While Taylor Swift shakes it off, Hailee Steinfeld loves herself, and Rachel Platten is singing her fight song, Adele uses her album “25” to approach body image and self-esteem issues in a new way. Instead of singing about overcoming these problems, she sings about owning them. “I do have body image problems, for sure, but I don’t let them rule my life at all,” she says in an interview with SiriusXM. “There’s only one of you, so why would you want to look like anyone else?”


“25” is different from any other self-esteem related album because instead of singing joyfully about overcoming, she appears to be wallowing in her sadness, self-pity, and overall self-deprecation. She uses “Hello” to apologize to an ex-lover about “everything that I’ve done.” In “All I Ask,” she wonders “What if I never love again?” She even apologizes “years in advance,” in her song “River Lea,” for whatever it is that she may do wrong in the future.




Though the usual upbeat and peppy songs we hear are intended to make us feel good about ourselves, Adele’s approach is important for us to hear as well. “I try to listen to music that might uplift me a little bit, but I just don’t really connect with it, and music for me is all about connection,” Adele continues in her interview with SiriusXM. She sings about the negatives to bond with us in a way that songs like Pharrell’s “Happy” don’t meet our needs. Adele shares in her music how she feels when her self-esteem issues start rising.


“She’s essentially saying she was born this way, baby – unconfident and flawed, probably like most of the people listening,” says Spencer Kornhaber, writer for The Atlantic. This gives the listener more of a sense that there are others who feel the same way as we do, even pop stars.


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