Monday, April 22, 2024

(Watch) Adele Out-Depresses Sam Smith With New Soap Opera of a Single “Hello”


Are things this melodramatic and somber in the UK these days? First Sam Smith released “Writing’s on the Wall,” a listen-to-me once single. Now Adele returns after rolling in the deep for four years with a soap opera of a new ballad that sounds like it could be a commercial for a cell phone company.

Adele has blues, but no rhythm on “Hello,” the lead off single from her new album. It’s a good thing we don’t have to depend on vinyl anymore– you’d have to get up and move the needle to the second track after a couple of minutes. There’s nothing wrong with Adele’s voice. It’s just as rich as ever. But the song–sheesh. Plus Lionel Richie may be thinking he already wrote this.

Here’s hoping the rest of “25” is a little more upbeat.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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