LIVE REVIEW: Sam Smith – Brisbane Entertainment Centre

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When you tour an album for three years it’s understandable when you see the artist disengaging from the songs but tonight Sam Smith wrapped up his final “In The Lonely Hour” show and there was nothing but honest smiles and tears on that stage. Welcoming the crowd to his final show before having a rest and beginning work on his highly anticipated second studio album he opened the show with the odd choice “Life Support”. Showcasing his incredible vocal range he automatically had goosebumps all over my body which remained there for the full 90 minute show. He showcased tracks from his debut album with early set highlights including “Leave Your Lover”, “I’m Not The Only One”, “Like I Can” and “Nirvana” which he dedicated to all the fans who have been there since the beginning. His crowd interaction was on point and saw him instigating some of the biggest singalongs with classic call and response methods. “Restart” saw him showing off his smooth dance moves before moving into a touching dedication to Amy Winehouse with a cover of one of my all-time favourite tracks “Tears Dry On Their Own”. Taking it back to where it all began he stripped the show down with just a piano and his vocals serenading the crowd with “Not In That Way” and “Lay Me Down”. Getting the crowd up on their feet and dancing one final time for “La La La” and “Money On My Mind” he closed the show with “Latch” and the beautifully touching “Stay With Me”. As a performer he impressed me, the structure of the show was perfect allowing his band to equally share the limelight and come together to give purely magical moments. One thing I will never forget about this show is his pure, heartbreaking and strong vocals and all the show was missing was a gospel choir cause he really did take you to church.

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