Adele’s album 25 may be the most talked about album of the year. With two singles already released, she has touched millions all over the world with her heartfelt, raw ballads. Each album has told a story in the singer’s life. 19 showed us how she grew up and the ups and downs of a first love, 21 brought us to tears as she taught us what it feels like to mend a broken heart, but 25…this album may be her biggest stepping stone yet. This is what you need to know about the album before it drops tomorrow.
This album is for one person in Adele’s life.
This would be her 3-year-old son, Angelo. Before this year, Adele hadn’t released new music since 2011. The singer decided to produce this album because she wanted her son to see her someone “running a proper business. Being a boss again. Hopefully smashing it again.” Well, her son will definitely see that in his mother if he doesn’t already.
This album will never be 21.
The albums written and sung about in this new album could not possibly replicate where Adele is in life now. She acknowledges that her last album was a “phenomena” and she can’t “include it in any expectations of anything I ever do again.”
So what is 25? It’s a make-up record.
This album won’t be about shedding tears from an ex-boyfriend. This album will be about crying over a relationship with yourself, and what you’ve felt with in the past. That’s why Adele is labeling this album as a “make-up record”, since she is “making up with myself” and “making up for lost time.”
Adele sounds better than ever in this album, because she’s expanded her range.
As if her range didn’t leave us taken aback before, she actually can hit four new notes now. This is the result of her surgery in 2011 to repair a vocal hemorrhage.
She shared with Rolling Stone, “It does make your voice, like, brand-new, which I actually didn’t like at first, because I used to have a bit of husk to my voice, and that wasn’t there at first.”
We get to hear first-hand when Adele faced a turning point with her music and her romantic life.
Adele considers the single ‘Remedy’ that she produced with Ryan Tedder (the same person who helped her write ‘Rumour Has It’) as a turning point for the album and her life, since the song restored her confidence. This came about when Tedder presented Adele with the word “remedy”. This instantly reminded her of her child, which Tedder said “unlocked the whole lyric,” and the song was “done, written and recorded that day.”
Whereas, her hit breakout single “Hello” definitely didn’t happen overnight.
When Adele and co-writer/producer Greg Kurstin wrote ‘Hello’, they knocked out the verses first. However, it wasn’t until six months later when they came back to the song and composed the chorus.
Bruno Mars made her sing so hard.
For Adele’s song ‘All I Ask‘, she teamed up with no other than Bruno Mars and she claims that he pushed her vocals like she never has before saying how she’s “never sung so hard in me whole life.”
This album may not be about heartbreak, and it may be dedicated to her son…but this is no soccer mom album.
Instead of heartbreak, Adele is singing about sex. In her track ‘I Miss You‘, she reveals that this particular song is “arguing, one of the most intimate moments in my life.”
However this album couldn’t be complete without one more ’f–k you’ song.
Adele has one more thing to say to her ex-boyfriend and she does it through her song ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’.
Adele told The Guardian, “It sounds obvious, but I think you only learn to love again when you fall in love again. I’m in that place. My love is deep and true with my man, and that puts me in a position where I can finally reach out a hand to the ex. Let him know I’m over it.”
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