Album Review

Adele’s Most Powerful Album Yet!

In the last decade, Adele released the powerful, melancholy albums we all know and love today, 21 and 25. However, six years later, Adele released what might be her best album yet, 30. Unless you have been living under a rock, it is known that Adele’s new album is kind of a big deal. The English artist’s fourth studio album delivers emotion of motherhood and divorce through sonic variety. Known for pouring her heart on to her music, Adele has never sounded as ferocious and powerful as she does on 30. Her lyrics are mature and jaded with heartbreak as she describes her struggles going through a divorce and raising a child.

The album opens with “Strangers by Nature,” with mellow vocals and chorus-like layers that produce an eerie sound, which is perfect for a song about a love that is dead and gone. 

“I’ll be taking flowers to the cemetery of my heart / For all of my lovers in the present and in the dark,” Adele sings. 

This is a perfect statement that introduces the theme of the album, heartbreak. She ends the song with a simple phrase. 

“Alright then, I’m ready,” which sets up her listeners to get ready for the rest of the songs in her album. This is a somewhat ode to her heartbreak.

The lead single, “Easy On Me,” is fueled by a rhythmic piano instrumental and powerful, dominant vocals from Adele. It was surprisingly popular and in late October, it secured its No. 1 spot on the Billboard Global Charts. Adele also had songs like “My Little Love,” that she created for her son, Angelo Adkins. It is full of emotional dialogue with her son about her divorce and introduces feelings of depression and confusion about the world.

There is no doubt that Adele’s 30 is thematically strong and consistent, but some songs do feel sonically repetitive – which is why only a couple of the album’s songs have blown up, while the rest get average attention. Regardless, Adele successfully showcases her amazing vocal talent and vulnerability on her newest album. So, whenever you feel like crying your heart out, or feel melancholy, 30 is the perfect album to set the mood. What is your favorite song on the album?

Author: Valerie Claustro | Staff Writer

Graphic by: Valerie Claustro

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