For the past five years, I have been a closeted Adele fan. It all started in the fall of 2010, when I was perusing through the arts section of the Globe and Mail. At the time, the paper used to publish a weekly list of the top 10 songs, similar to the iTunes and Billboard charts. One weekend, I came across two of Adele’s songs on the list: “Rolling In the Deep” and “Someone Like You”. Intrigued, I decided to give them a listen and was amazed at what I was hearing. It was that moment that changed the way I now view music.
When I first discovered Adele, she had already released two albums, 19, and the critically-acclaimed 21. Back then, I only vaguely recalled listening to two of her older songs, “Chasing Pavements” and “Make You Feel My Love”. I never fathomed that she would become a household name both in Britain, her native country, and around the world.
For me, it was Adele’s voice that won me over. I swear it came from the heavens. The way in which she would pour out her emotion into each performance was such a joy to watch, especially in an age that was being dominated by artists abusing auto-tune. Adele was raw, refreshing, and exactly what the music industry needed: an artist that could tell a story that would captivate millions of people worldwide. Her music was relatable to audiences, and while much of it centred on romantic relationships, Adele approached the subject in a way that was different to the fluffy Taylor Swift break-up songs of the time. She poured her soul into each note and treasured them like a gift. It was no surprise, then, that the awards would soon follow.
Five years and several Grammys later, I’m excited to say that I have officially become a fangirl. After the success of 21, her more recognized album, Adele went on a hiatus. She had a child (without having her pregnancy featured on the cover of People Magazine or US Weekly), underwent throat surgery, recovered and absolutely slayed her subsequent performances. She released “Skyfall”, the theme song for the 2012 James Bond movie, and somehow still had time to work on a new album, titled 25. This month, the music video for her new single, “Hello”, broke Vevo records for the highest number of views in a single day. You can see why everyone and their grandmother worships this woman.
So here’s to another year of love, heartbreak and beautiful music (and, of course, more Grammys). Hello, Adele. It’s good to have you back.