“If It Hadn’t Been For Love” is a cover of a song by Nashville bluegrass act The SteelDrivers, from their 2008 self-titled LP. And given the new material we’ve heard so far from Adele, this is quite a different number than the stomping “Rolling In The Deep” and mournful piano ballad “Someone Like You.”
Of course, as the 22-year-old Brit demonstrated on her debut LP 19, she’s quite adept at wrapping that big voice around a slew of genres.
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At the end of the day, “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” is a curious little number that has probably rightly been relegated to B-side status. But if anything, it’s whet our appetite further for Adele’s upcoming 21.