Just a few days before putting out her comeback single ‘Easy On Me,’ Adele revealed that her upcoming album, 30, would not have any big anthems such as her last lead single ‘Hello.’ This was important to note as the new tune emerged on streaming platforms at midnight UK time on Oct. 15.
‘Easy On Me’ is vintage Adele. On the surface, it seems like a heartfelt song about reconnecting with an old love while recalling the heartbreak of the last time. However, it truly touches on a deeper level on the end of a toxic relationship, positive selfishness, and a plea for empathy and compassion. A piano ballad that showcases her range, but does not overdo it. It is mellow in comparison to some of her past work. It remains, however, very effective.
Her upcoming album 30 is her most personal album to date according to her. All of her albums have been very intimate narrations of her love life, but this one is even more. She said she would hold on to this one.
“I always say that 21 doesn’t belong to me anymore,” she told Vogue. “Everyone else took it into their hearts so much. I’m not letting go of this one. This is my album. I want to share myself with everyone, but I don’t think I’ll ever let this one go.”
Usually I like to judge a song solely by its musical content from first note to last. However, it was important to take her aforementioned statement into account with this one. Expectations for Adele will always be high. Therefore, we need to understand what her intentions are when she puts out music.
‘Easy On Me’ is a very good Adele song. It’s not up there with the likes of ‘Rolling In The Deep,’ but it works for what it is meant to do. It’s a taste of an album that will be extremely personal, and it is also a comeback single that had to be very Adele.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.