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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the British singer-songwriter features songs co-written with such artists as Brian Burton, Samuel Dixon, Paul Epworth, Tobias Jesso Jr., Greg Kurstin, Bruno Mars, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster, and Ryan Tedder.
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Hello
Hello, it's me I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet To go over everything They say that time's supposed to heal ya But I ain't... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Nov 25, 2015
    100
    Whether she's holding notes with the strength of a suspension bridge or enjoying a rare lighthearted "whoo-hoo!" on "Sweetest Devotion," her incredible phrasing – the way she can infuse any line with nuance and power – is more proof that she's among the greatest interpreters of romantic lyrics.
  2. Nov 19, 2015
    90
    Through 11 effortlessly sophisticated and deeply-layered torch songs, Adele's powerful vocals glide between thunderous roars and rib-cracking falsettos over large dramatic piano swells to fuzzy, warm lower-register rumblings. Ballads are bold and demanding.
  3. Nov 20, 2015
    80
    Even as she's suffering the romantic disadvantage, Adele infuses the songs of 25 with a love-drunk cockiness, tossing wine by a loose wrist as she reconsiders these departed men.
  4. Nov 18, 2015
    70
    25 manages to sound all of a piece, even as the songs veer from phenomenal to tepid. In places, everything comes together.
  5. Dec 1, 2015
    70
    Make no mistake, all 11 songs are of a piece -- they're shaded by melancholy, gaining most of their power through performance -- but that cohesive sound only accentuates how Adele has definitively claimed this arena of dignified heartbreak as her own.
  6. Nov 23, 2015
    60
    25 is very much Adele playing safe.
  7. Dec 1, 2015
    40
    Adele’s repetition is anchored further by some of the least dynamic work of her career. There’s nothing here to rival the playful malice of ‘Rumour Has It’ or the instant hit of ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

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  1. Negative: 27 out of 214
  1. Feb 5, 2021
    10
    25 by Adele: 9.12

    Hello: 1 :) Send My Love (To Your New Lover): 1 :) I Miss You: 1 :) When We Were Young: 1 :) Remedy: 1 Water Under
    25 by Adele: 9.12

    Hello: 1 :)
    Send My Love (To Your New Lover): 1 :)
    I Miss You: 1 :)
    When We Were Young: 1 :)
    Remedy: 1
    Water Under the Bridge: 1 :)
    River Lea: 0.75
    Love In The Dark: 1!
    Million Years Ago: 1
    All I Ask: 0.75
    Sweetest Devotion: 1 :)

    10.5/11 ~ .955 -> 9.12

    For the longest while, I have wanted to listen to 25 because I loved 21 so much, as it had lyric quality across the board in a way that I had never heard before. As a result, it earned the highest score that I have ever given an album. It was certainly a very hard act to follow, yet somehow 25 is just as good, if not better, in some ways. I enjoyed the actual music a lot more in this album over its predecessor, as Adele expands her music to primarily piano-based to more poppy things while still staying true to her roots, and I thought this new sound worked extremely well. Plus, the lyrics are on par with her previous outing. Love In The Dark especially had unbelievable lyrics. I’m still kind of blown away by this as a whole. It joins the seven other albums (out of over 130) to earn a score of a ten and this rank is well earned. The work begins with Hello, and I greatly appreciated all of the lyrics, but especially the opening line. I enjoyed the piano and I thought it was brilliant how it got progressively bigger. The background vocals were also a nice touch. Send My Love’s cue-in was a wonderful way to start the song, and it was great to hear Adele start off the song with guitar, as she usually does with piano. As a result, this sounded new and different and I liked the beat it created. Powerful lyrics added to the song’s quality. I Miss You was another great song. The use of organ was new, as was the brilliant use of toms. The lyrics were grappling and the organ solo within the breaks was great. The song sounded different from her other stuff, which was wonderful. The song was almost 6 minutes in length, but somehow it didn’t feel like that. As I listened to the song, I realized that this was going to be another very high-quality album. The bass was legitimately awesome in When We Were Young and its lyrics were powerful, overflowing with emotion. The subtle introduction of the titular line was great and I dug the cool chord near end of the chorus. The introduction of drums and the stripped final chorus were highlights. Remedy’s piano opening was great (and later the piano solo and drop-outs!), and I love the song’s uplifting message. I loved the way Water Under The Bridge sounded, and, paired with captivating lyrics, this song worked extremely well. The background vocals were awesome and the e-guitars were wonderful. The clap track in the bridge was pretty cool too. The background vocals and organ made a great team in the opener of River Lea, though the fuller, developed part of song was great. The song made me want to know more about the river’s story. The lyrics were a bit repetitive, though I liked the loud bass and background vocals-only ending. Love In The Dark was perhaps the most powerful song on the album. The strings and piano were probably the best choice for the song musically. The lyrics were extremely well done with lots of emotion and power evident. The pizzicato strings were a good addition. I honestly don’t know how Adele can write lyrics that are this powerful. The strings solo was another musical highlight. The guitar was great in Million Years Ago and theunique chord progressions were cool. The panned humming and guitar were great additions. The lyrics were really good and powerful in this song as well. The piano in All I Ask was pretty nice, a bit refreshing to have a simpler song musically. The lyrics were sung emotionally, which was a plus. I loved the use of lower notes on the piano during the bridge and the key change was outstanding. Sweetest Devotion was a great choice to end the album on. The child voice intro/ending was cool, and I just really liked the way the intro was put together. The loud bass was great and I loved the way the music sounded when everything was full. The song’s upbeatness and riffing e-guitar is epic, and it was kinda fun how the bass drops out at times, covered by the low piano. Overall, I was exceedingly pleased by Adele’s final album, 25. The music was surprisingly upbeat and poppy by her previous standards, and the lyric writing was top-notch. I simply do not understand how she can think of lyrics that are this powerful. 25 is one of the best albums I have ever listened to and I highly recommend it to all lovers of really good music. Adele definitely deserves all the acclaim she has received for her work. It is rumored right now that she is working on a next album that she will drop soon, and since 21 and 25 were two of the best albums I have listened to, I am so excited for it to be released. Highlights: Hello, Send My Love, I Miss You, When We Were Young, Remedy, Water Under The Bridge, Love In The Dark, Million Years Ago, and Sweetest Devotion.
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  2. Nov 20, 2015
    10
    Adele mais uma vez consegue nos surpreender com um albúm impecável repleto de composições maravilhosamente entrosadas com sentimentos,Adele mais uma vez consegue nos surpreender com um albúm impecável repleto de composições maravilhosamente entrosadas com sentimentos, sofisticação e emoção. Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2015
    10
    Some reviewers say it sounds too much like her previous material, but it really doesn't. She's offered up quite of a bit of variation in termsSome reviewers say it sounds too much like her previous material, but it really doesn't. She's offered up quite of a bit of variation in terms of sound and subject material. But as usual, some reviewers are trying to tag it as another break up album with the same subject material, when it's not at all.

    In my opinion, you can't really compare this to 21, because it comes from a much different place and is the perfect ending to her age themed albums. Hello, When We Were Young, Million Years Ago, and All I Ask are future classic potential. And it's very rare to say there are future classics on a modern pop album these days.

    Vocally, she sounds better than ever and she continues to prove why she's in another lane from everyone else. Anyone can make this type of music, but only she can sell it to you this way with her voice.
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  4. Dec 3, 2015
    9
    I really can't understand pouting reviews regarding this album. For all who says it is too balladistic and sentimental or repetitive: pleaseI really can't understand pouting reviews regarding this album. For all who says it is too balladistic and sentimental or repetitive: please go back and keep listening Your mainstream garbage and stop screwing this fantastic music! I can feel only one track "All I Ask" having littlebit weaker composition, but all other songs are very beautiful and immersive. Listening Her albums on vinyl LP I can say sound quality and mixing of 25 are way better than 21 had. Thanks a lot, Adele! Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2015
    8
    The year's most awaited album 25 is finally here. The first listen itself is pretty impressive. The album has been on repeat since I got it,The year's most awaited album 25 is finally here. The first listen itself is pretty impressive. The album has been on repeat since I got it, except for some songs which I skip sometimes. Yes, it is a good album, but it's not timeless. It doesn't live up to the hype. Perhaps the small duration between the launch of the lead single, Hello, and the album, actually overhyped the album, apart from the fact that 21 was such a blockbuster. The opening is going to be massive but eventually that would act as a poison to the otherwise fine album. It would get criticized for not having the material of that high quality.

    The salient feature of this album is it's omnipresent Adele-ness and Bruno Mars sincerity on one song (which is easily the best song). The lyrics aren't as great as they were on 21, some songs (I Miss You, Send My Love, Sweet Devotion) seem a bit strained. However, Love in the Dark and Sweet Devotion are songs which have the capacity to grow on the listeners, as they have the necessary depth.

    But at the end of the day, Adele's vocals (despite minor amounts of audible auto-tune) make even an average, repetitive songs (I Miss You) sound beautiful and that's what her fans chiefly look out for. I, for one, think the album could have been better. It's great, but not perfect.

    The best songs are:

    1. All I Ask
    2. When We Were Young
    3. Hello
    4. A Million Years Ago
    5. Water Under the Bridge.

    Misses:
    1. I Miss You
    2. Remedy
    3. River Lea (too much niche)

    Final rating: 7.5/10

    Necessary comparisons?

    25 Vs 21
    25. I was never a great fan of 21. It's a very sad record. So is this one, but 25 has an edge. I love quite a few songs on 21, nonetheless.

    25 Vs 1989 (Taylor Swift)
    1989. Might sound a little irrelevant comparison to some, but 1989 was the biggest (pop) record of last year and 25 is of this year. Apart from that, the two records share a few co-writers and style. 1989 is a glossy, young age record, but it is near-perfect. It doesn't sound strained or wannabe at any point. It is a wholesome record for it's demography. 25, on the other hand, tries a little hard at multiple points. The competition is neck-to-neck, but 1989 has a small edge.
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  6. Nov 21, 2015
    7
    Adele returns. Yes, 25 is nothing new. It's the same old Adele being confessional and baring her soul. It's not a rebirth in any way, save theAdele returns. Yes, 25 is nothing new. It's the same old Adele being confessional and baring her soul. It's not a rebirth in any way, save the last track Sweetest Devotion about her newborn child. The album could have been about her new role as a mother, the joy. Instead, there is still that tinge of being unable to let go although she wants to. Sometimes, she's bitter. By the time you are halfway through the album and left with the last few tracks before Sweetest Devotion, you will somehow feel mentally exhausted. The best tracks on the album are Send My Love (a surprising collaboration with Max Martin and Shellback), I Miss You, Sweetest Devotion and Love Under The Bridge. Two of the three Target bonus tracks, Why Do You Love Me and Can't Let Go should be on he main album. 25 could have been much more, but it doesn't have to. Why fix it when it ain't broken. The album is not bad by any means, just not great. When Damon Albarn said 25 was very MOR, he was not far from the truth. He was just being honest. Still, watch Adele slay wrists and sales! Expand
  7. Nov 22, 2021
    0
    Очень мощный, в то же время личный альбом, который только возвысил Адель на новый музыкальный олимпОчень мощный, в то же время личный альбом, который только возвысил Адель на новый музыкальный олимп

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