Adele’s “Hello”

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After three years of virtual radio-silence, Adele has finally released another song.  “Hello,” the first single from the upcoming album 25 set to come out on November 20th of this year, was made available to the public on October 23rd. The idea of “Hello” is that of someone calling their previous partner on the phone to apologize for the way things ended, painting a picture of detachment and disconnect which is really delivered through the lyrics.  The song opens up simply, with Adele’s voice only accompanied by piano, highlighting the message she is trying to get through.  Like many of her other tracks, “Hello” is about a lost love.  However, she typically sings about her heart being broken while this track deals with her breaking heart, which is made evident in the following lines:

“So hello from the other side

I must've called a thousand times

To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done

But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside

At least I can say that I've tried

To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart

But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart.”

Adele’s vocals remain truly amazing and unparalleled by any other top singer we’ve seen in this generation, as demonstrated by her vocal range and purity of her tone.

However, “Hello” seems to lack the distinct and signature style Adele has always expressed and sounds more like she is trying to match what’s popular today.  It is not as classic sounding as her previous songs. All in all, “Hello” has satisfied the empty hole we’ve all been feeling for the past three Adele-less years, but it fills in that hole a little differently then we’re used to.