Adele Reveals Details of Her New Album in Emotional Open Letter
If there's one thing we've come to expect from Adele, it's an overflow of emotion. That's part of what made her 2011 album, 21, such a record-breaking hit. So it should come as no surprise that the British singer would choose to announce details of her upcoming album by opening up her heart and letting her trademark sensitivity spill out. In an open letter posted to Facebook, Adele shared the inspiration behind her mysterious upcoming album, 25.
Until now, all we knew about the album was the name and — per this ambiguous promo over the weekend — that it was maybe coming soon. First, the 27-year-old artist explains the significance of, once again, naming her album after a particular age.
"Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties," she wrote. "Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk. I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back."
And while many of us can relate to a lot of those mid-20s feeling, it may be worth remembering that when Adele was 25 she released a Bond theme and won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for best original song. Most of us were still trying to figure out a way to move out of our parents’ house. Adele’s astronomical success is a reason we maybe shouldn’t expect 25 to match 21 too closely in theme. Adele is careful to temper those expectations, too, writing:
"My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done."
Then again, even if the new album isn’t about romantic heartache, there’s still every indication that it will be full of Adele’s self-reflective sorrow. In the snippet we all presume is from a new song off 25, she croons, “They say that time’s supposed to heal ya / but I ain’t done much healing.” So despite all the joys that have crowded in Adele’s life since 21 — including awards, worldwide fame, and a baby boy — we can still look to her as the reigning queen of heartache.
In reference to those joy-bringing life events, Adele closed her letter with an apology for the long gap between two albums. "I'm sorry it took so long," she wrote. "But you know, life happened." You can read the whole letter below and count the days until you can play 25 on a tear-soaked loop. Rumor has it, you only have to wait until next month.
— Adele (@Adele) October 21, 2015
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