Adele Makes Her Triumphant Return With a Powerful New Video Co-Starring Mack Wilds

By the end of 2011 and well into 2012, it was nearly impossible to escape Adele. The powerhouse UK singer had permeated pop culture in a way that seemed impossible in the days of infinite distractions and niches. However, her no frills demeanor, painfully honest songs and deeply penetrating voice showed that, unlike almost anything else, great music transcends all. After dominating airwaves, TV shows, soundtracks and publications for 2 straight years, the chanteuse stepped away from it all. In that time, she re-claimed her life and had her first child, a son. Now, she is back to sharing her prodigious gift with the world.

For fans of Adele’s heart-wrenching ballads, “Hello” picks up right where she left off on her last album, 21. It is a song of love lost and the pain that continues to endure, even after years apart. As with most Adele compositions, it feels like it comes from a place that is all too real. For the visual, the British songstress chose Tristan “Mack” Wilds, of The Wire and 90210, to star as her lost lover. Take a look and welcome back one of the world’s great talents.

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