Of the many different singers from the many different genres currently dominating the charts, few capture emotion and heartache as adeptly and effectively as the very gifted British singer Adele. The heartbreaking lyrics and melodies of her many songs such as “Hello” and “Chasing Pavements” have captivated countless individuals going through a depressing or otherwise sad situation. At only 19 years old, she released her debut album “19” and was a commercial and critical success, premiering at number one on the Billboard UK charts, sold an estimated 7 million copies worldwide and went seven times platinum by The British Phonographic Industry.
However, America may have received their own version of Adele and never knew it. Their gift came in the form of VÉRITÉ, a Brooklyn-born singer and songwriter whose music and lyrics couldn’t align closer with the mature yet honest themes that Adele sings about. Along with vivid descriptions of embarrassment from a heartbreaking incident, her songs discuss many themes, including a longing for returning home and being replaced in someone’s life.
This sense of raw and pure emotion comes out perhaps the most honestly in her song “Underdressed.” While one would think this would be a provocative song based on the title alone, it’s far from a simple song about seduction. The song portrays a story of someone reliving a romantic night over again and rather how the process of seduction made the protagonist feel. It’s not sappy nor is it poppy or catchy.
“You could convince me to/ Stay up all night with you/ While you leave me/ Underdressed and out of time”
The song uses a metaphor of being “underdressed” both physically and mentally, letting the listener know exactly how she felt about replaying the events of the night.
“Take me to a different view/ Change it/ All I ever wanna do/ Is stay here.”
Themes also discussed in the moving music of VÉRITÉ range from breaking up with someone to even the very relevant subject of depression. In another song on her album entitled “When You’re Gone”, the lyrics immediately jump right into the overall themes throughout the song of depression.
“Sitting in depression/ Always calling me irreverent”
And just like how Adele sings of being honest about her significant other leaving in her many songs, VÉRITÉ discusses similar themes in the buildup to the chorus.
“I don’t mind you leaving when the damage is done/ And I don’t mind, I feel the same when you’re gone”
The parallels between the lyricism and songwriting of VÉRITÉ and Adele shouldn’t be disregarded. They’re both incredible musicians whose songs are about rather mature themes that a large variety of people could relate to on a personal level and are portrayed very accurately in both their music, respectively.
Are you an Adele or VÉRITÉ fan and/or another artist? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff because I’d love recommendations on new music.