On Friday, Adele released her first single since 2015, and the reviews are in.
Easy On Me comes almost six years after the release of her Grammy-award winning album 25. The powerful ballad is the first song of her upcoming album 30, which will release on 19 November.
Earlier this week, In response to a fan's question on Instagram about what her new album will be based on, she replied: "Divorce, babe, divorce."
However, reluctant to call the record a divorce album in her Vogue interview, she admits the album was recorded in part to tell her eight-year-old son, Angelo, about her decision to leave his dad, charity owner Simon Konecki (47), in 2019.
What are the critics are saying?
"It's an impassioned defense of a difficult choice, and a request for grace and understanding. This is not a call to smooth things over with an ex, like "Hello." Really, "Easy On Me" is an artifact for Adele's 9-year-old son, an attempt to explain why his parents must live across the street from each other now, a delicate handling of a painful situation. Adele being Adele, she phrases this message in a way that makes it accessible to all of us, even if the specifics of this story are unique to her." - Vulture
"There may be new heartbreak to reckon with, but Adele still delivers the same satisfactions." - Pitchfork
"Adele returns and reduces the world to tears with 'Easy on Me'" - Rolling Stone
"The first single from her divorce-focused new album 30 is quintessential Adele: piano, romantic recrimination, and soaring vocal work" - The Guardian
"Hearing that irreplaceable tone breathe the words "There ain't no gold" in the opening seconds of "Easy On Me" induces precisely the same goosebumps as "Hello... it's me..." did six years ago." - Billboard