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.