Fans have been waiting six years — well, five years and 364 days — for this and it’s finally here. Adele’s new album, “30,”exposes a sincere view of the dreamy yet devastating nature of love.
With a total of 12 songs covering 58 minutes, Adele gives listeners an hour to re-feel all the complexities of love, whether it be with a significant other, a child or even yourself.
The album comes after Adele’s divorce earlier this year, which acts as a clear driving force behind the stylistic choices of the album. In an interview with Vogue, Adele explained the album is intended to explain the divorce to her 8-year-old son, Angelo Adkins.
“Strangers By Nature” will transport listener’s hearts back into classic romance nostalgia with its somber melody. Need a song to slow dance to in the kitchen? Adele has delivered.
The album progresses to Adele’s lead single “Easy On Me”, as well as “My Little Love” in which she elaborates on her relationship with her son and her loneliness. Throughout “My Little Love” voice recordings of Adele and Angelo talking about their love for one another and Adele’s guilt from the divorce are played.
“Tell me, do you feel the way my past aches? When you lay on me, can you hear the way my heart breaks?” Adele sings.
Adele’s inner fears and feelings are felt throughout the entire album, even as the album adopts a more up-beat style and energy with “Cry Your Heart Out,” “Oh My God” and “Can I Get It.”
These songs bring pop flare and groove to the overall slow album which helps amplify the excitement Adele may have felt as she started a new chapter of her life after her divorce. This contrast also seems to represent an increase in confidence as she processes the pain she has undergone.
The album revisits Adele’s familiar comforting style in “I Drink Wine,” “All Night Parking” and “Woman Like Me.” She taps in a soul-inspired style and gives time for listeners to take a breath and process this incredible emotional rollercoaster they’re riding.
Listeners are able to understand Adele on an intimate level here — a moment where she finally is able to deem herself as worthy of love again.
“So I hope I learn to get over myself. Stop tryin’ to be somebody else. So we can love each other for free. Everybody wants somethin’, you just want me.” Adele sings in “I Drink Wine.”
The tranquility of these songs are necessary to prepare for “Hold On,” “To Be Loved” and “Love Is A Game,” the final three songs on the album. It’s where she lets her vocal range take over. You’ll be on your knees crying and singing in the shower — it’s cathartic, it’s all embodying, it’s the Adele listeners know and love.
“30” is available on all major streaming platforms.