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In the Lonely Hour Capi­tol

A Brit Award win­ner even be­fore he’s re­leased his de­but; sev­eral high-pro­file col­lab­o­ra­tions with Dis­clo­sure and Naughty Boy: it would be too easy to dis­miss Sam Smith as flavour of the month if he wasn’t such a re­mark­able talent. The 21-year-old’s rich, sen­su­ous soul voice is his crown­ing glory, but he and his pro­duc­ers use it in a va­ri­ety of in­ven­tive ways. Glitchy, fin­gerclick­ing sin­gle Money on My Mind has a dance sen­si­bil­ity, but the soft or­ches­tra­tion on Lay Me Down and Leave Your Lover treads the right side of schmaltz while al­low­ing Smith room to soar. His youth may be ap­par­ent in the lovelorn lyri­cal con­tent, but with songs so un­der­stated yet so vi­brant and ac­com­plished, you get the sense that there’s a lot more to come. Down­load: Money on My Mind, Leave Your Love, Lay Me Down

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