Review #18: Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Artist – Sam Smith
Album – In The Lonely Hour (2014)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/7p7RFI5jtwYDknwhnQgmlp

Sam Smith is a british soul singer-songwriter. Initially gaining popularity off the back of a guest spot on Disclosures single ‘Latch’, Smith then went on to gain further success through the naughty boy song ‘La La La’, winning the BBC sound of 2014 and the 2014 Brits Critics Award. Sam’s probably most noticeable feature is his extraordinary vocal style and tone, of which he achieved from years of vocal training with jazz vocalist/pianist Joanna Eden. Sam Smith at a high point in his career has now decided to release his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’.

In The Lonely Hour is certain to do well financially, as it features all the songs Sam Smith is best know for so far. including Sam’s personal hits ‘Money On My Mind’ and ‘Stay With Me’ this album also includes his featured tracks ‘La La La’ by naughty boy and an acoustic version of ‘Latch’ by Disclosure. Genre wise the album switches between the pop hits to soft acoustic ballads and jazz/soul songs of which Sam was trained in. These songs don’t disappoint, including beautifully orchestrated music and vocals from Sam himself and his backing singers which make the hairs on your back stick up. The powerful highs of Sam’s voice have already been heard from us on previous singles and features, but this album allows us to hear the dynamics of his vocals, managing to compete with the loudest parts of the band and then lower to a smooth whisper on the acoustic ballads.

From a general pop artist on his first album i wasn’t really expecting much … but this album was certainly better than expected. Sam’s vocals are brilliant, the songs stand up as pop hits as well as standing beside the soul music it’s inspired by and the production is as professional as any pop album. Well worth a listen.

7/10

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