SINGLE REVIEW: Sam Smith feat. Normani – ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ 

It may only be early days within 2019 but the news of Sam Smith and Normani collaborating had people quickly speculating that we may be hearing one of the best tracks of the year. Sadly ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ didn’t create the same impact that the hype introduced but it’s still a interesting continuation to Sam Smith’s artistry. After the success and empowerment that Smith’s collaboration with Calvin Harris ‘Promises’ delivered, he’s decided to keep the pulsating RNB moments flowing. Teaming up with Normani, he moves away slightly from his sad boy piano ballads and injects a rhythmic touch which elevates the sound and emotions he’s been always delivering. The issue with Smith’s sophomore studio album was that it was socially at one tone the whole duration and needed a growth. Instead he just remained in the same lane. So he’s taken the criticism onboard and attempted to grow sonically and artistically whilst still remaining true to his roots. This isn’t a bad song, but it’s just a little bland in comparison to ‘Promises’. And with the sultry addition of Normani I expected a smoother and heated  delivery. Instead what we received was a little cookie cutter. And with lyrics like “And look what you made me do, I’m with somebody new. Ooh, baby, baby, I’m dancing with a stranger” it could’ve been a little spicier.