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Thankful Thursday: Adele

November 12, 2015

Unless you've been living under a rock this past week, I'm sure you're well aware that Adele is set to release her third and highly anticipated album, 25, on November 20th. As much as I would love to rant about my excitement concerning the new album, we first have to start at the beginning. Adele's first album, 19, was the album that initially drew me in and made me fan of her music. Released in 2008, it didn't receive that much attention in the US, but in the UK the album did very well. It's interesting now to listen to an Adele that was only nineteen years old and seeing how her style and voice have changed throughout the years. 19  is an amazing debut album, having songs that range from ballads to upbeat and almost pop infused songs. [embed]http://[/embed] One of the best songs on the album, "Best For Last", showcases not only Adele's incredible vocal ability, but also the style that makes her music just so unique from other artists. The best thing about this song is how simple it is, contrary to it's subject. Simply utilizing a guitar, piano, and her voice, Adele manages to paint a narrative focusing on what it feels like when you've essentially caught the feels. The first lines, "Wait, do you see my heart on my sleeve?/ It's been there for days on end/ And it's been waitin' for you to open up" already indicate that Adele has fallen for the dude, whatever their relationship might be. But the chorus of the song leads to a contradiction, "You should know that you're just a temporary fix/ This is not rooted with you, it don't mean that much to me/ You're just a filler in the space that happened to be free/ How dare you think you'd get away with tryin' to play me", and here is where we realize that Adele is stuck in an interesting situation. This song has always stuck with me because it somehow captures the mix of emotions a person feels when they realize they might actually like a certain someone more than they thought they initially did. The first strums of the guitar and almost slow pace during the parts in which Adele sings about how much she just wants to be loved in return are an interesting juxtaposition to the fast pace she takes up during the chorus. Overall, this song is a perfect representation of what 19 consists of. Not yet an adult, but not really a teenager, 19 holds that balance between naivety and the maturity of someone who's just about to hit their twenty's. If there's one person who can capture those emotions and put them into words, it's Adele, and she definitely succeeded.

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