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Sam Smith: Critics Love His Debut Album ‘In The Lonely Hour’

Wed, June 18, 2014 1:01pm EDT by HL Intern 1 Comment
Sam Smith Album Review
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Sam Smith’s new debut album is out and critics are loving it! I mean, who wouldn’t? It features some of this year’s greatest singles. Now see what critics had to say about the album!

British singer Sam Smith, 21, has finally released his album, In The Lonely Hour, and critics are amazed by it — he’s got pure raw talent! The singer has a voice that is often compared to Adele, and it is absolutely flooring everyone who listens in. Want to see all the positive feedback Sam’s album is getting? Read on!

Critic’s Love Sam Smith’s New Debut Album

Sam posted on Twitter on June 17, “AMERICA!! In The Lonely Hour is OFFICIALLY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Someone’s excited! But who can blame him — after being one of the most buzzed about singers for the past year, his big day has finally arrived.

After winning both the 2014 BRIT Critics’ Choice Awards and BBC’s Sound of 2014 and selling out shows across the world, Sam once again has people talking with his new album — critics had only good things to say about the British singer!

“Smith bares more than his vocal cords on this record. Every story of unrequited love that’s been put to song is powerful in its own right,” wrote.

Another critic, All Music Guide, spoke highly of the debut album and the voice behind it:

The dominance of stripped-down backdrops — some with merely piano, acoustic guitar, and conservative strings — is somewhat surprising. That puts all the more focus on Smith’s voice and words, the latter of which switch between borderline maudlin (“What use is money when you need someone to hold?”) and disarmingly brazen (“Just leave your lover, leave him for me”). If Smith didn’t have such a remarkable voice, he could stay busy composing songs for artists in several genres; the anthemic “Like I Can” could be easily adapted for a contemporary country singer, while a few others could be turned over to young pop artists in need of material that makes them sound more human. This is an understated and promising first step from an unpredictable and distinctive talent.

Sam is often compared to Adele — a huge compliment — and you definitely get to hear his incredible vocal range on In The Lonely Hour. His voice is raw and smooth — and the stories behind his lyrics leave a huge impression on people.

“It’s universally accessible, and it’s the kind of pop that has the potential to dominate the charts and win over hearts during festival slots,” posted.

“Smith’s soulful tones, in turns smooth and falsetto, are the centerpiece of Lonely Hour, lending themselves handily to the unrequited love that forms the album’s theme. The strongest track, album opener “Money On My Mind,” follows neither the yearning air nor the midrange tempo of In The Lonely Hour…As singles, the LP works. But as a whole product, listeners could start wondering if they hit ‘repeat’ by accident,” the A.V. Club wrote.

Hard work paid off, Sam — keep it up! What do you think about the debut album, HollywoodLifers? Will you buy it! Let us hear your thoughts!

— Sammi Errico

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