Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour (Album Review)

Review written by Rachel Geiger

Since the Grammy’s just happened, I thought it’d be a good time to reflect on one of the most talked about artists going into the awards show: Sam Smith. The British singer-songwriter and general powerhouse vocalist was nominated for six Grammy’s. He went from unknown to a pop sensation practically overnight. It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to the album in it’s entirety so I decided to revisit the album and reflect on it.

Sam Smith is known for his soulful and emotional ballads. While there’s plenty of them here, there’s also some upbeat tracks as well. “Money On My Mind” is a catchy and fun song to dance along to and just let loose. The music video was released just a little over a year ago and things have only gone up since then for this singer.

No song has had such the impact like “Stay With Me.” The song reached an unpredictable amount of listeners all across the country. This is just one of those songs that has been played so many times that it feels like it’s been around for a lot longer than just a year. It doesn’t have any particularly complicated lyrics, but it somehow works. How catchy it is makes it endearing and enjoyable to listen to over and over. The beat has such a unique and lovely vibe that it’s next to impossible to dislike. This song is definitely the best introduction to this artist and makes you long to hear more from him.

Now that we’ve covered the most popular Sam Smith songs, let’s look at the more emotional ones. And yes, there’s certainly a lot of those but he still manages to unleash a new layer of emotion with each track. “I’m Not The Only One” isn’t exactly a ballad, but the lyrical content is extremely emotional. The song tells a tale about a man being unfaithful to his wife. A basic concept but the way Smith sells it by using his beautiful voice is heartbreaking. The music video also adds to the sadness of it all.

“Leave Your Lover” and “Not In That Way” are two ballads that also have an extremely emotional quality to them. Both of the songs tell tales about unrequited love and longing. The latter song is also the ultimate friendzone song which is never the place anyone wants to be in. Although they both have some similar qualities to them, they are beautifully sad but also strong songs that you can’t help but love.

“I’ve Told You Now” and “Lay Me Down” are two more tracks that show off Sam’s breathtaking voice. The lyrics also are a testament to Sam Smith as an artist, he had a hand in writing every track on the album. One thing is for certain about this British artist: he’s not just a one hit wonder type artist, he’s here to stay.