Adele 21 album has some really special songs. Listening to her album numerous times over again I have my favorite songs, still not skipping any of her eleven songs. I will begin in numerical order to make things easier, her number two song “Rumor Has It”. This is one of my favorite songs on her album. The way the song comes on after “Rolling in the Deep” is so interesting. I always felt it so necessary for songs to flow throughout its album; they have to link together presenting the theme of the album telling its story.
“Rumor Has It” has some very specific lyrics. As most know, Adele wrote her entire album based on a past relationship with her bisexual ex-boyfriend who had cheated and she found out he was bi. Moving forward I relate to this album because I recently ended a 5 year relationship so I take every word she sings in “Rumor Has It” extremely personal. Hearing the title alone also reminds me of this small bubble island I am confined to right now Staten Island.
Everyone knew about my relationship since high school, on Staten Island. When we had broken up the same effect happened, rumors all over the Island about us which grew very tiresome then again there would be rumors while we were together too. In the song when she says “She is half your age” that’s exactly how it ended with my ex-boyfriend, he began dating a girl that was 18 (not half his age) but was about 5 years younger which burned me even more, I was 15 when he met me and he was 18.
The beat of “Rumor Has It” is sick. It is really that old fifties/sixties swing type of music. Whenever this song comes on I just wanted to snap, and swing with two to other singers on stage. I think it is so powerful (I am listening to it again right now). It sounds like there is a piano, drums, and a violin. It is very Twiggy style English.
“She is a stranger, you and I have history or don’t you remember” if that wasn’t the line I felt most listening then I don’t know what was! When you are being cheated on or your mate leaves you for someone else that’s how you feel. I felt violated and betrayed that he could let another person in just like that! “Rumor has it he’s the one I’m leaving you for”. I lied that’s the best line! Time for revenge.