Adele – 25

It’s not 21.

But 25 marks an evolution in Adele’s music, moving on from heartbreak to nostalgia, regret, and even simple love. It retains all the hallmarks of an Adele album, with powerful, evocative vocals, sincere lyrics and piano ballads that make you feel so introspective and reflective. But Adele also adds some colour to 25, bringing cheer and joy with some songs, more upbeat tunes that brings an optimism to an album that has a tendency to turn its head and gaze back into the past poignantly.

Of course, while it’s not as good as 21 in my opinion, 25 still stands out as the best pop album of 2015. Her gorgeous vocals bring her heartfelt lyrics to life, showing that pop music can be more than just manufactured songs and stars, that it can be more than just catchy tunes and lyrical hooks, that it can be emotional and powerful.

Her success is utterly warranted, and it’s a godsend in a generation of pop music where sex appeal seems to matter more than ever before. And she seems far more grounded and relatable than Taylor Swift to boot. All hail Adele!

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