As I write to you I’m about half way through a rainy night in New Orleans, sipping on a bland but warm bit of Tanzanian, gazing out the window of a seldom visited coffee shop. While I whittle away on the various tack i came here to accomplish one thing can’t seem to leave me alone, that is how much I’ve enjoyed Sam Smiths debut album In the Lonely Hour. His soulful expression of a lonesome existence amidst the changing seasons of life is quite frankly one of the best Pop-R&B/Singer Song Writer records I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in a while. His influences are the likes of Elton John and Whitney Houston, though Sam himself is more of an Aretha Franklin meats Justin Timberlake kind of guy. His voice is captivating and its range makes you take notice of its power. He borrows elements of Southern Protestant worship anthems juxtaposing them with smooth electric beats and and the occasional blues rhythm guitar rift to envelope you in a headspace of his hedonist gospel. After my first listening I felt as though I had converted religions somewhere along the way. Now in the Church of Smith, his lonely hour is oddly welcoming and comforting.
All in all, I have few critiques of this guys work. He has a beautifully trained voice and a long career awaiting him if he continues to produces songs the likes of “Stay With Me” and “Latch”-a song by Disclosure with Sam at the vocals, which is equally great as an acoustic track.
Highly recommend giving the whole thing a listen to, but the least you can do is treat yourself to this song.