Adele’s 30 released today and after six long years patiently waiting for new music, the 12-track album is available everywhere. As she previously said, the album is an open letter to her 9-year-old son about the divorce with his father, Simon Konecki.
“I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness,” Adele said. “It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.”
The album shows us the freest Adele has ever been, who breaks down in tears on track 3, “My Little Love,” which also features voice notes of her son. 30 is a journey that Adele has so graciously allowed us to be a part of, and we will surely be playing the album heavily this winter.
See how we’ve ranked our favorites from 30 below.