WonkeyDude98 Analysis: Hello

WonkeyDude98
I'm not going to like this review. Believe me, it's not going to be pretty.

Adele. You know her. She got big in 2011 when she topped the world with Someone Like You and Rolling In The Deep, both songs I have expressed how much I enjoy. After 2011...she kinda faded. You can tell me she made Set Fire to the Rain and Skyfall but they didn't surge anywhere near as much as she did before.

Then 2015 happened. She released her current latest album 25. It was met with mixed reception. While I think it's pretty good, it paled in comparison to 21. I might give 25 a 7/10, and 21 a 10/10 by comparison. But that's not the point. The point is her recent hit Hello, which has topped the charts since its debut, and still is charting. It doesn't seem like it's going to fall anytime soon.

Is it worth a listen? Well, yes, but by Adele standards this song is kinda weaksauce. We start with a piano melody. Wait, didn't she do that for Someone Like You? Yes, this song is going to be a lot like Someone Like You.

Now let's get to the verse: "Hello/It's me/I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet/To go over everything/They say that time's supposed to heal ya/But I ain't done much healing/Hello, can you hear me/I'm in California dreaming about who we used to be/When we were younger and free/I've forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet/There's such a difference between us/And a million miles". So now Adele is the dumper. And she wants to recuperate with him. Apparently he isn't answering. The scars still hurt. She forgot how the world was before their relationship collapsed. It's--wait, after all these years? Have you ever heard of an expiration date, Adele? Ok that was a joke, but still. You don't wait years to try and get an apology. Which reminds me: Adele, an apology isn't necessary. Sometimes it's better to let it be. Also, there is a four-chord melody. Why? Yes, there was one in Demons, but at least it wasn't a drone. Here, Adele sings with barely any passion and is only above a piano.

Then the explosive hook: "Hello from the other si-i-ide/I must've called a thousand ti-i-imes/To tell you I'm sorry/For everything that I've done/But when I call you never/Seem to be home/Hello from the outsi-i-ide/At least I can say that I've tri-i-ied/To tell you I'm sorry/For breaking your heart/But it don't matter; it clearly/Doesn't tear you apart/Anymore". Is it just me, or is this song really dragging on? The verses are ridiculously long and slow, and the hook goes on forever. I think whenever Adele screams out, the underweight production doesn't support her whatsoever. Some drums or maybe a guitar riff could've been a lot better than the lingering melody we got. The hook's lyrics are not great; they paint Adele in a nagging way. Also, if he's gotten over it, leave him alone. Also, is it just me, or is Adele as lousy an apologist as I am a good Adele apologist?

"Hello/How are you?/It's so typical of me to talk about myself I'm sorry/I hope that you're well/Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened/It's no secret that the both of us/Are running out of time". Well if there's one thing I like it's the fourth bar where she hopes he's fine. But that already got squandered by the hook saying he is. I don't know how the town he's from relates to this, I keep coming ip blank. Also, the hook proved you have run out of time already.

The bridge consists of Adele screaming "Anymore, ooooohhhhhhh!!!" a few times, little to say here.

I got really negative, but I don't hate this. I'd give this a shaky 3 out of 5. It's good, but it's not great, and pales in comparison to her previous work despite the sincerity and emotion in the lyrics. It's like Someone Like You if the complexity was taken away. This is WonkeyDude98, signing out.

Comments

Good review, I like this song - Martinglez

I want to like it more than I do. I also find it funny how I, someone who even I can't even forgive, is critiquing the lousy apology skills of others like Adele in this and Jason DeRülo in Whatcha Say. - WonkeyDude98

Hmm, I also hate the song. - BeaM456

I never said I hated it.

I actually hate this review, like a lot. I went so hard on it, for a few minor mishaps.

Also my score is 4.5/5. - WonkeyDude98

This song is fine. It just got boring and coring and doring to easily - AlphaQ

THIS REVIEW IS SO...

surprisingly accurate. Of course I think this song is good now (how stupid do you have to be to say Adele doesn't sing with passion oh my god), but the things I've said about the lyrics still mostly apply. 4.5/5 - WonkeyDude98

2/5 - ProPanda

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