“The Queen of Grief has returned to earn her crown” – this is the bold statement of the music critic after being among the first to hear Adele’s new album 30.
Before the most anticipated album release in 2021, the first reviews of the British singer’s release of 12 songs claim that fans love everything about the singer and give a heartbreaking picture of her separation.
Adrian Thrills of the Daily Mail says fans should “equip themselves with the help of heartache and guilt, and the order of redemption and healing,” 12 of which he compares to the 2011 hit Someone Like You.
“In interviews, he can be disrespectful. On the record, he plays it straight, his inner turmoil isn’t ridiculous,” he wrote.
“At the heart of it all, of course, is that dazzling, blue-eyed soul voice – emotional without it clotting – and his phrasing is as flawless as ever here.
Rolling Stone, which has given the album five stars, has declared 30 “the best Adele album overall, and Variety also says it’s his best work to date.
Meanwhile, USA Today says it “is not at all the divorce album you could expect.”
My Little Love – the third track on the album – has also been hailed as a highlight as it takes place as a post-divorce conversation between Adele and her son Angelo.
Variety says it’s a song during which the audience “pushes their headphones further to hear more clearly, not to examine the sound, but because the song contains excerpts from exceptionally emotional conversations with their son.”
The longest song on the Loved album lasts a whopping seven minutes, and USA Today has called it his “saddest song ever.”
“While singing on a gentle piano, he’s trying to understand why he feels so unhappy about his relationship and weigh the risks if he decides to leave,” reporter Patrick Ryan wrote.
Adelen is said to bring a Gospel vibe to I Drink Wine, which Thrills says is “more than a raging ode to drunkenness.”
Despite the fact that some consider the album too self-centered, Thrills has declared it “a lot of return” for the singer.
“In a pop success that has already seen the return of Abba and Ed Sheeran, the Queen of Grief has returned to get her crown,” she said.
But the music bible NME offered a subdued reaction to 30 and gave it only three stars.
“While Adele’s music is often full of intense emotional sincerity, there’s an old-fashioned camp here that seems intentional, and its brilliantly trilling tongues are reminiscent of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly,” the journalist El Hunt wrote.