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LISTEN: Adele’s Hot-Blooded New Single!

Hear the kiss-off soul jam "Rolling in the Deep," the first taste of the Brit crooner's February LP.

By: William Goodman // November 16, 2010

Double Grammy-winner Adele just released the first single off her February 22 album 21 — and “Chasing Pavement” it ain’t. On “Rolling in the Deep,” the Brit crooner has grown into a hot-blooded soul sister with cigarette smoke and whiskey on her breath. Listen below.

The song is an attack on a former lover that builds from spare acoustic guitar to full piano, bass, and stomp-and-clap beat – with an all-girl gospel choir singing like they’re out to get their cheating husbands: “There’s a fire starting in my heart that’s reaching a fever pitch / Finally I can see you crystal clear / Go ahead and sell me out / You had my heart and soul / Think of me in the depths of your despair.”