Welcome to Musical Appreciation. I don’t really know what to say about Adele at this point that hasn’t been said. I’ve already sung my praises about her along with a lot of other people. She’s an exceptional singer and one of the most important artists of the current decade. When club shit was dying out in 2011, she provided an alternative that had actual substance with 21, one of the best pop albums of the past five years and a masterpiece. Today, we’ll be talking about one of the singles off that album. This is Someone Like You.
This is a beautiful song. No, that’s not good enough. I would use every single synonym in the dictionary for beautiful. It sounds amazing and the instrumentation proves it. Nothing but piano. Simple, but effective. It’s minimalism done right (are you taking notes, DJ Mustard?). Someone Like You is one of those songs that, along with almost every Adele song, damn near everyone covered, but few to none are able to recreate the raw emotional power that Adele provides, which is a special kind of power that makes her stand out.
Speaking of power, let’s talk Adele herself. Her best trait as an artist is her voice and this is probably her best vocal performance to date. Every note she hits is just perfect, especially in the chorus. I get goosebumps every time. And of course, some good writing makes the song better. It is a song about an ex-boyfriend, but the framing makes it work. Even though they’re not together, Adele still has feelings about him, but he’s moved on and is happy with his life and she comes to terms with it. There is a feeling of sadness, but never any feelings of anger or bitterness, it’s adults being adults. That’s something I can respect.
Like I said in the preamble, there’s no way to praise Adele further without repeating what’s been said. With the success and acclaim she’s received, there’s, of course, a backlash from people who don’t think Adele is that great. While I can understand if they’re not a fan and there have been artists who have been overhyped and overpraised for stuff that are okay at best…
… Adele is one of those cases where all the praise is well-deserved and the success is just icing on the cake. I enjoy her albums (though I enjoyed 21 more than the other three) and her songs and they’ll get constant repeats from me. Good job, girl.
So that was Musical Appreciation. Next time, we’ll talk about Waterfalls.
SONGS OF THE WEEK
Rolling In The Deep-Adele
My Boo-Usher & Alicia Keys
Begin Again-Purity Ring