SAVING THE WORLD WITH A PHONE CALL: A Review of Adele’s Song HELLO by Andrew Aondosoo Labe

Released on 23 October 2015 as the lead single from her third studio album, 25, ‘Hello’ brings more than just music to our ears. Hello is an epic piano ballad that has successfully defined a new sound of soul – the Adele sound. Adele does justice to her new sound by creatively magnifying human vulnerability in a definitive, simple and soulful tone.

The song starts with the singer engaging in a somber, nostalgic apology for breaking a lover’s heart. She sings: “Hello, it’s me/I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet/To go over everything/They say that time’s supposed to heal ya/But I ain’t done much healing/Hello, can you hear me/I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be/When we were younger and free/I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet.” These words roll into fine pearls and brighten up in a melodramatic tone that choruses in tearful regret.

Accompanied by a record-breaking video shot in sepia and directed by Xavier Dolan, released on 22 October 2015, the singer relates time past with a never-ending present. This alone is a message that the realities of life are transitory and the poetry of human existence is written on different pages. Adele reminds us that apologizing for lost loves doesn’t stop the hands of time, and we have little or no control over life itself.

Written by Adele and her producer Gregory Kurstin, ‘Hello’ is overly instinctive and covertly seductive, as Adele brings a rare sound to the din – reemphasizing a matured sound that was nurtured in her previous album, 21; coloured with a trademark resonance of lush, lilting melody inspiring a hypnotic soundscape that erupts and calms in every verse.

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE is an English singer and songwriter, born on May 5th, 1988 in Tottenham, London. The multiple award-winning, bestselling, and record-setting singer-songwriter has cited the Spice Girls as a major influence in regard to her love and passion for music. She also credits her alma mater British Record Industry Trust (BRIT) School for Performing Arts and Technology in the London Borough of Croydon, with nurturing her talent. Her latest album, 25, released on Friday, November 20th, 2015 now sits at number 1 on music charts in every country in the world except Kyrgyzstan, Niger, Anguilla, and Burkina Faso; and also topping iTunes charts in 110 out of the possible 119 available countries.

The world has heard soul-inspiring ballads but in Hello, Adele brings a new sound that pierces and heals – Adele has saved us all.

 

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© 2015/ANDREW AONDOSOO LABE| Twitter @andylabe2586

Adele, saving the world with a brand new sound.

Adele, saving the world with a brand new sound.

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