ADELE IS BACK WITH A NEW MUSIC VIDEO AND -- BE STILL, OUR HEARTS -- IT'S SHOT COMPLETELY IN SEPIA.
Her new single, “Hello,” maintains the signature vulnerable, heart-crushing songwriting fans missed for over four years, and the video will push you right off your emotional cliff into a sea of tears and snot.
IT HAS EVERYTHING, EVEN FLASHBACKS.
Adele wanders alone around a cabin she once shared with a lover whose heart she broke and, between desperate attempts to get back in touch with him, reminisces about their best and worst moments together.
These flashbacks, of course, are shot from Adele's perspective. We are all Adele. Her heartbreak is our heartbreak.
THE CABIN HAS DUSTY CHAIRS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT.
Adele spends a few moments stripping sheets off the cabin furniture and shaking loose heavy layers of dust. Could this be symbolic in some way?
Is she shaking the dust off her career? In that case, I feel the need to remind viewers it's only been four years.
People are thrilled their girl is back, but there's no need to be melodramatic.
Still, with every sheet the soul singer stripped from the upholstery, the louder I cheered, “SHE'S BACK!!! SHE'S BACK!!!” before tears rolled gently down my cheeks.
BOTH ADELE AND HER LOVE INTEREST HAVE FLIP PHONES… WHAT'S THAT ABOUT?!
Adele also uses a landline (curly cord included) and an address book (with actual paper) to make sorrowful calls to her ex.
It's unclear precisely how the outdated telecommunications devices toy with viewers' emotions, but their usage surely begs the question of when this video takes place. Perhaps 2002? What an emotional year!
THE REST OF THIS ALBUM NEEDS TO DROP ASAP.
The video was directed by Canadian indie master Xavier Dolan and perfectly accompanies the first single off the British singer's upcoming album, 25, due out on November 20.
Needless to say, I'll buy Adele's third full-length album the moment it's released and spend the entirety of the holiday season walking down the streets, headphones blaring, remorsefully stroking strangers' faces.