I missed this when it released last week, and after blowing up in iTunes, I've decided to review the single. And for most Adele fans, like me, did it live up to the expectations that we've hoped?
The Pop Umbrella
My review for Focus probably went unnoticed, but if you're still here, fret not - here is the link. While the issues remain similar in vein to Grande’s previous releases, I think it's time the over-saturation of pop / EDM started to take a hiatus. And for better, of course.
When Adele's Rolling In The Deep emerged as a front-runner for Song of the Year at the Grammy’s, it's hard to see how and why Adele has such a humongous following since her debut back in 2008 with 19. Since then not only has she grown in popularity but more people have started to see the possibilities of pop being an umbrella statement that can share details with other genres. Or credit to Kesha for the insane amount of EDM and House references on her tracks as well.
Either way, it's been long awaited for Adele fans to finally get a taste of new music since her last major release if I recall correctly, was Skyfall released back in 2012 for the Bond movie. Sam Smith has since taken the reigns and while most have compared the two, I never saw Smith as competition especially when the albums they've put out have come into consideration.
It's really hard to top the rampant desire of Rolling In The Deep and the somber lurch of Someone Like You, both of which are singles from 21, Adele's previous release. Unlike Smith, she had emerged as a powerhouse soul and pop singer that fully graced the energy while her male counter-part never really got going with his album last year. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad album, but it's not anything special apart from Stay With Me which has Smith backed up by gang vocals to revere in the rapturous chorus. Still, he has managed to gain reputation with a record to another new Bond movie and that song unfortunately, I never really got around to listening to it. I will though.
Hello From The Other Side
Adele's powerhouse vocals and the right choice of instruments where it allowed her the spotlight to grow and shine (take a listen Ariana), and gave her voice the freedom and nuance to express that range. It was impeccable when she got her big break, and the rest is history. Most of us can go on and on about why Adele is not just one of the best soul pop singers of the past few years, but quite possibly a revolutionary one at that.
It seemed like Adele picked up where she left off with her new single and it has all the instruments of her previous singles like Someone Like You while still belting the chorus “Hello from the other side”, which almost exemplifies why we all loved Adele so much. In an already over-saturated genre, it was warm to listen to real instruments again.
The piano provided smooth calming as Adele roars into life during the chorus, while at the same time the instruments never outgrew her. It simply let Adele do the heavy-lifting, of which she does with such aplomb and effect. The lyrics of trying to say sorry to a loved one from far away, telling them that they've done wrong and are trying to make it up after time has healed but has already moved on.
What really catches the majority of the attention and what makes it so excellently is that the song felt natural for Adele. With what she sang on Set Fire To The Rain and so on, it felt like she wasn't forcing it, making the emotions organic and not plucked from thin air. It also makes the song strong and overwhelming after repeated listens when the chorus sinks in.
Hello is a great song to spearhead her new album which I for one, have been waiting too long. Welcome back, Adele. We've truly missed your voice.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.