We’ve been waiting and waiting, holding our breaths and hoping to hear from Adele again. Now that we did, she knocked us off our feet – as we expected. “Hello” was released on October 23 and is, according to the Billboard, on its way to becoming U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2015.

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In Case You Didn’t Know…

“Hello” is the first single from Adele’s upcoming album titled 25 that we all eagerly await. She wrote the song in collaboration with Greg Kurstin, who is also listed as the song’s producer. This song is important for her on so many levels, one of them being that she finally managed to overcome her writer’s block.

What is She Telling Us?

The track is a powerful ballad, strongly influenced by the soul and is a perfect fit for Adele. She never sounded so alive and full of energy, mesmerizing you with her incredible voice. “Hello” is all about pain, redemption, and guilt. It is about going back to correct your mistakes and to try to overcome something that has held you back for a long time:

Hello, it’s me
I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time’s supposed to heal ya, but I ain’t done much healing

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Adele – Hello via YouTube

“Hello” is a gut-punching song, mostly because it gives you the feeling of hopelessness, it describes that emotion you feel when you realize that you’ve hurt someone and haven’t been able to move on. But that the person whose heart you’ve broken doesn’t care anymore. They moved on, but you are stuck, not being able to forgive yourself.

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart