Adele’s “Someone Like You” is my shit – a gigantic, stormy ballad in which the young singer reveals the full operational power of her voice and, at the same time, navigates the interpersonal dynamics of a bad breakup with grace and maturity. It’s really something. And as a recent Village Voice piece points out, it’s also the first ballad to ascend to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in a long time. Even more impressive: It did this without the help of a music video.
For some reason, though, we suddenly have a video now. It’s a nicely show grainy black-and-white clip, with most of it consisting of a single shot of Adele walking around Paris and looking sad. And it does its job by placing the focus on the song, where it belongs. Watch it below.
Adele’s 21 is out now on Columbia, but you probably already knew that.