With the exception of the theme to the James Bond flick Skyfall, the planet has been suffering a dearth of Adele for the past five years.For nearly half a decade, the lovelorn, the newly dumped and those who can’t let go have had to console themselves by repeatedly listening to 19 and 21. The release of 25 offers up a solution, an entire album’s worth of sob-worthy ballads, and therein lies the problem.
When 21 burst on the scene, the whole world fell in love with the big-voiced Brit, who took us along with her on a trip through an affair with a faithless bastard and its inevitably painful aftermath. “Someone Like You” became the anthem of the broken-hearted, while more uptempo, hard-driving tunes like “Rumour Has It” and “Rolling In The Deep” offered a dose of righteous anger and a glimmer of hope. That hope is nowhere evident on 25, a collection of painful paeans to impossible love.And the two songs that offer a reprieve from the endless ballads are simply weird.There’s a calypso-reggae thing happening on “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” and an odd Kate Bush-like vocal that impedes 25’ s closer, “Sweetest Devotion.”
On the day of its release, 25 was downloaded by 900,000 iTunes users.Sales are predicted to exceed the 21 million copies that 21 sold.This will likely be the case because, like artistically safe albums, breakups happen.So grab a box of Kleenex and be prepared not to be surprised.