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Ballad lovers and heartbreak anthem enthusiasts rejoice. Adele has made her highly anticipated return to the music world almost six years after the release of “Hello” and her third album “25.” The singer released her new single, “Easy On Me,” as well as its accompanying Oct. 14 music video. She also announced, via Instagram and Twitter, that her fourth album “30” will be available Nov. 19.

Since the release of “25” on Nov. 23, 2015, Adele has gone through a lot personally. In 2019, she divorced husband Simon Konecki, with whom she has a 9-year-old son named Angelo. In an interview with Vogue, she mentioned “30” is more than the divorce album everyone is expecting from her. It’s about her separation, but also coming to terms with herself after realizing she may actually be the problem.

“Easy On Me” is very much a divorce ballad. However, it shows us her immense growth as an artist by giving listeners a glimpse into her life. It begins as every Adele ballad must, in some aspect: With piano accompaniment. Her familiar alto vocals cut through seconds later, and they envelop listeners in her warmth. 

The lyrics delve into her feelings regarding the state of a failing relationship. Throughout the song, she pleads with her partner to go easy on her and to understand where she is coming from, as well saying why she is the way she is. 

“There ain’t no room for things to change / When we are both so deeply stuck in our ways / You can’t deny how hard I have tried / I changed who I was to put you both first / But now I give up,” Adele sings, on the song’s second verse.

Those lyrics stung most because, more often than not, people change themselves in order to please others, whether a significant other, family member or friend group.

The coinciding video gave the song even more depth. It started in black- and-white, before switching to color at the halfway point, and showed her driving away from a house after packing all her things. According to eagle-eyed fans on social media, the house shown in the video is the same one seen in the video for “Hello.” However, she’s leaving it behind for good this time around.

When I first found out Adele was releasing new music, I was ecstatic. She is one of my all-time favorite artists and is the one of the reasons I love music so much. Upon hearing “Easy On Me” for the first time, I knew it was going to be a song I listened to on repeat until the release of “30.” As I took in every lyric, it was of those rare songs I could feel in my bones. Based on this release alone, I already know “30” is going to be an album that hits home for a lot of people, myself included.


Rating: 10/10

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