“Hello” and Welcome Back, Adele!
Oh, Adele… It was well worth the wait.
I have a complex relationship with some singers, especially those that sing about relationships, and their songs. Some songs are so closely associated with memories of people in my past that I find it difficult to listen to and enjoy them for a while. (I’m only just now able to listen to Norah Jones’ debut album.)
Adele was one of those that was associated with someone I care for very much, but that repeated attempts showed it would never work out. I could listen to her songs and enjoy them, but there was always an undercurrent of pain. Listening to “Hello” feels like it puts a final period on things. I feared it could go really badly, but it’s a lovely song, hits me in all the feels, and I can’t wait for next month’s full album release.
My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. –Adele
November 20th can’t come soon enough.