When looking at Adele’s career so far, it is really amazing that she only began gaining a following in the United States when “Rolling in the Deep” was released. Her rise to fame started in 2006 with her deal with XL Recordings. In 2009, her song “Chasing Pavements,” along with her debut album, 19, gained critics’ approval. That same year she won Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. With 21 and its gospel and disco-infused tracks, Adele proved herself once again, as the album became one of the longest-running number-one albums in history. Even with a canceled tour due to hemorrhages on her vocal chords, Adele won six Grammy Awards in one night.
This new album follows suit with her other albums, as it is titled after her age at the time. According to Adele, her last album was a break-up album and this new one is about making up with herself and making up for lost time. After just listening to “Hello” it is obvious that this is what she was going for. With her signature vocals and quiet piano, the song is amazing. The black and white video flashes between present scenes of Adele going back to an empty house and scenes reminiscing of a past relationship with a man. The video shows both happy and sad moments in the relationship. The little bit of conversation you can hear in the background of the video adds a new layer to the song, and it gives context to the lyrics. The raw emotion in the video, as well as in the lyrics and her voice, is powerful and effortlessly portrays the meaning of the song.
“Hello” has an addicting tune and makes you excited for the upcoming album. The song is an out-of-body experience, perfect for getting out of the funk you may be in or just for a fun song to sing with friends. If you are one of the few who have not heard this song yet, take a listen now and you will truly be impressed.