In one fell swoop she has erased any memory of any other thing that may have happened on the radio and on the internet in 2015, even apparently forcing some major record labels to reshuffle their release schedules to make way for her inevitable Christmas sales reign. As comebacks go, expect Adele to top the on-coming slew of year-end listicles headed our way.
How she’s done it is with the maddeningly simple idea of staying in one’s lane. In Hello, Adele’s first new song in three years, we have a song so quintessentially her it’s pretty much Someone Like You part two. We’ve gone through the motions of ugly-cry relationship post mortem before. We all have that situationship that came to a tragic and inconclusive end. Hello, again with the piano chords and rousing crescendo, tears down the floodgates of the past allowing those crushing waves of what-ifs to damn near take us under. And we clearly love it. A quick scan of the internet will show you #Adelegate is a bonafide thing for better and for worse…
So from the growing pile of Hello covers circulating the web right now, we picked these three.
Tapiwa “Taps” Kudakwashe Mugadza was abandoned as a baby at an orphanage in Harare where he was raised till age 18 when he had to leave. After digging wells for a few years in rural Zimbabwe to earn his keep, Taps landed the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream and went to study music in California where he is based today. Besides having some of his music on Criminal Minds, his pitch-perfect rendition of Hello, having notched over 1.5 million views, more than hints at a happy ending in this feel-good story.
It was all going well for Joe Thomas. How refreshing to hear him venture from his R&B-centric comfort zone into more decidedly pop territory, showing remarkable vocal control (abeit with some straining at the chorus) and delivering a version that honours the original. It ceases to be a tribute to Adele though from that moment just 45 seconds in when the camera pans repeatedly to his sales plaques from a forgotten era (read: the other side). Uncle Joe tried it!
Until now we had never heard of Nigerian actor David Jones David. And we aren’t sure how seriously we are meant to take this cover but if you’re looking to brush up on your Nigerian pidgin this is the most fun way to do it since you likely already know the English lyrics by now so we just alau am o!