Review: Adele – ‘Hello’

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Adele proves once more that is she is one of the greatest vocalist in our generation.

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‘Hello’ is the breath-taking new comeback single from the powerhouse that is Adele and the lead single from her upcoming album 25. After this three-year hiatus, following the success of Bond theme song ‘Skyfall’ in 2012, this new release further confirms her status as vocally world-class.

Opening with a refined four-chord piano progression, this song immediately embodies an intricately beautiful yet straightforward essence. The production throughout the track remains simple, with the additional use of strings against reverberated drums in the chorus beautifully widening the track.

Adele’s echoed vocals pierce through the space created by this song, sounding both effortless and classic. Her vocal vulnerability encapsulates  the emotional rawness of the lyrics, singing in the chorus: “I must’ve called a thousand times. To tell you I’m sorry, for everything that I’ve done, but when I call you never seem to be home” – which most likely strikes a chord in the hearts of every listener.

Her dynamic range is elegantly showcased throughout the song, matching her soft vocals in each verse with her powerful ballad vocals which carry through the chorus. What’s more, the use of tastefully placed vocal harmonies in the chorus help to build up the melody and drive the song’s message home. Adele is one of few singers who are able to be vocally sincere, connecting with her fans and audience on an emotional level. ‘Hello’ has proven that she is still able to consistently captivate our hearts, and leaves us in high anticipation for the release of 25 on 20th November 2015.

‘Hello’ is out now via XL Recordings

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