Adele – Set Fire to the Rain

First Hit #1: February 4, 2012

One could argue that Set Fire to the Rain’s chorus is a bizarre mixed metaphor that doesn’t make a lick of sense. One could also argue that after the third successful single about a breakup, Adele needs to sing about something else. These are both totally valid points to make, but the fact remains that it still works. It’s somewhere between Adele’s previous hits, a bit less propulsive than Rolling in the Deep, significantly less minimal than Someone Like You, and there’s still a great understanding of just how to make Adele sound good. Sure her lyrics are all mired in the same disaster of a breakup – to be fair, she was 21 – but musically she’s making a record that’s focused but still varied, something that knows when to hold back and take different approaches to showcase her voice and performance. And even if the metaphors are mixed, she’s able to convey the meaning entirely through her vocal, the mark of a great performer.

That said, I hope that she has songs that are a bit less focused on the failings in her personal life next time around.

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One Response to Adele – Set Fire to the Rain

  1. musicosity1 says:

    The Year of Adele rolls on. She co-wrote this with Fraser Smith, who also wrote Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart.” It has a great sound (“This is a cool song,” says my son in the background), but the melody’s not as interesting as the two previous hits, and this one did not make the Top Ten in the UK. I sense a coattail effect here; people were just happy to hear more Adele.

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