Adele doesn’t care about your feelings

By Managing Editor

Almost five years have passed since Adele dominated the music scene with her diamond masterpiece 21—just enough time for the millions of people who bought the album to recover from the heartbreak and trauma its vengeful lyrics and heart-wrenching ballads caused. But Adele isn’t letting us go that easily….

The British songstress debuted her upcoming album, 25’s, lead single, “Hello,” Oct. 22, and if the song and its accompanying video provide any indication of the emotions the rest of the album will convey, fans should preemptively schedule appointments with their therapists to prepare for its upcoming release.

“Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet to go over everything,” she sings over a thumping piano. “They say that time’s supposed to heal ya, but I ain’t done much healing.”

The piano builds slowly as Adele calls out to a former lover in the song’s verses before exploding into a powerful chorus in which she belts out her feelings of regret and longing over a pulsing drum beat.

The entirely black-and-white video for “Hello” is just as melancholy, featuring a lonesome Adele reminiscing the ups and downs of the failed relationship as she attempts (and fails) to reconnect with her once-lover.

The song’s lyrics and video’s theme find power in their relatability, as is the case with most of Adele’s music. The track will resonate with anyone who has ever loved and lost, and Adele perfectly captures the feelings of someone still seeking closure over a failed relationship.

The track is emotional and heartfelt, but that’s nothing new from Adele, who has a history of tugging at listeners’ heartstrings with her Grammy-winning breakup ballads.

Adele also shared the tracklisting of 25 on Oct. 21. With song titles like “I Miss You,” “When We Were Young,” “Love In The Dark” and “All I Ask” that all seem to be written for an ex, it seems things won’t get any less depressing from here on out.

“My last record was a breakup record, and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record,” Adele said in an Oct. 21 open letter shared on her Twitter page.

It’s clear that Adele doesn’t care about our hurt feelings—in fact she is enabling them. With 25, Adele is resurfacing feelings of heartbreak and encouraging listeners to relive the memories of a failed relationship, digging up feelings of loneliness and longing that were put to rest when 21’s world domination subsided.

Slated for a Nov. 20 release, 25 is coming whether listeners are ready for it or not, so the best thing to do is embrace the album and the emotional turmoil it may bring. And with about a month until its release, listeners are left with just enough time to rekindle an old flame with an unavailable ex to fully embrace the heartbreak fans might experience when listening to the album.