“What’s new?” is not the right question to ask. This is Adele, after all. She’s, like, the greatest singer in the world, bar none; she could never do wrong. Not that she actually is. 25 is not designed to rattle cages. It’s not made to push the Adele sound to places it’s never been. It’s essentially a continuation of her smash 21: personal songwriting, sparse arrangements, that booming voice of hers tying everything together. Well, 21 was orchestral, perhaps overwrought with emotion; 25 – a record reflecting Adele becoming a wife, a mother, and a very popular person – has a lightness that her two previous albums never had. But that aside, it’s not right to expect Adele to suddenly become experimental. She’s as comfy as a warm mug of tea (to keep the metaphors relatively British), and that’s not going to change any time soon – maybe unless Adele sees another massive upheaval in her life, which is unlikely considering she’s Adele, or if she goes through a midlife crisis. 25, then, is an okay record. [NB] | 3/5
“Hello” by Adele | I hereby predict that Christmas parties will be filled with people attempting to sing this song. Adele is finally back with a new album, 25, hitting stores in four weeks’ time, and this, her first single after the monumental success of 21, becoming a superstar, singing for James Bond, getting married, giving birth to a kid… and, well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. “Hello” is just that. At least she made the lot of us wait this long. [NB]
“Skyfall” by Adele | Here’s your obligatory post about the song so many people are talking about at the moment: Adele singing the theme song to the upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall. Apart from the fact that it’s a return to the traditional James Bond theme sound, and the fact that it’s going to be Adele’s last song before her little baby break… yeah, what do you think?