SAM SMITH- IN THE LONELY HOUR
By: Nana Zuke
The hot new kid on the block, Sam Smith, has taken over the airwaves with his exceptional vocal abilities.
In the Lonely Hour is on almost everyone’s playlist and it is only the debut album for this British born singer. Sam is not only a vocalist but also a talented and soulful songwriter; all the songs in the album are written by him.
The 22 year old who came out and disclosed that he was gay, has delivered nothing but hits since his debut. Songs like Money on my Mind and Stay with me which reached number one, and are still bangers.
There is a certain similarity between Smith and Adele, whose music is also mostly heartbreaks, betrayals and mistrust. The album tells the story ofwhat love has put him through. Smith said in an interview; “People are saying, ‘Oh but it’s too sad’, but that’s what it’s about. I was sad, heartbroken, and I wrote about being sad. Hopefully I’ll be happier soon and I’ll write about that”.
That is the theme for the album:describing the state he was in at the time, hence In the Lonely Hour. Songs like Stay with me talk about how everyone needs love.
Not the Only One talks about how even when people break their vows, even when there are doubts about love, one still holds on.
“I don’t listen to him every day, and though I love most of his songs, some are just not for me. But every now and again I find myself missing his sound,” said Siphiwe Ngamle.
Not In that Way talks about relying on people we love, and struggling to make it through a day without them, when on the other hand they don’t feel the same about you. That’s the reality of rejection, something every individual goes through at some point in their lives.
“I listen to the album in the morning preparing for work, and before I sleep. I have been there and I can relate. Sam is genuine,” said Sphelele Mpanza.
The track listing is perfect and while most songs are slow and chilled, Smith also offers a couple of songs that will make heads bob.
The album is available at every music store, and is produced by Steve Fitsmarice, Jimmy Napes and Two Inch Punch. It is a must have for any soul and RnB lover.