Spinning Twelves: “Easy for me”
Welcome to the third installment of Spinning Twelves, an A&E column where we’ll review and talk about new singles from our favorite artists. We will also take reader suggestions for songs to check and review!
After a six-year hiatus from the music industry, Adele finally returned on October 15 and released “Easy On Me”. The 15 Grammy Award winner has brought her soulful pop sound back into an emotional ballad that starts slow and builds up as it progresses. At the end, Adele proclaims the titular’s plea, reminding the world of the powerful voice that set her apart from the rest of the pop landscape during her career. In many ways, this song doesn’t stray from Adele’s older work. They all have the same combination of nostalgia and sorrow sung on a piano instrument. For many other musical artists, following such a well-marked path would be difficult to sell again and again. Fortunately, the rules don’t apply for a hitmaker like Adele. After spending so much time waiting for his return, “Easy On Me” reminds fans why they love his music so much. Hearing this new song on the radio brings back memories of older albums, but also heralds a new stage in Adele’s life and music.
During this new era, Adele had to reflect the changes in her life while staying true to her trademark sound. “Easy On Me” testifies to this balance because it reflects the old, the new and the change of life at the same time. It’s full of emotion and vulnerability, which are the cornerstones of a hard-hitting Adele song. Her repertoire often evokes devastating ruptures, moments in life that she regrets and the feeling of nostalgia as time continues to flow. Yet Adele reaches a new personal level in “Easy On Me,” as she discusses the decision to leave her marriage: a tough choice even without a young son, 11 years of history, and public criticism. In this song, Adele uses her projector to show her thoughts during this hectic time. âI didn’t have time to choose what I chose to do, so take it easy with me,â she asks, both to her son and to the world at large. She craves compassion from those who might judge or question, and in doing so, she invites the world to witness this painful moment.
“Easy On Me” stays true to Adele’s signature sound, but her voice and lyrics only got stronger. During her absence, she matured and found a way to elegantly instill her new perspective in music that touches people. Adele pulled together so many raw feelings in one song that it’s hard to imagine what might follow, but “Easy On Me” is just the beginning. His highly anticipated new album, “30,” will be released on November 19th. So far, “Easy On Me” is the only indication of what the album will contain, but the lead single has laid a solid foundation. The song is beautiful, moving and is just the start of a new chapter for the artist. The world is watching to see what “30” has in store, and if the breathtaking vocals and heartfelt lyrics of “Easy On Me” are any indication, the old Adele is back and she has more to say. .
Release date: October 15, 2021
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