Hello from the other side

Hello, and welcome back Adele.

After a three-year hiatus from the industry the U.K. singing sensation came back stronger than ever with her new single “Hello” and an album titled “25” set to come out on Nov. 20.

In 2012 Adele announced at the Grammy’s that she would be taking a five-year break from singing and songwriting in order to focus on her personal life, and I do not think anyone is mad that she decided to return to the music scene two years early, except maybe her competition.

I will admit, I am a die-hard Adele fan and would probably think that her rendition of the ABCs was the greatest thing since The Beatles, but her new single will move anyone that has ever felt any emotion to tears, not unlike her previous work.

The heartfelt, soulful new album is about the singer reconnecting with herself.  The star posted a note to her fans on Twitter after the song’s release that explained what her new album will showcase.

“My last record [21] was a breakup record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record,” Adele wrote.  “I’m making up with myself.  Making up for lost time.  Making up for everything I ever did and never did… 25 is getting to know who I’ve become without realizing.  And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”

While at first listen “Hello” could easily be about another boy, another breakup, but the song is reportedly about the singer’s relationship with her estranged father and reuniting with him.  With that in mind, take another listen and if that does not make you well up, I am not sure what will.

The video is no disappointment either.  Currently the “Hello” music video holds the record for most views on Vevo after surpassing Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”  The video currently has 131 million views and counting.  According to E!, it took Cyrus six days to get 100 million views while it took Adele only five to reach the milestone, a testament to her fan’s excitement for her return.

In another interview with SiriusXM Adele said that her writing process was a slow one until she found her stride with “Hello.”  She said that she was initially skeptical about releasing the single with the opening line “Hello, it’s me.”  But, after much thought she said it made sense that, that was the line she returned with from her break.

While much of Adele’s music is applicable to her personal life experiences, her music is incredibly relatable.  Her smooth and powerful vocal range make her songs an easy listen and her artistic vision is unrivaled by almost all female artists of our time.  She is definitely a triple threat in the music industry.    

If I had to name the greatest musicians of all time, Adele would be one of them.  “Hello” is a prime example of her ability to portray emotion and feeling in all of her music.  Her new single did her justice and made her return to music a memorable one.  I have no doubt that her album in late November will not fall short of spectacular.

We missed you for those three years Adele, but if this is the material you are going to keep giving your fans, we are glad you took that break, and man, are we glad you are back.