‘Impressive, expensive and clever’: NME readers deliver their verdict on new Adele song ‘Hello’

Star's brand new single was released today

NME readers have responded to Adele‘s new single ‘Hello’ – and opinion is split.

‘Hello’ features on new album ’25’, which will be released on November 20. The video for ‘Hello’ was shot in the countryside surrounding Montreal, Canada and was directed by director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Tom at the Farm).

The clip sees Adele revisiting a former home and reflecting on past love. Watch beneath.

Responding to the song’s reveal earlier today (October 23) Adele fans have delivered a mixed response with some deeming the track to be a “grower” while more die-heard fans are unsurprisingly pleased by her return.

See the best of NME readers opinions below:


The album artwork for ’25’ is a simple black and white image of Adele’s face which can be seen below.

’25’ tracklist:

‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’
‘I Miss You’
‘When We Were Young’
‘Water Under The Bridge’
‘River Lea’
‘Love In The Dark’
‘Million Years Ago’
‘All I Ask’
‘Sweetest Devotion’


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Earlier this week (October 21) Adele published an open letter to fans in which she apologised for making fans wait to hear it.

In the letter Adele wrote about how she always wanted to be older when she was growing up and her regrets over not enjoying her life in the moment. Talking about her new music, Adele writes: “My last record [’21’] was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myelf. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.”

Later in the letter Adele added: “’25’ is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”

Adele announced her return in an anonymous advert which aired during The X Factor in Britain on Sunday (October 18).

Viewers of the ITV show saw a thirty-second clip of Adele’s voice with the lyrics to the song flashing up in black and white on the screen.

Watch the advert below:

Damon Albarn worked on new material with Adele, but said he doesn’t think she will use it. He also referred to her new music as “very middle of the road”.

The new material is also rumoured to include a song written by Tobias Jesso Jr, as well as appearances from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, producer Danger Mouse and pop writer-producer Max Martin, who’s best known for his work with ’90s pop acts N’Sync, Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys.

Earlier this year, producer Emile Haynie revealed he met with Adele in February to discuss potentially working together, but that the singer was “taking her time” over a new album. “We got along well as friends when we met in February and I hope we can cut some songs, but Adele is taking her time,” he said. “I’d push for it to happen, but we’ll have to wait and see.”