Adele’s “25” Radiates Rebirth
â€śHello,â€ť the explosive first track to Adeleâ€™s album â€ś25,â€ť is really about goodbyes. The song opens the door to the albumâ€™s theme of leaving the past behind.
In â€śWater Under the Bridge,â€ť Adele â€™s voice, paired with heavy instrumentals, flows along with the resounding melodies. Her voice gracefully rises and falls along to the beat of the song, passion leaking from each verse.
â€śRiver Leaâ€ť features another side of Adeleâ€™s vocal prowess. Her voice gently creeps along and hypnotically croons at the end of the song. With the bluesy instrumentals, the song effectively creates a smoky, mysterious feel.
In each song, Adele seeks closure and hopes to mend her broken heart. From the climactic choruses of â€śSweetest Devotionâ€ť to the plucky simplicity of â€śSend My Love (To Your New Lover),â€ť Adeleâ€™s sheer emotion characterizes each song differently. While the gentle instrumentals add yet another layer of poignancy to each song, the same strings and piano effects are frequently recycled. However, Adeleâ€™s dramatic vocals compensate for the lack of instrumental diversity. Her sorrow and anguish are ultimately what creates the albumâ€™s powerful yet melancholy mood.
â€ś25â€ť brings a new sound and fresh theme to Adeleâ€™s musical career. The airier and sultrier â€ś19â€ť focuses more on falling in love and the romantic experience. In contrast, â€ś21â€ť is about transforming the pain from heartbreak and turning it into power, her assertive voice belting furious verses. However, â€ś25â€ť is more remorseful, lamenting over the past and tearful goodbyes. The instrumentals are less aggressive and, coupled with Adeleâ€™s crooning voice, feel more relaxing and somber.
Overall, Adeleâ€™s musical style has retained its emotional intensity, but now it features a new aspect of the pure grief and mourning that comes in the aftermath of love. The raw emotion in Adeleâ€™s voice makes â€ś25â€ť a compelling and passionate album that leaves listeners craving for more.
By Natalie Jiang, Staff writer
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