Hey, did you hear? Adele has a new song. Some of us love it
(more on that later). Some of us...do not. Perhaps we're forever scarred by SNL's infamous "Someone Like You" sketch.
When Adele introduced 21
to the world she did so with a single that was so enticing; the percussive heartbeat pulsed urgency into the thumping piano. The production had some rawness to it and a chorus of gospel-tinged backups punctuated the vocal mix. It all served to accentuate Adele's powerful pipes... such an explosive introduction (or re-introduction if you vibed on 19
) to a pop star everyone knew would be collecting an armload of Grammy's by the end of the year.
And yes, "Someone Like You" was tacked on to the end of the album, and people wept and cried and felt things they were not sure it was OK to be feeling. And then that freakin' sketch came out...
And that's all some of us hear and see on "Hello". A pandering, sappy, overly-dramatic, super desperate pull on the listener's emotions. It's "Take Me to Church" without any of the sex or the soul...or, I dunno, the hook? And yes, you should expect to be hearing the same sort of cheese ball, club-mix Top 40 gave "Take Me To Church" on your ride home from work today. It's Adele doing a caricature of an Adele song. Pass the ice cream.