Adele’s 25 comes out Friday, and given the smash success of its first single, “Hello,” it’s clear the world is waiting with bated breath. Now we have a preview of another song, “When We Were Young,” courtesy of 60 Minutes Australia. After a chuckle-filled sneak peek at its interview with the singer-songwriter, 60 Minutes reveals a pretty lengthy snippet of Adele singing the ballad with some back-up vocalists. (The song preview begins around the 1:30 mark.)
True to form, Adele’s ballad bursts with passion, but now it seems her heartache stems not from a nameless ex-lover, but instead from the passage of time. From the lyrics, it seems Adele is already growing world-weary at age 27. “I’m so mad, I’m getting old, it makes me reckless,” Adele sings at the close of the song. “It was just like a movie. It was just like a song when we were young.” Premature nostalgia never sounded this good.