"You had my heart inside of your hand / And you played it to the beat," Adele sings here, flanked by goading backing vocalists ("You're gonna wish you never had met me"), clomping beats and piano that pounds spookily like a poltergeist trying to bang down your bedroom door. And that voice? Better than ever, relating the mixture of righteous indignation and utter despair in her lyrics with enough emotion to power, ooh, at least a couple of chapters of a Nicholas Sparks novel. If we were the wrongun who inspired this pop-soul colossus, we'd be feeling a mixture of fear, shame and regret. A helluva lot of regret.
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