|“My Little Love”|
|Song by Adele|
from the album 30
|Released||November 19, 2021|
|Writer(s)||Adele Adkins, Greg Kurstin|
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“My Little Love” is a song by British singer-songwriter Adele, taken from her fourth studio album, 30. The song was written by Adele with Greg Kurstin and serves as the third track on the album. Its title was confirmed on November 1, 2021, when the album’s track listing was revealed online.
The song is addressed directly to Adele’s son Angelo as an attempt to answer his questions about her divorce from his father, Simon Konecki. It is the second song in Adele’s discography to feature a recording of Angelo’s voice; he can also be heard on “Sweetest Devotion,” the closing track of Adele’s third studio album, 25.
Background and composition
“My Little Love” was co-written by Adele and longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin, and was inspired by a conversation between Adele and her son Angelo shortly after she separated from his father, Simon Konecki. “[Angelo] said to my face, ‘Can you see me?’ And I was like, ‘Uh, yeah.’ And he was like, ‘Cause I can’t see you,’ ” Adele recalled. “Well, my whole life fell apart in that moment. He knew I wasn’t there.” The conversation — and what ultimately became “My Little Love” — prompted Adele to create 30 as a way of explaining her divorce from Konecki to her son.
“It was unbearable,” Adele told Rolling Stone of the song, “and so if I started getting anxious about something I might or might not have said, I could just listen back to this and be like, ‘OK, I’m fine.’” In between the verses of the song are recordings of conversations between Adele and Angelo, included at the suggestion of Adele’s therapist. Adele credited rappers Skepta and Tyler, the Creator with influencing her to include the voice notes on the song, noting that, “I thought it might be a nice touch, seeing as everyone’s been at my door for the last 10 years, as a fan, to be like, ‘Would you like to come in?’ ”
Sonically, the song was inspired by the work of Marvin Gaye, with Adele specifically mentioning his album What’s Going On as an influence. In an interview with Tom Power for Q, Adele called it “an important part of the puzzle I was trying to figure out of my life — not the album,” and noted that Angelo would likely go through a phase of disliking it as a teenager.
- Adele Daily ³⁰ on Twitter: “THREAD: Credits of writing/production on ‘30.’” / Twitter
- Adele's '30' Tracklist Revealed, Featuring the Amazing 'I Drink Wine' - Variety
- Adele on Her New Album, Anxiety & Workout Routine: Vogue's November 2021 Cover Issue | Vogue
- Adele on Her New Album, ‘30,’ Divorce, Tour - Rolling Stone
- The Q Interview: Adele opens up about 30, divorce and her struggle with fame - YouTube