ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Ed Sheeran is a fan, Katy Perry has labelled him the male Adele and the rest of the world has been falling in love with him. Sam Smith has been dominating the charts over the past couple of months and now his highly anticipated debut album is finally here. Featuring in EDM tracks by Disclosure and Naughty Boy this is the first time listeners have been able to hear his unique acoustic/soul sound in its entirety. “In The Lonely Hour” opens strong with “Money On My Mind” with its infectious hook, impressive falsetto and powerful message about the music industry. The majority of the album is inspired by an unrequited love and with his haunting voice he delivers raw and honest lyrics that will leave you with goosebumps. Sam’s vocal range has been compared to the likes of Adele and Whitney Houston and this album showcases that incredibly well. His falsetto shines bright and transports the songs to another dimension. “Stay With Me” has been receiving a lot of airplay and was honestly the perfect song to introduce listeners to his intimate sound. Highlights from “In The Lonely Hour” include “Good Thing”, “I’m Not The Only One”, “Life Support” and “Like I Can”. The only negative about this album is that it’s too short with only 10 songs that leave you craving more. The deluxe edition features “La La La”, acoustic version of Disclosure’s “Latch” and the impressive disco/soul influenced track Restart that will have you dancing. You may have read this review questioning “who actually is Sam Smith” but I can truthfully say after hearing his album you will never forget him.