Send My Love (To Your New Lover) is the latest single cut from Adele’s 2015 album, 25. Being Adele you know exactly to expect. Kind of. As always Adele’s voice is strong and versatile, emotive and compelling, technical without being showy. Musically, and energetically, Send My Love demonstrates a clearer, perkier, pop sensibility than her usual sonic fare, and this is sure to broaden her appeal and garner listeners from the more hard-core pop ranks. None of this is to say that Adele has forgone her roots, or style, indeed the maturity of her voice, delivery, and lyrical content marks Send My Love as something special.
From the opening staccato of the guitar riff and percussive beats, the listener is enthralled. In short order Adele’s vocals start-in, full of character and emotion, but never hackneyed or excessive. The chorus inexplicably has a reggae/house vibe, and the layered hand-claps ensure that the music hooks deeply into the listener.
For a song about sticking it to, and ultimately forgiving, a former lover, Send My Love is a spry and fun song. By stepping away from the power-vocals and melancholy ballads that she is best known for, Adele has demonstrated her strength as both a vocalist and artist, leaving no doubt that she will have a successful career for as long as she wants.