Adele – 25. Sing ‘em loud! A Review.

I’m a big fan of Adele. She has an amazing range to her voice and the tone has an earthy, time worn quality to it. She also revels in songs about lost love, which, being the sad sack that I am, I’m particularly fond of. So if you’re not a fan, you may as well click away now, as this will not be an unbiased review. Just saying.

I guess almost everyone in the world has 21, Adele’s sophomore album that blew minds with its dark and swaggering vocals and 60’s aesthetic. 25 is the follow up (all of her album titles reflect her age when the album was produced – I guess she’s not going to change that in a hurry). As usual, she has surrounded herself with great musicians and co-writes all of the songs. Adele has a capacity to take a fairly simple song and turn it into an emotive tale of longing and pathos that manages to take hold of your brain and not let go.

There are 11 songs on the album, all soaring ballads and torch songs. Hello is the big hit that everybody has probably heard way too many times by now. Send My Love, Water Under The Bridge and River Lea get a bit funky. I Miss You and Sweetest Devotion are boldly percussive. Melancholic piano strains fire up When We Were Young, Remedy, Love In The Dark and All I Ask, and the sensitive acoustic filigree of Million Years Ago is hauntingly sweet. This album never really steers a foot wrong.

Let me be clear: this is not an adventurous experiment that takes Adele out of her comfort zone. Adele has a formula that works and fans love it. We’ll be singing out loud accompanying these songs until the next album rolls around.

Muse. A poem.

Fingers dance
Rhythm and rhyme
Enticed from wood
And strings of steel
Peerless sensuality
Entranced, sublime
The muse alive in me



Music is my true love. And it loves me back, assuredly.

Chris. A poem.

He shined
On every stage
A voice that made you
Take notice
A guitar
Burning and churning
Changing lives
Through music

But inside
Thoughts and pain
Burning and churning
Shadows and rain
Low
Black hole sun
Dragging down
Crushing him

Who could see
What would come
To be
To take a life
So unexpectedly
Into the superunknown
Exit stage left
Now rest

House Sitter – epilogue

My friends got back from the cruise, unfortunately two of the five were sick for most of it (doh!).

Following are a couple of things I learnt while housesitting in the center of town:

  • I love living in the center of town (everything is sooooooo convenient)
  • I don’t cook when I’m living in the center of town (restaurants are sooooooo convenient)
  • Dogs are very therapeutic (dogs give unconditional love. Why can’t humans be like that?)
  • I love walking the dog for miles and miles and miles and… (l lost a bit of fat and put on a bit of muscle – all balanced out weight-wise as muscle is heavier than fat. And I don’t have much fat anyway, so I’m trimmer now :p )
  • I’m very productive when I’m on my own (ten songs completed in eight days – yeah!)
  • The counter to that is I get depressed more (story of my life…)
  • You never do everything you wanted to do (CBD shopping? Nix. Meet women? Nada. Party on the town? Hah!)

Now: uni assignment due this Friday. Time to get my arse into gear.

Have a great day 🙂

House Sitter #8 – productive week

I’m house sitting for one more day, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.

Wow! It’s been a great run. I’ve finished recording nine of my songs, and I’ll work on another this afternoon. 

Addendum: Finished ten songs! Woo hoo! 🙂

My friends return from their cruise tomorrow. The house is in good order, the dog has been walked excessively (hope this hasn’t raised her expectations lol), and I’m feeling pretty positive (when I’m not dwelling on crap).

I’ve got some uni assignments due over the next few weeks, but once they’re done I’m going to mix and master these babies and get the album published (I’ll post about it as it happens).

Productive week!

Have a great day 🙂

House Sitter #7 – clock’s ticking

I’m house sitting for the next two days, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.

Finished the very funky ‘Home’ this morning, just re-doing vocals and backing vocals for ‘Believe’. 

Time’s running out, and I have this week’s uni work to look at.

No long walks today (sorry, doggie).

Have a great day 🙂

House Sitter #6 – arranging awesomeness

I’m house sitting for the next three days, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.

Worked on ‘Light the Way’ last night and this morning (walked the dog, rang Mum and wished her a happy Mother’s Day – hey, I already got her a card and present). The song has turned out great. I added some distorted guitar and layered vocals to the chorus and it now kicks ass. 

Next, a stripped back folky acoustic number called ‘Believe’. I haven’t played this one much. I think I’ll add some piano and maybe orchestrate some strings for it. 

I often change the arrangement for a song when I record. I’m happy to say that most of the time the song ends up the better for it.

Have a great day 🙂

House Sitter #5 – walking daze

I’m house sitting for the next four days, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.

Lots of dog walking today. As well as food shopping, clothes washing, dish washing (too many washings!). Clocked up over 10kms of walking (not washing).

After dinner I’ll work on a new song called ‘Light the Way’. I’ve decided to take what was a straightforward acoustic pop song and make it more upbeat and funky. 

We’ll see how it turns out.

Have a great night 🙂

House Sitter #4 – out of the dumps

I’m house sitting for the next five days, recording songs I’ve written over the last year.



Right. No depression today, I’ve got things to do.

I revisited the songs I screwed up yesterday, saving one from evisceration. I rebuilt it with the motto “less is more”. Also finished the vocals on another track I started a few days back (‘FHL’).

Recorded and completed a new folky acoustic number in 3/4 time I’ve called ‘Sempiternal’. Four tracks (back to basics!) of acoustic guitar and vocals. It’s come up very nicely.

Now, off to get a haircut, visit my parents and see what my son is up to.

Have a great day 🙂

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