October 27, 2015


Details on 7 New Adele Songs: Lyrics, Her Thoughts, Producers & More

Alasdair McLellan for i-D
Alasdair McLellan for i-D

Adele's sure-to-be-blockbuster album 25 is less than a month away, and after blowing everyone away with lead single "Hello" last week, she's revealed new song details.

The British belter gave an interview with i-D magazine where she played seven cuts from the LP and revealed a ton of fresh info. We've conveniently taken all the big details about 25 (which writer Hattie Collins described as "feeling firmly centered in contemporary pop although there are some very decisive nods to the '70s—the Carpenters, Aretha, Carly Simon and Stevie Nicks") and listed them for you below. 

Read the full i-D cover story here and then check out all the new song details below:

"I Miss You"

Producer: Paul Epworth ("Rolling in the Deep")
Described as: "a ghostly hymn"
In Adele's words: "It's about intimacy on every level. It's about sex, it's about arguing, one of the most intimate moments in my life. 'Cause you just blurt it out. It's a bit like, a drunk tongue is an honest one. That's definitely my motto, in life. That's why I don't really like drinking no more. The panic you get when you wake up the next morning."

"When We Were Young"

Producer: Ariel Rechtshaid (Brandon Flowers"Can't Deny My Love," Carly Rae Jepsen's "All That," Sky Ferreira's "You're Not the One")
Co-writer: "How Could You Babe" singer Tobias Jesso Jr.
Described as: "a big fat love song, it's a '70s-styled shimmery disco ballad [that] could be the album's 'Rolling in the Deep'"

"A Million Years Ago"

Producer: Greg Kurstin ("Hello") 
Described as: "channels Celia Cruz's Tito Puente years"
Lyrics: "I miss the air / I miss my friends / I miss my mother / I miss it when life was a party to be thrown / But that was a million years ago"
In Adele's words: "That only went on the record...right at the last minute. It's very stripped-back, it's very 19. It's just me on guitar."

"River Lea"

Producer: Danger Mouse 
Described as: "A 'Hometown' 3.0 of sorts"
Lyrics: "When I grew up as a child I grew up on the River Lea / Now there's some of that water in me / To wit: I'll never change / Tottenham is my mind, body and soul"

"All I Ask"

Co-Writer: Bruno Mars
Described as: "All sorts of everything...it throws every piece of Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler diva shtick at the wall to immense, overwhelming effect. It even has a key change. It's brilliantly ridiculous."
Lyrics: "We was gonna make something cool / But then we were having too much fun"
In Adele's words: "I've never sung so hard in me whole life. Can you imagine the fun me and Bruno had making that?"


Producer: Ryan Tedder ("Rumour Has It," "Turning Tables")
Described as: "about her best friend and her grandparents and her boyfriend, but mostly about her son, who she had with Simon Konecki"
In Adele's words: "Because 'Remedy' is so great, and I loved singing it so much I got excited like 'I'm on a roll!'" after experiencing setbacks in her recording process

"Send My Love to Your New Lover"

Producer: Max Martin (the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face," Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood")
Described as: "totally unexpected. It has a bit of a calypso vibe 
In Adele's words: "It's a bit of fun, innit? You ain't got to be dark all the time...I love it, it's fucking sick. Straight away, a million people in my life will be like, 'Oh shit, what have I done...'"
Lyrics: "This was all you / None of it me"

Find out when you can expect Adele's 25 and read its full tracklist right here.