Up until now, the hardest part of being an Adele fan is how long she makes you wait for new music.
But, finally, the pop superstar is making it easy on us.
Six excruciatingly long years after we last had new tunes from the 15-time Grammy winner, Adele had mercy on her legions of fans by releasing her new single. In fact, as a welcome surprise, the song dropped on Thursday night, a few hours ahead of its originally scheduled release at midnight on Friday.
The piano ballad — did you really expect her to come back with a headbanging rocker? — fits in nicely with “Someone Like You,” “Hello” and other slow, sad-eyed songs that have been Adele’s bread and butter.
But the lyrics reveal a woman who is now a divorced, single mother who has earned more of life’s bruises that have had us rolling in the deep with her since she first arrived on the scene with “Chasing Pavements” in 2008
The video for the hotly anticipated track was simultaneously dropped with the single. Starting off in black-and-white, with a cheeky reference to her “Hello” clip — there’s more phone service trouble, to which Adele responds, “Well, here we go again” — it eventually gives way to color as we give way to all the feels we’ve been missing in Adele’s absence.