Adele loves the River Lea

The River Lea track in Adele’s third album just released is already a proving to be a favourite.

Peter Bradshaw wrote in The Guardian on Saturday about Adele’s ‘River Roots’:

“There’s a new reason for getting excited about Adele’s new album 25. It has loads of vivid psycho-geography. One of the most striking tracks is River Lea, in which Adele finds the mystic source of her inspiration not just in the north London district of Tottenham, where she was born, but in the nearby River Lea itself, which flows from the Chiltern Hills through east and north London before joining the Thames.

“I’ve always found it wonderful: when our son was very little, we used to take him for bike rides by the Lea: it has an eerie rus in urbe feel. Here’s what Adele sings: ‘When I was a child I grew up by the River Lea / There was something in the water, now that something’s in me … But it’s in my roots, it’s in my veins / It’s in my blood.’

“Iain Sinclair is going to love Adele’s song. He is passionate about the Lea. Here’s how he wrote about it in 2002: ‘The earlier spelling … was Ley, which is even better. Lea as ley, it always had that feel. A route out. A river track that walked the walker, a wet road. The Lea fed our Hackney dreaming: a water margin.’ I think Adele should invite Sinclair up on stage to sing a special River Lea duet.”


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