Album Review: “25” (Adele)

The ailing music industry has waited with baited breath for three years to welcome back the emotive and powerful ballads of Adele which leave your spine tingling and heart aching. After her long absence and the wild success of her previous album, it is unsurprising that the whole world has fallen at the singer’s feet upon the release of her new album, ‘25’.

Adele’s new album cover for “25”. Credit: nme

Released on 20 November, ‘25’ instantly broke records shooting to number one in the chart, with it now having reached a record-breaking 800,307 copies in its first week of release. With Adele-fever showing no signs of slowing down, the album is everything that fans hoped for. ‘25’ is filled with the emotive excellence and heartfelt vocals that Adele is so well known for.

The confessional nature of her previous music is prevalent in the new album, with direct and truthful lyrics luring us in. Whilst some have criticised Adele for making an unapologetic return to her conventional ‘Someone Like You’ drama and heightened emotion, this is what most find so poignant and golden about her music. Whilst she covers the same kind of sophisticated and emotional musical terrain, the album is certainly the superior of its predecessor, ‘21’. With a swift move from youthful rawness to maturity and class, ‘25’ will not disappoint.

Adele, 27, is still young by any sensible measure, however this album evidently takes us through a transitional passage of time. Her fading innocence and dramatic attempt to reach an ex-lover is evidently mourned in ‘Water Under The Bridge’, leaving behind the raw, painful ballads of her previous albums and wading in to a new river of self- acceptance and forgiveness that flows so effortlessly.

With ‘Hello’ being her first single release from the album, Adele delivers what she does best, belting out a powerful and dramatic tale of love and loss, but this time with a prevalent feeling of maturity. Her journey of transformation and self-acceptance is delivered with effortless soul, and sends a strong message about how she wants us to feel. She converts her pain into passion and, as a result of believing in her own power, has become a hugely successful and independent woman in her own right.

Brogan Pennington

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