Whether you’re a “Hello” type of person or a “Water Under The Bridge” sort of fan, there’s no denying Adele’s 25 is full of winners. But according to the British star, there are a handful of songs on the cutting room floor that could have been smash hits.
In outtakes from her lengthy Rolling Stone cover story, Adele addressed the songs from 25 that didn’t make the cut, and specifically referenced her excitement about an unreleased song she wrote with “Hello” co-writer Greg Kurstin. “It’s like Celine meets Meat Loaf meets, like, Barbra meets, like, Beyoncé or something,” she said. “It’s, like, all of my wet-dream idols. But it’s really, really great, actually. We didn’t finish it in time, and also it just felt like maybe I should be, like, 32 when I do it rather than 27?”
Kurstin connected with EW in October to discuss collaborating with Adele. “It’s really hard not to talk about it, because it’s really all you want to do is just run around the streets and scream, ‘I just worked with Adele!'” he said. “That was really testing my patience. But I think I did okay.” When it came to substance, Kurstin noted the singer’s aversion to formula. “She didn’t want to just go through and write a pop song with any particular formula,” he said. “We wanted to do something that was very honest about where she was at right now, and she wanted to do something that was real and believable.”
Adele also told Rolling Stone that “there’s definitely four or five other songs” she wants to revisit, but that going back to them depends on her future. “It might be completely irrelevant to me, then,” she said. “I don’t want to put a song on the record just because it’s good if I can’t relate to it.” However, she also revealed that unheard songs from the 25 sessions aren’t the only ones in her vault. “I only had, like, three or four more songs,” from the 21 sessions, she told the magazine, “but they were still very good songs that I haven’t gone on to use, because they’re from a completely different period in my life. I just don’t relate to them anymore.”
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