´s Ryan Tedder, offers a loving hand to the former lover “when the world seems so cruel.” Water Under The Bridge fails to leave that failed relationship in the past, asking him to “don´t pretend that you don´t love me, our love ain´t water under the bridge.”

River Lea has that Rolling In The Deep feeling, with a chorus that makes you repeatedly nod while Love In The Dark resembles Hello with symphonic arrangements. “I can’t love you in the dark / It feels like we’re oceans apart / There is so much space between us /Maybe we’re already defeated.”

Somehow, Spanish-guitar and slow-rhythmed Million Years Ago, with Adele´s humming, reminded me of Ellie Goulding. All I Ask goes back to Adele´s piano comfort zone and dreams the former lover “hold me like I’m more than just a friend.”

25 closes with Sweetest Devotion, a somewhat country tune that reminds that particular person (possibly the ex the album seems dedicated to) “You will only be eternally the one that I belong to.” The album will reassure Adele´s position as the queen of pop.

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