Adele's highly-anticipated comeback album, 30, has arrived.
On Friday (November 19), the superstar dropped her fourth studio album, which features production team-ups with Greg Kurstin, Ludwig Göransson, Max Martin and Tobias Jesso Jr. The long-awaited set, her first album in six years, hears the star tackle motherhood, fame and the heartbreak from her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki. Clocking at 58 minutes and 15 seconds, the standard version of the LP features 12 songs, including the lead single, "Easy on Me," while the Target deluxe edition boasts three bonus tracks, including a version of "Easy on Me" with Chris Stapleton.
Speaking with NPR, Adele called 30 the "most personal and most vulnerable record" in her catalog. "That's saying something, because I feel like I've always gone there before," she explained. "I was thinking the other day about 21 — what was wrong with me? I was taking it that seriously... that was a boyfriend. How the hell did I write that album? Like, you know?"
"But it is a crazy thing. I definitely think that my voice has matured. But I also think that my delivery on the album is because of the lyrics and what I'm singing about,” she continued. "I don't feel the need to wail all the time anymore — my lower register on this album shines more than on any other record, I think. And lyrically, I wasn't trying to write "better lyrics" or anything like that. I guess because of the subject matter, it came out in different ways. But in the past, I've definitely avoided reading articles or novels or really, you know, reading anything, just so as to not sort of take anything from any of that and put it into the songs. [But] I read a lot during this. So I filled up — my vocabulary definitely got bigger, you know?"
If you want more Adele, make sure you tune into her exclusive iHeartRadio Album Release Party: An Evening with Adele presented by Target. During the event, which will be free to stream tonight at 7 PM local time via LiveXLive.com or the LiveXLive app, she'll open up about the project in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. Fans can also listen to the show via iHeartRadio's Today's Mix and Hit Nation stations.