Audio + Video: Adele Says 'Hello' To '25'

Adele, girl...I wasn't ready to cry and get in my feelings like this on a Friday. Gwen Stefani already ravaged my soul for the week, and now here you come, making my mascara run, getting my eyes all puffy. Adele...I wasn't ready.*sighs as I press play and pour a glass of Roscato* The things I do for you...

How will Adele top 21? That seems the common question most have, and that query will be on the tip of everyone's mind and nestled in every single review when 25 makes it's appearance next month on the 20th. Adele knows full well that she's got to stand and deliver in order to match the megawatt success of her 2011 sophomore set, but I rest trust in her artistry, rest in the fact that age breeds wisdom, my gut feeling roused after reading her open letter announcement on Twitter where she advises that 25 is a "make-up" record, to 21's "break-up", her quarter-life crisis to be the theme:
"I'm making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven't got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What's done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult. [...] 25 is about getting to know who I've become without realising, and I'm sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened." 
Yep, 25 is going to sound like every journal entry I furiously scribbled out during my quarter-life crisis, a far cry from the 'mommy' album we thought was going to happen, thank goodness.

No time is being wasted to get us acquainted with 25 as Adele has already got my tear ducts glistening with her latest single, the piano-led "Hello", a towering, dramatic ballad that is fashioned like an intense phone call to her lover, whom Adele wants to severe ties with, but her lover just keeps hanging on, leaving our heroine in conflict. The picturesque Xavier Dolan-directed visual, takes us into the sepia-toned muse of Adele's tormented thought process as she wanders around a Canadian country landscape, then enters into the abandoned home that she once shared with her lover (played by singer/actor Tristan "Mack" Wilds), recounting all the good and bad times shared under that roof through flashbacks.

The single and good look video is a safe and familiar sure-shot at a comeback for Adele, as it keeps her in her signature balladeer vein, but keeps us anticipating if she's ever going to crack a smile and get out of rolling in that deep...time and 25's tracklist will tell...
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