25 is out and we can all finally breathe easier knowing that we survived the wait for Adele's latest album. As striking as promised, 25 picks up where 21 left off, with a ton of songs leaning more towards post-breakup feelings rather than "YOU JUST LEFT ME OMGGGGG" feelings of21. To be totally honest, I had kind of hoped for a more light-hearted turn, more akin to19 (which has plenty of mopers, but also has some more feel-good tracks).
I was sort of under the impression that this album would actually be a straight up love album, about her relationship with her boyfriend and the fact that they had a child together. I didn't really expect it to still be so melancholy. It is still an incredibly beautiful album, but it sort of feels like things we've heard before. The tone is pretty much the same as 21, though Adele uses her insane vocal range a lot more on this bad boy ("Million Years Ago" is a prime example).
The stand out tracks for me are "Hello" (of course, this is what brought Adele back to us), "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" (I actually think this might be my favourite song off of the album... at least, it is today), "When We Were Young," "Remedy" (the piano riff in this song sounds so Andrew McMahon-like, it astounds me) and "River Lea." So basically, the first half of the album. The second half starts to bleed together for me.
I know that the more I listen to it, the more I'll get into it, and it's not as if I don't already like it: I emphatically do. However, as previously stated, I expected a different sort of sound from this record. Adele is fantastic at what she does, so I suppose the idea is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. However, I would have liked at least more than one track that you can't fall asleep to.
One thing that I actually don't mind is this idea of Adele referring to herself as young, once. As if she still isn't. However, despite our being the same age, I too fear getting older, consistently feel like I'm wasting my time and that it's just passing me by. That fear and that emotion is so palpable on 25 and that's the main reason I can't dismiss it. It feels so real for me. Because of that, this album has power and it's a power that is already taking over. 25 is not going anywhere for a long, long time.