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In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
Released: Jul 2014
Britain's dreamy blue-eyed-soul sensation drops a lean 10-song offering for his debut, although this deluxe edition offers an acoustic variation on "Latch," his career-making 2012 Disclosure collaboration. But don't come looking for club anthems -- aside from giddy synth/breakbeat opener "Money on My Mind," this is urbane soul of the Adele variety, all tasteful melodrama and crowd-pleasing pipes. A few more barnburners would have been welcome to shake up these tales of unrequited love. But kudos to Smith for yoking gospel grandeur to the one-night-stand salesmanship of "Stay With Me."
Jason Gubbels
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