The wait for another ballad that causes massive amounts of tears and diet breaking ice cream cravings is finally over; Adele is back. After her six year hiatus from the music industry, via Instagram she announced that “30” is set to release on November 19th. Fans weren’t given a reason to anticipate a new single let alone an album, but with the announcement buzzing around the media, her fan base, the “daydreamers,” now find themselves counting down the days till November 19th.
Speculation has been building around her potential return when the number “30” literally lit up the world on October 1st. “30” was projected onto international monuments such as the Louvre in Paris, the Empire State Building in New York, and the Colosseum in Rome. Fans took to the internet to connect the dots to Adele’s fourth album which would follow the suit of the age-defining titles of her previous albums, “19”, “21”, and “25”. The increased activity on her social media and website added onto the theory causing excitement to brew before the official announcement was even made.
The queen of ballads understood the assignment because not only did she announce an album but on October 15th she released its first single “Easy on Me.” Her official return broke the Spotify record for most streams in one day. Can you imagine the anticipation for the album? The track remains true to the beautifully dreadful and intense Adele that the world knows and loves. She tugs on heartstrings with her aching plea to go easy on her in the wake of her divorce. With this sneak peek into what is to come from her album in November, we begin to wonder if we should start getting our tissues ready now?
Lucky for fans, Adele sat down with Vogue and gave all the details about what’s to come. She explained that this album is not a divorce album, it’s about her struggle to find herself and her happiness. The assumption that this would be a divorce album comes from her divorce from Simon Konecki, father of her 9 year old son, Angelo, in 2019. Her son’s confusion over the separation of his parents is what pushed Adele into the studio. Finding it hard to answer his questions, Adele took to music to explain everything to him in hopes that he can listen to it when he is older. In “Easy on Me” she begs her son for forgiveness for the separation and gives her reasoning for it, her happiness.
Compared to hits like “Hello,” “Rolling In The Deep,” and “Rumor Has It,” this concept of writing to her son contrasts the heartbroken melodies fans and critics might typically expect from Adele. Rather than singing about the hurt and pain that people have caused her, she now writes intensely personal ballads about herself. She reflects on the importance and meaning of this album when she says, “I want to share myself with everyone, but I don’t think I’ll ever let this [album] go” (Aguirre). Expect tearjerkers because she said it includes sentimental moments from her personal life, such as recorded conversations with her son and a voicemail left for a friend. As described in the Vogue story, the album appears to be “mapping progression”, leading us to believe that we need to hold on tight while we ride the roller coaster of emotions people will experience while listening to the album.
Unsure of whether Adele would ever return to music fans consider this announcement a blessing. Always struggling with the intensity of fame, she has considered withdrawing from music altogether. Worried that this album will launch her too close to the spotlight again, she tells Vogue that she didn’t include any singles that could be compared to her record breaking “Hello.” Instead, Adele used her music to navigate her personal struggle over the past year and is going to share this journey with us.
As prepared as we can be for this album, all we can do now is patiently (or impatiently) wait for its release this November. Grab your tissues and keep them close by for when you can finally embark on the emotional journey that Adele’s fourth album “30” is predicted to be.