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November 19, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

Life & Culture

Review: Four years later, Adele is back and better than ever

"25"

Adele

It’s safe to say that fans have been eagerly awaiting Adele’s return. After a four-year hiatus, she released her single, “Hello,” on Oct. 23, and the song has since received immense popularity and praise. The song reappeared on her latest release, a stunning album titled “25,” which came out Nov. 20. Full of gorgeous vocals, the singer shows off her raw and honest lyrics that fans have missed, sweeping listeners away with her soulful and explosive tracks. Adele has already broken records with this album, since more than 3 million copies were sold in its debut week, breaking *NSYNC’s 2.4 million record of “No Strings Attached” in 2000.

On this new album, the British singer has revealed to fans a new side of herself with upbeat songs like “Send My Love (To Your Lover),” “Water Under the Bridge” and “River Lea.” While Adele has made a name for herself being an emotional powerhouse in her slower ballads, it is refreshing to see her take a new direction on these tracks. These uptempo songs are fairly unusual for the singer, yet they are very successful. This truly demonstrates that Adele has the ability to make any tune incredible.

For fans already captivated by Adele’s standbys, this album has no shortage of emotional pieces, including “When We Were Young,” “Remedy” and “All I Ask.” The singer did a beautiful job of adding in fan-favorite, piano-driven songs with her one-of-a-kind voice. Adele still sings out those slow songs that listeners have come to love over the years. In no way will they be disappointed.

From start to finish, the album is a beautiful piece of work. While her singles may be hits, Adele’s albums are the true driving force behind her talent. The four-year break that Adele took was definitely worth the wait because this album is amazing. “25” delivers everything listeners expect of Adele and more.