Sam Smith

In the Lonely Hour

Australian T3 - - MUSIC TO YOUR EARS -

Now, this guy can sing. The com­bi­na­tion of one hell of a set of pipes and a sub­tle lisp that adds vul­ner­a­bil­ity to his de­liv­ery mean Smith’s vo­cals are ex­tremely ef­fec­tive at un­pick­ing heart­break on tracks like “Stay With Me”. Up­beat num­bers like “Money on my Mind” see his voice lin­ger­ing in the higher ranges, which can grate, and this record seems to have been fo­cus­grouped and pol­ished to within an inch of its life, but Smith’s vo­cal is so strong that he’s man­aged to make the whole af­fair feel more per­sonal than it should. lis­ten to: Stay With Me

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