Sound the alarms because Adele is officially back! Her forthcoming fourth studio album ’30’ is slated for a November 19 release, and it’s genuinely the most highly anticipated album since she released ’25’ in 2015. Opening this new chapter with the reflective and honest ballad ‘Easy On Me’, she sets the tone for the introspective look at divorce by immediately hitting you right in the heart.
Soulfully singing over tender piano chords, this melodramatic ballad revels in the minimalism of production, and instead allows her raw emotion to take centre stage. Exploring the lessons she’s learnt over the years she reflects on her childhood, her marriage, the divorce, and becoming a mother and what that means in the midst of everything. “Go easy on me, baby. I was still a child. Didn’t get the chance to feel the world around me. I had no time to choose what I chose to do. So go easy on me” she beautifully sings during the chorus.
‘Easy On Me’ is quintessential Adele. It’s everything you expect and want from her. It’s heartfelt, honest, vulnerable and heartbreaking. With a sense of hope and want to rebuild embedded in the song, this record is going to be so much more than just a heartbroken divorce album. Instead it’s going to be about her picking up the pieces and rediscovering who she is, and I for one am ready to go on this journey with her.