Adele revealed in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday that her long-awaited ’30’ album will be released on November 19.”I was certainly nowhere near where I’d hoped to be when I first started it nearly 3 years ago,” she writes in full in the post.
Quite the opposite, in fact. I’ve always relied on routine and consistency to feel safe. And yet, there I was, knowingly – even willingly – throwing myself into a quagmire of chaos and inner turmoil! Along the way, I’ve discovered some painful truths about myself. I’ve shed many layers while also adding new ones. I’ve discovered genuinely useful and healthy mentalities to lead with, and I finally feel like I’ve found my feeling again. I’d even go so far as to say I’ve never felt more at peace in my life.” As a result, I’m finally ready to release this album.
“Throughout the most turbulent period of my life, it was ride or die for me.” My friend came over with a bottle of wine and a takeaway to cheer me up while I was writing it. My wise companion who always gives the best advice. Not to mention the wild one who says, “It’s your Saturn return, babes, fuck it, you only live once.” The friend who would stay up all night holding my hand while I sobbed uncontrollably. The get-up-and-go friend who would pick me up and take me somewhere I said I didn’t want to go, but only to get me out of the house for some vitamin D.
That friend who sneaked in and left a magazine with a face mask and bath salts to make me feel loved while inadvertently reminding me not only of the month but also that I should probably practise some self-care! And then there was that friend who checked in on me no matter what, even though I’d stopped checking in with them because I’d become so consumed by my own grief. Since then, I’ve painstakingly rebuilt my house and my heart, and this album chronicles the process.
“The heart is where the home is x”The singer reunites with Greg Kurstin, who worked with her on “25,” as well as Max Martin, Inflo (known for his work with Sault) and Swedish composer and producer Ludwig Göransson, who won an Academy Award for his “Black Panther” score and has collaborated with Childish Gambino. There are no special guests on the album.The first single from “30,” “Easy On Me,” will be released on Friday.Adele discussed the album extensively with Vogue earlier this month. In the last five years, the “Hello” actress has raised her son Angelo, married and divorced her now-ex-husband, Simon Konecki. Adele has stated that her new album explains her life changes, but it is ultimately a letter to her now 9-year-old son.
“My son has been bombarded with inquiries. Really good, innocent questions that I just don’t know how to answer… (like) why can’t you still live together?… I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to demolish his entire life in pursuit of my own happiness, through this record. It made him very unhappy at times. And that’s a real wound for me, one I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to heal.”
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