Sam Smith

21 albums, 83 tracks

Born in May 19, 1992

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"Sam Smith"

Jun 14, 2019

The 27 year old musician delivers his second stunner- an album full of heartbroken emotions

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Written by @Soulbyweekly from SoulByweekly  / 6 mins read
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The twenty-seven-year-old English musician Sam Smith, who has worked on a range of music genres including soul, R&B and pop music, has released his second studio album The Thrill of It All in November 2017 through Capitol Records which is composed of genres like soul and orchestral pop. Before this, his debut album In the Lonely Hour that was released in 2014 was extremely successful and twelve million copies were sold worldwide. The album The Thrill of It All has a total of ten tracks that run for an overall approximate time of thirty-six minutes. Later, four additional bonus tracks were added in the special edition. The album mostly received positive reviews from the music critics and listeners. The Rolling Stone Magazine, NME, and British newspapers like The Daily Telegraph and The Independent rated the album 4 out of 5 stars, while AllMusic and Siant Magazine rated it 3.5 stars. The Daily Telegraph and The Independent were largely positive about the album and they praised Sam Smith’s vocals, calling them “supernatural” and “wonderful”. AllMusic placed the album above the previous one because of the consistency and intensity. However, it also received some mixed reviews. The Guardian rated it 3 stars stating that it could be much more potent album if it was polished a little more. The Observer rated it only 2 stars stating that there is just “plenty of shorthand (sad pianos)” and “a total absence of risk”. The album received an overall aggregate score of 72 on Metacritic. The album also received significant commercial success in various countries across the planet. It was featured in many music charts across the world and it also debuted at the number one position on US Billboard 200, Canadian Albums (Billboard) and in countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Norway and Netherlands. The album was also featured at number two at the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia. Overall, this is indeed a wonderful album with captivating piano tunes, chorus sections, handclaps and Sam Smith’s excellent vocals with whispering high tenor and great falsetto techniques.

A soft, smooth and melancholic ballad

“Too Good at Goodbyes” is the first track of the album that Sam Smith co-wrote with James Napier, Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, and was produced by Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes and Stargate. It was released as a single in September 2017, two months before the full album was released. This is a wonderful deep and heartbreaking emotional ballad, and many listeners and critics have compared this piece to Adele’s music. In this track, Sam Smith speaks about being “good at goodbyes”, getting better at being broken up after being dumped multiple times. This is a soft sweet-sounding song with some piano tunes, finger snapping, chorus parts and wonderful use of vocal techniques like falsetto. It has got good reviews from many critics, including Chris Willman from Variety who said, “Smith is plumbing the depths of melancholia with a flawless, effortlessly flexible tenor that seems to be on loan to the underworld from somewhere in the heavens”. The song comes with a very smooth and catchy music video that has more than a billion views on YouTube. It was filmed at Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England. From the number of views, it can be concluded that the song has received significant commercial success across the world. It even topped the UK Singles Chart and featured at number five on US Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

A mesmerising 60s style soul song with a catchy music video

“One Last Song” is the third track of the album that Sam Smith co-wrote with Tyler Johnson and Charles Emanuel Smalls, and produced by Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes and Johnson. This is a catchy soul track with 60s style instrumentation and arrangement. It comes with an appealing music video that shows the artist singing at a concert, in a dance bar, a marriage hall, the city streets and a river bridge on a rainy day. But there is a common feature in each of these locations- all of them feature other people in the background like an orchestra playing and opera dancers dancing to the tunes. Sam Smith has also penned down some heartbreaking, soulful and matured lyrics- “When it was good it was bittersweet honey/ You made me sad ‘til I loved the shade of blue/ I know you don’t want to talk to me/ So this is what I’ll do/ Maybe your listening/ So here’s one last song for you/ Here’s one last song for you”. This beautiful song was also featured in several music charts across the world. Sam Smith has performed this song in several shows, including at The X Factor UK season 14 finale in December 2017.

Sam Smith describes the tough time he went through after breaking up with the person he loved

“Burning” is the fifth track of the album which Sam Smith described as the “most personal song” he had ever written in his life. Smith co-wrote this song with Jason Boyd, Dominic Jordan and Jimmy Giannos, and produced by Jimmy Napes and Steve Fitzmaurice. During an appearance on BBC Radio, he said that he was going through a very tough time the previous year while he was in London and he dealt with his breakup in a very bad way. This soft, slow piano driven song with emotive vocals speaks about the consequences and aftermath of losing the one he once loved. No percussion beats were used in this song. According to an article by Caitlin Kelly on Billboard, Sam Smith said, “that song to me is about fame as well and the responsibilities I felt and the pressure and my relationship with my voice and how I was a bit rebellious last year. … It’s about self-destruction, that song”. The hard hitting lyric says, “I've been burning, yes, I've been burning/ Such a burden, this flame on my chest/ No insurance to pay for the damage/ Yeah, I've been burning up since you left”. It shows that Sam Smith clearly expresses what he has gone through after he broke up. This song was also featured on many music charts across the world. A live video of the song from The Hackney Ground Chapel is available online.

Apr 24, 2019

The Voice Of An Angel

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Written by @MicheleSmith / 1 mins read
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“Take me to church, I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies…”, oh wait, that’s Hozier. Still, I feel like I’m being taken to church every time I hear the gospel infused work of Sam Smith on this amazing record The Thrill of it All. Much talk has been made about the soulful power of his piano ballads (there are so many of those on this album), but what really fills my spirit is when Smith goes big not just on vocals, but with background singers and strings, testifying on the epic number “Pray.” What an amazing way to end the album, and its true meaning touched my heart because of my similar eye opening experiences in Côte d’Ivoire with Habitat for Humanity. There is so much world out there, and so many people in need, and this is what “Pray” was about, inspired by Smith’s time in Mosul Iraq through the charity War Child. I don’t care what your background or faith is, you really don’t know what’s important in life until you see true suffering, and helping alleviate some of that suffering ended up being one of the most fulfilling acts I’ve ever participated in.

Apr 24, 2019

Smith’s The Thrill of It All Is A Beautiful Broken Record

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The Thrill of It All is an autobiographical album by Sam Smith. That means that the very emotional, or better put, emotionally in tune artist is pouring his heart out about insecurities, loneliness, and the overall state of not being able to win at love. Has anyone ever noticed how some balladeers are so depressing, writing about the same themes which almost border on self-hate? It reminds me of a male friend who can’t get a girl no matter what he does – and in his case, rather than work on himself, he blames the whole female race, while I implore him to see that girls will give him a chance only after he starts to love himself more. My guess is Smith has some of that going on. This album in my opinion is the male version of an Adele album. Her work is a similar ‘can’t win attitude’ I find. If I was to make an autobiographical work, I wouldn’t laden it so much with tracks about losing. “Baby, You Make Me Crazy” is the only song that is proactive about breaking up because Sam decides to “drown him out tonight” by calling up his sisters for a distracting music filled night out. I’ve been ‘that’ sister many times for my friend. Lately though, I don’t have time for such depressed individuals, because their self hating attitude tends to be a broken record. Specifically, my friend also turns the conversation to us, and if there’s a possibility, and that also is a broken record. Sam Smith is talented, famous, got himself into shape, and has so much going for him. What is the problem then? I think perhaps it is self confidence.

Apr 24, 2019

Facing The Inevitable With Sam Smith

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Written by @JustZach / 1 mins read
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Baby we don’t stand a chance. It’s sad but it’s true. With “Too Good at Goodbyes” Sam Smith explains what it means to be the dumpee, every time. People like Sam and myself don’t know why it always seems to happen, but it does. I feel a kinship with Sam because his music is full of such doomed love. I also suffer through such relationships, and am always the one without the power, the one that gets left. In “Too Good at Goodbyes”, Sam sings “but every time you hurt me, the less that I cry, and every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry.” Here, Sam is finding the strength to cope with the inevitable. That is also what I end up doing. It is not like I want the inevitable to happen. I try to hold on. It is just that by getting used the pain, bit by bit, I get strong enough to face the official heartbreak.

Apr 24, 2019

Singing Is The Best Way To Get It Out

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I was trying to take a picture of my car because I wanted to have evidence that I was parked far enough away from a fire hydrant, and so I had to get into the street just a little bit to take it. This big truck comes down the residential street, and starts to honk at me, but he has so much room to get around me, and I tried to gesture that, but then he gets out and starts screaming at me. I got back in my car because I was really scared how upset he was, and he peels out, and I just sat inside listening to this album to settle my nerves. When I need a good cry, Sam Smith’s voice coaxes plenty of tears. I am naturally sensitive, to the way someone might try to make me feel inferior, like that jerk, or the way, as in the case of “One Day at a Time” or “Say It First”, a song’s notes and chords actually pull on my heartstrings. These aren’t even sad songs, but the beauty of emotions, like music, is they don’t have to be sad to make me cry. They can just as often be joyful to move me to tears. I ended up calming down, and then took the picture.

Apr 24, 2019

Listening To ‘The Thrill of It All’ With Eyes Closed

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For a long time now, I have felt that Sam Smith takes after Boy George. An alluring combination of male and female features. When I learned that Smith basically doesn’t identify with being male or female, but gender nonbinary, I became re fascinated with him, not just because of my visual suppositions, but because of his musical aura, which has always been to me this mix of the feminine and masculine yearning. You can hear the distinct quality of a husky voiced diva bearing her/his soul, on “HIM”, “Nothing Left for You”, “Say It First”, and “Too Good at Goodbyes.” Now I close my eyes, and pretend I’ve never seen Sam Smith before. In the darkness behind my eyes, it’s the first time I’ve heard such a voice, and it could be a girl or a boy, singing, but I would not be ready to bet either way.

The Sophomore Album that Is Better Than the Debut

Sam Smith’s release of his second album, The Thrill of it All, is one that snuck up on me. I do not really keep a close eye on too many artists and mostly for good reason; however, Sam brought his A game to his sophomore album and gave us everything we needed and more. His angelic vocals are almost accompanied by a choir and his piano is not forgotten, but he does take a bit to sing more about other people than himself, which is a change of pace from his Debut. We follow him on a journey of coming out to getting hurt then falling in love and telling those around you how you feel.

Written by adelemarie from JustAdeleMarie / Jun 14, 2019

Sam Smith And His Album "The Thrill of It All", A Trip Of No Return

I knew the humble beginnings of Sam Smith at the beginning of this decade, I say "humble beginnings" not because they were bad, but because he seemed aimless, without a defined style and, above all, without a musical idea xof his own, rather he was a singer and composer who wanted to move in the direction that the wind would take him. I think I felt that the British public had the same reaction at that very time when only was known there, maybe I'm wrong and I lack the vision to discover unpolished diamonds, but that was my perception when he made his first appearances in "T in the Park ", in Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom. Fortunately for all of us who love music and we are anxiously waiting for a brilliant composer to come and offer us new things and not the typical interpreter of past successes, in 2014 his first album, In the Lonely Hour appeared and came before the eyes of the world a new star in the musical firmament. "I'm Not the Only One" and "Stay with Me" burst the market and all the people turned to see with curiosity who this shy and charming boy was. The marriage between Sam Smith and his audience was immediate thanks to that record. Of course, the industry, now, would make him walk on the clouds and would offer him anything they could to get the singer's preference, because commercial success went hand in hand. And so, it was, after trying everything and with few results in the rural community where he lived in England and later settled in London, he had finally found gold and fame. With all due respect, I believe that he occupied very soon the empty space left by George Michael after his death, all those who followed the one that has now become a legend, found in Sam Smith the perfect refuge and he has known to reciprocate. Regardless of whether some of his songs have very specific goals about the things that people in the gay community live and suffer, every one of his lyrics can be identified with the masses regardless of their preferences. It is universal and is prepared for everything that comes. And in 2017 he surprised us again with The Thrill of It All and after listening to him for more than a year in my car every time I drive, I am convinced that for the artist and his fans, this album marks a trip without return. He has the brand of quality in his heart and what will come will be the confirmation of a brilliant legacy for music lovers.

Written by JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio / May 10, 2019

A Pop meets Blues Album

The debut album released by UK artist Sam Smith ended up being a commercial success for him. In The Lonely Hour was a ten track album that Sam describes is a diary of a lonely twenty one year old boy, as it shows his struggles with finding love. He uses the album to talk about what the meaning of love is for him and to tell us that one sided love is just as painful as what people refer to as ‘normal’ love. Tagged as a pop album, Sam uses the album to show that he isn’t afraid of being experimental with sound, and he balances it very well with his songs that build up to an explosive chorus to his songs that contain such restraint that you can hear and feel the emotion drip from his vocals. Even though the people in my area were not that found of Sam, minus his “Stay With Me” track, I have always been a fan of his work. I have always thought his vocals and his lyrics were beautiful, on both albums.

Written by adelemarie from JustAdeleMarie / May 10, 2019

Sam Smith Turns His Pain Into Big Bucks and Gets Respect From His Peers

I thought Alanis Morrissette’s 1996 Jagged Little Pill was the be all and end all of all confessional albums and artists who capitalize on their heartbreaks and anger toward their ex’s to achieve stardom and sweep the Grammys as well. Fast forward almost two decades later and Sam Smith’s version of a confessional, In the Lonely Hour catapults him to worldwide stardom, a host of Grammys including the three big ones - Record of the Year, Song of the Year (“Stay With Me”) and Best New Artist. A year later, capitalizing on his Grammy success, he wins an Oscar for “Writing on the Wall” from the James Bond movie, Spectre. It was an auspicious beginning for a singer who has been dubbed as the male Adele due mainly to his unique voice which can register lows as well as stupefy us with high notes. Plus, both singers croon about highly personal stuff – about the emotions they felt with the people they love. Frankly, this album wouldn’t have worked if the singer did not have his voice. It’s hard to fake emotion in a singing voice, and when it’s done right, the audience responds with open arms and hearts.

Written by tonyfabelous from Fabelousity / May 08, 2019

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    1992-05-19

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    2007–present

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Samuel Frederick Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy's "La La La"—earned him his first number one single in May 2013. In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 Brit Critics' Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll, both of which he won.
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