Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour Review

Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour Review

Courtney Williams, Staff Writer

Now if you’re like most of the world and have already fallen hard for Sam Smith, this review is something you could have written yourself. For those of you who haven’t yet discovered the best new artist, just wait.

Sam Smith stepped into the scene in early 2014 with hits such as Latch and Stay With Me, which both have topped the charts US and UK charts. Sam Smith has set record sales in the US with his debut album In the Lonely Hour. The 22-year-old, UK native sold 166,000 copies in its first week of release – the most sold in the first week by a UK male artist’s debut album. Aside from his incredible sales and his super edgy hair, Sam Smith has an amazing voice.

In the Lonely Hour features 16 songs including his smash hits Stay With Me and Latch, but also brings some new songs to the table. In the Lonely Hour is Smith’s love letter to a man who didn’t quite return the feelings. In an interview with Digital Spy, when asked to describe the album, he said: “My debut album is just a diary from a lonely 21-year-old. That’s what it is. It was my way of talking about the only real issue in my life. I don’t have that many sad things going on in my life and it was the only thing that was really affecting me last year: I fell in love with someone who didn’t love me back, and it made me get into this head space of, ‘Will I find a man to love? When will I find love?'”

Smith offers a modern spin on a classic sound which Rolling Stone Magazine has labeled “a male Adele,” and I 100% agree.

Songs like I’m Not the Only One and Stay With Me, show off Sam’s incredible range and ability to write a song with a personal message. You can hear the pain and sadness throughout the songs. Sam leaves his original soulful style for songs like Money on My Mind and Restart for a more poppy vibe. Something I’m not completely against, it shows off his diverse voice and his ability to reach multiple kinds of audiences.

In the Lonely Hour is filled with adventurous love songs with a fresh spin.

The only way to truly understand Sam Smith is to sit down and listen.

Sam Smiths album is available online and in stores.