October 29, 2011

Adele – Someone Like You (Music Video)

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In her highly anticipated music video for “Someone Like You”, Adele masterfully depicts heartache against black and white. The British songstress decides to tone it down for this one, opting for a simple yet striking expression of dealing with a painful break-up.

As the familiar piano reveals itself, Adele slowly fades into view; eyes low, lips parted. The camera follows her as she wanders the lonely streets of Paris in the wee hours of the morning. Her voice, burdened by sorrow and anguish, hastens in anticipation for the chorus. Then it hits, and her defiant eyes stare straight at the lens. Her rich, soulful vocals soar as the relentless piano drives the chorus home. The camera then slowly pans and glides across the empty city. Eyes on the horizon, Adele musters up her pride and marches on as the chorus billows once again. Her pain, palpable this time. The pace quickens but her sweet, sultry vocals linger on every word. The piano quietly settles and the video ends with a stone-faced Adele, gazing at her reflection as her ex-lover walks away.

With its achingly beautiful lyrics and deeply personal sentiments, its no surprise that “Someone Like You” has reached massive worldwide success. Following a tear-jerking performance at the 2011 BRIT Awards, Adele’s second single from her sophomore album 21 quickly became an overnight hit; staying atop the British charts for five straight weeks. Adele’s sweeping rendition at the award show left not a dry eye in the building, including her own.With “Someone Like You”, Adele has crafted the soundtrack to everyone’s lives. I think the host of the award show said it best, “If you’ve ever had a broken heart, you’re about to remember it now.”

What are your thoughts on the music video for “Someone Like You”? Is it pure brilliance? Or overly simplistic?

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  • I adore Adele, this song, and the simplicity of the music video. It really draws attention to the powerful lyrics, and she looked really gorgeous in it. I would have liked it more if it didn’t end with all that spinning though…

  • Jon

    Her voice is amazing! reminds me of aretha franklin!

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