I’ve had this song in my head for nearly a week now. I’ve only heard it a few times and could only remember the melody, but I was humming it all over the place. In fact, I had never been particularly impressed with Adele until I heard and watched the video for “Rolling in the Deep.”
There is something about the desperation in the lyrics and the passion in her voice that lets you know she poured herself into every second of the song. Every new layer builds on the next and by the time she gets to the chorus where she belts out “We could have had it all” I get chills.
When She talks about scars and fire and you can hear that burning come through in her voice. And the voice…the sultry sound is reminiscent of musical greats of the soul era that hardly anyone in modern music ever touches.
The video is just a cherry on top. Abstract but builds in much the same way the song does. The ninja dancer kicking up dust, the pile of broken china, the sparking that causes the model city to catch fire, the play with light and shadow. This, dear readers is a work of art on every level.