The British are coming –– this time, with feeling.
MOVE reviews Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour.”
This summer, yet another British pop artist is crossing the pond: Sam Smith, whose debut album, “In the Lonely Hour,” is making waves in America.
Twenty-two year old Smith had his first big feature on Disclosure’s “Latch,” which peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart in October 2012. When Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” which features Smith, and Smith’s own single, “Money on My Mind,” became popularly requested songs on U.S. radio stations in 2013 and 2014, America fell in love with the man whose full, thick vocals beautifully hit falsettos that embody the emotion of the lyrics.
Surprisingly, those radio hits aren’t the best representation for the rest of “In The Lonely Hour.” The majority of the album, with tracks such as “Stay With Me,” “Leave Your Lover” and “I’ve Told You Now,” is an amalgamation of slow ballads accompanied by a piano or an acoustic guitar.
In a recent Q&A for Interview Magazine, Smith says his debut album focuses on “unrequited love quite a lot” because he doesn’t think it's spoken about enough in music. The vocals bring every word he sings alive, and you can physically feel him hurting, making this album worth purchasing.
For those who aren’t a fan of ballads, no worries. There are songs like “Money On My Mind” and “Like I Can” that have the catchy hooks and beats that are perfect for summer. You might even find yourself humming the familiar tunes of Sam Smith.
In the end, “In the Lonely Hour” is the perfect album to pair with a broken heart or an upbeat summer party.
MOVE gives “In the Lonely Hour” 4 out of 5 stars.