It goes without saying that the standout track of Adele’s first album was the hypnotic, bewitching beauty of Hometown Glory. It had this mystical darkness to it with all the right dashes of an uplifting anthem at the same time. And now Adele is back with Rolling in the Deep and the best thing about it is that it captures that very same essence, but wraps it up in a funky, up-tempo beat. It struts its way onto your stereo and has No. 1 single written all over it.
When Adele was hitting the big-time in 2008, it was all about her vs. that other soulful starlet Duffy. At the time it looked like Duffy had easily won the battle – it was Duffy’s single Mercy after all that went on to become a massive global hit – but in 2010, with the stakes re-drawn, it looks like Adele might well and truly take the crown.
Those who loved the retro stylings of Adele’s debut album will find plenty to love here; it’s what she’s always done so well, plucking the best elements of the 60s and 70s and pairing them with glossy modern production and heartfelt lyrics. Those falsetto vocals in the chorus are pure Scissor Sisters, the best moments of Rolling in the Deep transporting you to some glittering disco-dancefloor before letting you fall back into the gentle embrace of Adele’s warm, enveloping vocals – which for the record, have never sounded better than they do on this track. There’s a new confidence to her, she means business with this track and no-one is going to get in her way.
Rolling in the Deep is released 17th January.