25 breaks the charts and your heart

Adele is four years older than she was during the release of “21,” and she is continuing her theme of heartbreak in her new much-anticipated album “25.” This album reminisces Adele’s past relationships with her saying, “I’m sorry I let you go,” rather than the “whatever, don’t need you” lens of her past albums. The view of heartbreak in “25” is also more mature and reflective than angry and upset.

In its first week, “25” smashed Billboard’s record of album sales with an astounding 3.38 million copies sold.

The instruments used throughout the album enforce Adele’s ability to give a very strong emotional impact. Adele’s voice and the instruments are relatively soft through each verse and then they all intensify during the choruses pushing the listener further into their seat with the power of her booming voice and the audible change in how each chord is struck.

“25” opens with “Hello,” the record-breaking single that still sits comfortably at the top of the charts five weeks after its release. “Hello” sets the mood for the rest of the album with the theme of looking back through time and thinking about the relationships that used to be a part of her life with a feeling of loss.

Continuing with “Send My Love,” Adele brings in her signature song theme of trying to move on, and the album continues with the theme of missing someone and feeling the pain of being without the comfort and love that was once abundant. “I Miss You,” “When We Were Young,” “Water Under The Bridge,” “Love In The Dark” all fall under the theme of reminiscing lost love and trying to grow while accepting that is how life just goes.

“River Lea” starts out sounding like a cloudy memory of Adele’s distant past and she uses the name of the river that runs through her home town to say she’s blamed what she’s done on where she’s from.

Adele says in the first verse, “But my heart is a valley, it’s so shallow and man made. I’m scared to death if I let you in that you’ll see I’m just a fake.” Then in the chorus, she says, “But it’s in my roots, it’s in my veins, it’s in my blood and I stain, every heart that I use to heal the pain.”

In “Million Years Ago,” Adele looks back on her time growing up while walking through scenes of flashbacks in her home town. She talks about how her past self and the place she grew up is afraid of what she is now because of all she’s gone through.

Adele says, “When I walk around all of the streets where I grew up and found my feet. They can’t look me in the eye, it’s like they’re scared of me.” And in the chorus, she says that now that she is grown-up, life is much more rough and unforgiving; “Life was a party to be thrown, but that was a million years ago.”

Adele’s “25” is as emotional as her past albums, and maybe even more so with the harsh reality of moving on and accepting adult life in her mid-twenties. “25” is an incredible album that is easy to listen to, and each song has strong emotional impact. Although the songs on “25” may sound similar to her previous work, Adele still doesn’t fail to produce passionate music that pulls the heart strings even in the least emotional person.