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"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"
Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Single by Adele
from the album 25
Released
May 16, 2016
Length
3:43
Label
XL Recordings
Writer(s)
Adele Adkins, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster
Producer(s)
Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster
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"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" (originally titled "We Ain't Kids No More") is a song recorded by Adele, taken from her third studio album, 25. The song was written by Adele with Max Martin and Shellback, and produced by the latter two. It was released as the third single from 25 on May 16, 2016. [1] "Send My Love" is a pop song with an uptempo, rhythmic sound, with the singer describing it as a "happy you're gone" song dedicated to an ex-boyfriend. The song received a positive response from music critics, who considered it as one of the stand-out tracks on 25.

"Send My Love" managed to appear on various international charts following the release of 25; following its release as a single, it has so far peaked at number 5 in the UK, number 9 in the US and number 10 in Canada. An accompanying music video directed by Patrick Daughters premiered on 22 May 2016 at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. It features Adele singing the song against a black backdrop with many shots of herself overlapping one another. Music critics mostly praised the clip for its minimalist, simple concept and joyful nature. The video received a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" is part of the set list during Adele's third concert tour, Adele Live 2016, which visits countries across Europe and North America.

Background Edit

In an interview with i-D, Adele revealed that the collaboration with Martin and Shellback sparked from a conversation with Ryan Tedder, after hearing Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" on the radio and remarking that she loved the song. Tedder told her that Max Martin had produced the track. Soon after, Tedder sent Adele a YouTube clip of Martin's work, as she had never heard of him before, and she expressed interest in working with him. [2]

The song was inspired by the man Adele dated in between "Mr. 21" and current boyfriend Simon Konecki, and, as revealed by Rolling Stone, is the only "kiss-off" song on the album. According to Adele, "It's one of those, like, 'I'm fucking fine, so fuck you' songs." [3] Expanding on the track in an interview with The Guardian, Adele said, "This is my fuck-you song. It sounds obvious, but I think you only learn to love again when you fall in love again. I'm in that place. My love is deep and true with my man, and that puts me in a position where I can finally reach out a hand to the ex. Let him know I'm over it." [4]

Composition Edit

After playing the song for i-D's Hattie Collins, Adele said, "It's a bit of fun, innit? You ain't got to be dark all the time! I love it, it's fucking sick. Straight away, a million people in my life will be like, 'Oh shit, what have I done...' The song was further described as having a "calypso vibe" and was compared to Martin's work on The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" in that it was "totally unexpected." [2] She later revealed to The New York Times that, "I've had that guitar riff since I was like, 15. I used to cover 'Wonderful World' doing that riff. It sings over it really well. With [the producers] Max Martin and Shellback, we knocked that out in a day." [5] She told Vogue that it is "poppier than a lot of pop songs I've even heard." [6]

Title and release Edit

"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" was originally titled "We Ain't Kids No More," but Adele changed it at the last minute to the current one. She thought the name bore resemblance to "When We Were Young," another track on the album. "Otherwise, you might as well just call the fucking album Old," she said in her Rolling Stone interview. [3]

The song was one of the two songs she considered for her lead single, but she eventually chose "Hello" because she thought it represented the album better than "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" would. "I didn't want to mislead people," she said in an interview with CBC Radio. [7]

Critical reception Edit

BBC News' Mark Savage called "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" a "nimble pop song" and wrote that it "shows a fresh, playful side to the star." Rob Garratt of The National described the song as a "bouncy pop nugget" and opined that it "falls into that classic pop tradition of transforming a turn-down into a lover's rebuke". In a positive review, a writer for The Hindu described the track as a "spritely song" and called it "an I'm-so-glad-you're-gone number." Los Angeles Times' Mikael Wood dubbed the song as "a welcome flash of sass."

Maeve McDermott and Patrick Ryan of USA Today included "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" in their list of 2015's 50 best songs. McDermott wrote "this song is among the most interesting of her career" and likened it to the works of Elizabeth Fraser. Complex's Michael Arceneaux thought that the track was the least sad song on 25, and added "It’s a little melancholy, but it comes with some shimmy-inducing production." Kadeen Griffiths of Bustle opined that the song is "the audio equivalent of Adele throwing a middle finger at whatever poor dude made the mistake of wronging a songwriter."

Business Insider's Tony Manfred opined that the song strays from Adele's previous work, writing "she wades into the waters of contemporary pop music like never before." Nick Messitte of Forbes gave the song a positive review, writing "It’s got the grace of damning individuals without sinking to their level; it boasts nostalgia—not the least of which for a sound popularized in 2013," and opined that Adele didn't let Max Martin overpower her sensibilities. Vanity Fair's Josh Duboff called "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" "the poppiest song Adele has ever recorded" and named it his "pick for the breakout track on 25." [8]

Music video Edit

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"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" music video.

During Adele's 2016 world tour, Adele expressed interest in eventually shooting a music video for "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)." [9] At her April 29 show in Stockholm, Sweden, Adele confirmed that she shot a video for the song, which would be released "soon," and that she would be dancing in the video. [10] On May 16, the same day as the single's release, a snippet of the video was released via Adele's social media, with an announcement that it would premiere during the Billboard Music Awards on May 22. The clip features Adele in front of a black backdrop. As the music video progresses, multiple semi-transparent shots of her dancing at the same time appear layered on top of one another in kaleidoscopic form. The layers were based on the line "we've gotta let go of all of our ghosts" in the song. The video was filmed in London and directed by Patrick Daughters. [11]

Live performances Edit

Adele performed the song acoustically for the first time on November 20, 2016 at her album release party at Joe's Pub in New York City. [12] She sang it a second time during her pre-Grammy concert at Wiltern on February 12. [13] An acoustic version of the song was included in the setlist for Adele's 2016 world tour; however, on July 25, she began performing the studio version of the song during her concerts. Previously, this version had only been performed live when she headlined Glastonbury Festival in June 2016.

Covers Edit

Country singer David Nail covered the song, noting that its musical difference from anything Adele had previously recorded appealed to him. The song was the second Adele song covered by the country artist, who also covered "Someone Like You" in 2012. [14]

Ryan Tedder also covered the song with his band OneRepublic for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. [15]

Credits Edit

Personnel[16]

  • Adele – songwriting, lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar
  • Max Martin – producer, backing vocals, songwriting
  • Shellback – producer, songwriting, programming, percussion
  • Michael Ilbert – engineer
  • Serban Ghenea – mixer
  • John Hanes – mixing engineer

Lyrics Edit

Just the guitar, okay cool

This was all you, none of it me
You put your hands on, on my body and told me
You told me you were ready
For the big one, for the big jump
I'd be your last love everlasting you and me
That was what you told me

I'm giving you up
I've forgiven it all
You set me free, oh

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more

I was too strong you were trembling
You couldn't handle the hot heat rising (rising)
Baby I'm so rising
I was running, you were walking
You couldn't keep up, you were falling down (down)
Mmm there's only one way down

I'm giving you up
I've forgiven it all
You set me free-ee

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more

If you're ready, if you're ready
If you're ready, I am ready
If you're ready, if you're ready
We both know we ain't kids no more
No, we ain't kids no more

I'm giving you up
I've forgiven it all
You set me free-ee

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more

If you're ready, if you're ready (Send my love to your new lover)
If you're ready, are you ready? (Treat her better)
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more
If you're ready, if you're ready (Send my love to your new lover)
If you're ready, are you ready? (Treat her better)
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more

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