Adele releases 30: Reviews, reactions and revelations from the singer’s new album

‘Right then, I’m ready,’ singer says on the opening track

Roisin O'Connor
Friday 19 November 2021 13:29
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Adele has released her longawaited, eagerly anticipated album 30.

Fans all around the world are reacting to the British artist’s fourth record, which includes her hit single “Easy on Me”.

Reviews for the album went live earlier this week, with critics praising the “immediacy” to her lyrics, along with her vocal prowess.

“Earlier songs spoke in platitudes and broad strokes,” The Independent’s Annabel Nugent observed.

“They projected human emotions onto the natural world – a shallow valley, a shelter in the rain, the river running nearby where she grew up. But the singer of 30 is more literal. Adele unmediated. Adele unfiltered. Adele opening her Notes app at 3am mid-anxiety attack and jotting down whatever comes to mind.”

In a recent interview, Adele responded to fans who said the new music was “too similar” to her previous work, questioning: “Why would I shake up my sound?”

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I’m going to wrap up the blog now and spend the rest of the day enjoying the album, as hopefully many of Adele’s fans will be to! Thanks for following.

Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 13:29

To anyone questioning whether Adele just does ‘the same thing over and over’, this fan has something to say:

Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 12:48


Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 12:36

Adele has finally released her new album 30 , and fans are celebrating with a bottle of wine and a good cry.

The album comes six years after the 33-year-old singer’s last album 25. Critics are calling the record a “gripping act of big budget vulnerability.”

Following the release of 30, fans are calling it Adele’s “best yet” and fiercely debating the ranking of their favourite songs on it.

However, one user tweeted, simply: “Adele has hacked this music thing.”

Another user confessed: “I gotta admit, I thought it was gonna be more of the same Adele, but it really does feel soo fresh and evolved and powerful.”

“Adele never misses,” one announced triumphantly.

Several users confirmed that their weekend plans now involved listening to 30 on repeat, while drinking copious amounts of wine and crying through a box of Kleenex.

How fans are reacting to Adele’s new album, 30

‘I’m not ready for it to end,’ one user tweeted

Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 12:18

In case you missed it, here’s The Independent’s review of 30.

Adele, our patron saint of heartbreak, licks her wounds on divorce album 30 – review

Across a more diverse fourth record, the returning singer braids in glimmering moments of self-affirmation amid the typical tirades against herself

Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 11:58

Adele doesn’t like to be rushed. She’s been sharp in response to fans nagging her about when she was returning with new music. “Of course not,” she said to one such fan last year. “Corona ain’t over. I’m quarantining. Wear a mask and be patient.”

But patience is not a virtue most contemporary music fans are familiar with. Thanks to social media, we live in a state of perpetual “content”, one in which the traditional “album” format has lost much of its relevance. Even Taylor Swift, an artist formerly renowned for her complex and drawn-out campaigns, dropped three records in less than a year with relatively little warning. There was Folklore, a finely woven collection of piano-based songs composed with Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner. Then came the autumn-themed Evermore, and, in April this year, a re-recorded version of her country pop album, Fearless. In doing so, she seemed to rebel against the prevalence of the artistic “era” – the way a new music project must be accompanied with a new look, a new sound, the prerequisite to catching the attention of an increasingly distracted audience.

Read my piece on why Adele will always be unique here.

Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 11:38

Reviewers across the media have shared their verdicts for 30, the latest album by Adele – and it’s good news for the “Hello” singer-songwriter.

The album, which is Adele’s first in six years, has been heralded as the singer’s best work by several outlets, with many praising the songwriting craft and musicianship.

In a four-star review from The Independent, Annabel Nugent wrote: “Lyrically, 30 is candid. Adele has always been forthright – every bad feeling you’ve felt, she has confessed to feeling too – but there is a new immediacy here.

“Earlier songs spoke in platitudes and broad strokes. They projected human emotions onto the natural world – a shallow valley, a shelter in the rain, the river running nearby where she grew up. But the singer of 30 is more literal. Adele unmediated. Adele unfiltered. Adele opening her Notes app at 3am mid-anxiety attack and jotting down whatever comes to mind.”

Read more reviews here.

What the critics are saying about Adele’s new album

Record is the singer-songwriter’s first in six years

Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 10:47

Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 10:38

Adele shared a particularly candid moment of vulnerability in a track on her new album, 30.

The British artist released her first record in six years today (19 November), and is currently receiving praise from fans and critics around the world.

One of the songs is attracting attention because it shares a deeply personal insight into the aftermath of Adele’s divorce from her husband, Simon Konecki.

“My Little Love” intersperses voicenotes – recorded at the suggestion of her therapist – where Adele attempts to explain what’s happening in her life to her son, Angelo.

Towards the end of the track, she is heard crying as she admits she’s struggling with loneliness. It appears this was recorded either when Adele was alone or during a session with her therapist.

Full story here.

Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 10:24

Strong praise

Roisin O'Connor19 November 2021 10:04

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