Adele’s Album 30 Decoded: From Explaining Divorce To Her Son To Finding Love

“The whole album’s not about him, it’s about me.”

Adele’s fourth studio album 30, finally arrived on Friday, and her debut single from the new collection, “Easy on Me,” blew up on the charts and streaming services. Read on to know everything about her album.

Written amid her divorce from the father of her child, Adele’s album features 12 songs, as well as two bonus tracks and a rendition of “Easy on Me” with Chris Stapleton, which is dedicated to her 9-year-old son, Angelo. But Adele also clarified to Oprah that “The whole album’s not about him, it’s about me.”

The album opens with the track Strangers by Nature where Adele apologizes to and comes to terms with her past romances. She explained to Oprah, she had zero expectations in her relationships. At the end of the song Adele sings “Alright then, I’m ready,” signaling to listeners that she’s ready to talk about everything and kicks off the rest of the album.

The album’s third song ‘My Little Love’ is a soulful serenade for her son, which includes a voice note featuring the Grammy winner speaking to her son, Angelo, about the divorce. 

Adele can be heard explaining to her child that she’s “been having a lot of big feelings recently.” “I feel a bit confused,” she says. Angelo responds asking why, leading her to say, “I feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing.” “Oh at all?” her son asks, to which she repeats, “At all.”

She continues, “I love your dad because he gave you to me. You’re half me and you’re half Daddy,” telling her young boy later in the song. The chorus includes Adele singing, “Momma’s got a lot to learn/I’m holding on.”

Following the release of Adele’s fourth studio album 30, Rolling Stone reported that during her cover story interview earlier this year, the British singer-songwriter revealed that her single “I Drink Wine” was originally 15 minutes long.

“[The label] was like, ‘Listen, everyone loves you, but no one’s playing a 15-minute song on radio,'” she told the outlet. 

In the song, she challenges herself to regain the curiosity she once had as a child, and to not take life for granted. “So I hope I learn to get over myself / Stop tryin’ to be somebody else / So we can love each other for free / Everybody wants somethin’, you just want me,” Adele sings.

In her next song Adele cries her heart out and copes with what she’s chosen.

“When I wake up, I’m afraid of the idea of facin’ the day / I would rather stay home on my own, drink it all away,” she sings. “Please stop callin’ me, it’s exhausting, there’s really nothin’ left to say / I created this storm, it’s only fair I have to sit in its rain.”

The next two numbers Oh My God and Can I Get It are about Adele moving on and getting back to the dating pool. “I’m a fool, but they all think I’m blind / I’d rather be a fool than leave myself behind,” she sings. “I don’t have to explain myself to you / I am a grown woman and I do what I want to do,” she sings.

The album’s grand finale has Adele seeing love in a clearer light. She sings about self-love and her triumphant. “I can love, I can love again / I love me now, like I loved him / I’m a fool for that / You know I, you know I’m gonna do it / Oh-oh-oh-oh / I’d do it all again like I did then.” 

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