Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ Review
“Don’t want to see the numbers, I want to see heaven.”
22-year-old UK singer/songwriter Sam Smith is full of soul and heartache, disguised in the form of love with his album debut “In The Lonely Hour.” Although he’s managed to continue to grow his audience organically, this album demonstrates a more personal approach, showcasing his flawless ability to deliver breathtaking vocals and a uniquely raw style — prepare to be surprised.
“There’s a method to my madness…” Sam is keen in his pen skills and his method is madness. Usually he starts off with a problem. Whether it is financially, intimately or mentally, a problem is always present. And as the tracks progress, he’s analyzing his dilemma by verse two, and towards the end he’s found the problem’s solution.
Sam Smith’s voice is nothing less than uncommon. Besides that fact that he tends to find comfort in dwelling in his falsetto, which can become overwhelmingly dull due to its excessive use like on “Life Support,” it’s damn near perfect. He incorporates his harmonies and melodies in a fashion that opens a window into his rock influence.
“In The Lonely Hour”’s production isn’t one track driven. “Restart” has a disco-like 808, and opening track “Money On My Mind” has an EDM bassline; there are also reggae and signature pop sounds. The ballads like “Not In That Way” are that essential piano and acoustic — the classic fundamentals.
This album is a compilation of what it means to breathe life into your conscious. Sam Smith is neoteric and a rare find.
Let us know what you think of Sam Smith and “In The Lonely Hour” in the comments below.
*This review of "In The Lonely Hour" is based on the 10-track Standard Edition.
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