It’s after 1 a.m. here in England but it’s impossible to sleep when there’s new Adele on the Interwebs, specifically a new Adele video of the most gutwrenching song in her catalogue, “Someone Like You.” This is the song that jumpstarted her star when she sang it on the Brit Awards, and much to her and her team’s credit, this video has captured why.
On that show, she simply sang. Stood still, center stage, and sang, and let the song and her voice do the acting, the pyrotechnics, the dancing, all the hullaballoo usually attendant in today’s music scene. It made every shiny-pants-wearing, shimmying-glittery-faux-barbie-in-a-string-bikini-pop-star look like a ludicrous diletante.
That fantastic simplicity has been retained in this video. Black and white. Adele walking in Paris. A full three minutes and fifty-five seconds before a single cut. That’s not a gimmick: that’s a long, slow pull on the heartstrings, just like that song. The song is enough, the story is simple, the story is clear, and so is this video. It takes a lot of bravery to trust a simple narrative these days. Bravo.
(PS Also, can we just all appreciate how freaking gorgeous she looks here? Yes? OK.)
(PPS No we don’t have a music section on LeakyNews yet. We just couldn’t help ourselves here. It’s all about the geeky love, people.)