Analysis: Adele is having a moment. Count us in for the heartbreak — and renewal
The British singer is back with a new album, a new love and a new attitude.
It all looks good on her, so this week’s Pop Life Chronicles is all about Adele to make her feel our love.
The sumptuous location, Adele in that couture gown and, oh, the music.
You can watch (or rewatch) it all happen on Paramount+, where it’s currently streaming.
No, Adele didn’t act in this one, but she sang the theme song for the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise.
So come for the car chases, high-tech gadgets and Daniel Craig’s suave demeanor, but stay for the music that earned Adele an Academy Award for best original song in 2013.
Adele’s Album of the Year win at the 59th Grammys
It’s not a streaming movie or TV show, but I had to include one of the greatest Grammy speech moments ever.
Adele took to the Grammys stage in 2017 to accept the award for album of the year for “25,” talked about her life, praised her son and husband at the time, then tearfully said she couldn’t possibly accept because the album of her life was Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” which had also been nominated.
“It was so monumental, Beyoncé,” Adele said to her fellow nominee, who was seated in the front row.
The camera went to a pregnant, tearful Bey in the audience, mouthing her love for Adele. They were crying and we were, too, at how wonderful it was to see two queens supporting each other.
Two things to listen to
Adele’s fourth studio album felt a long time coming since her last one was released in 2015.
I feel like any album with a single titled “I Drink Wine” can’t help but win.
It’s out now.
For a bit of nostalgia, go back and listen to her “21” album from 2011.
With hits like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele defied the sophomore jinx, which often finds successful artists unable to do well with their second album.
Not only did she gain critical acclaim, she could barely hold all the Grammys she won the following year.
One thing to talk about
Instead, she seems more confident and willing to let fans in on her life and thoughts.
“It’s just timing,” she said. “But it’d be interesting to see what my reaction is like in general to anything that hurts me now that I feel so secure in myself, and I’m talking outside of romance as well.”
Something to sip on
For years, Adele would disappear from the scene and only come back when she had new music to drop.
It was a risky strategy in a time when fans have come to expect celebrity visibility on social media and everywhere else.
But the thing is, I don’t think Adele gave a flying, ahem, thought about strategy.
She appeared to simply just be living her life, which enabled her to write the songs that we have come to love.
And even if she chooses to drop off the scene again — remember this is a woman who said her last tour might be her final tour — she owes us absolutely nothing because artistically she has already given us so much.