Adele’s sudden, calculated comeback has begun, starting with a snippet of a song that premiered as a commercial during X-Factor U.K. It’s a safe bet that you’ll be seeing her face everywhere again soon, so prepare yourself.

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Page Six reports via sources that Adele has lined up appearances with Saturday Night Live and The Today Show to promote her upcoming third album, which has so far been a covert operation. There’s also word of an X-Factor cameo.

In the meantime, the nearly 30-second snippet that’s been circulating sounds like another one of Adele’s elegant, plainspoken ballads about being broken, and just this snippet of a follow-up to her record-breaking 19 and 21 is already causing the sad boys and girls of the world great distress, in the best way.

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This is really the only time a lyric video is an acceptable visual presentation—as a re-introduction after a four year music hiatus.

The curtness and emotion in just these few lines is the stuff that’s made Adele a singing sage to some people and spawned a mass amount of crying jokes: “Hello, it’s me/ I was wondering/ if after all these years you’d like to meet/ To go over everything/ They say that time’s supposed to heal you/ But I ain’t done much healing.”

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The album—possibly titled 25—is rumored to be dropping in November, but Adele’s reps won’t confirm any details.


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