“Hello” is a show-stopping ballad. While its lyrics could be easy to pass off as maudlin, Adele’s saving grace has always been her voice and dramatic underpinnings. Make no mistake, 25 is a record worth waiting for. Its romantic swells and gorgeous R&B-light melodies accentuate the album’s thunderous pop production. It’s all quintessential Adele. The album never quite hits 21’s heights, but tracks like the beautifully nostalgic “When We Were Young” and the folky “River Lea,” might surpass it. Other tracks rest a little too quickly on their laurels (check “Send My Love” and “Remedy”). It’s a slight detraction from what’s sure to be one of the best pop records of the year. And while 25 doesn’t quite innovate, it does captivate, and that’ll be more than enough for listeners.