It all started when I was working on my own music chart, and I was writing about Sam Smith but one day, someone from VIBBIDI emailed me and asked if I can join their narratives program, and I said yes to that opportunity. Thanks to this singer, it opened me new doors in the world of writing. If I’m correct, the article I wrote was about him coming to Manila in 2017. If it weren’t for that Sam Smith article, I would have never got my dream job of being a writer. In this narrative, I will feature his first album titled In The Lonely Hour, I will talk about his biggest hits today, and find out how I relate to his songs.
26 albums, 85 tracks
The Piano, His Vocals, Or The Melody, Which Attracts You Most To Sam Smith's "The Thrill Of It All" Album?
Sometimes when people ask questions that they don't need your candid opinion on, but just want your affirmative answer or some sort of agreement, they end it with yes or yes?, right or right? etc. Like, you are a student, yes or yes?, tea is something you drink in your home every morning, yes or yes? That's because they have already convinced themselves and concluded in their minds that there can only be one correct opinion or answer about the matter and that that correct opinion is there's. It's a fun thing to do actually and most times it is not to be taken very seriously. Of course people will always have the right to offer their candid opinions on matters too and that's just fine. It doesn't matter if their opinion is right or wrong, it's a right they have, and that brings me to my question. If you've listened to Sam Smith's The Thrill Of It All album, do you think it is fantastic or just phenomenal? Here's another word "Badass"? Yes I have listened to that piece of music and I have convinced myself and concluded that it is great. But not everyone will feel the same way and that is fine because of the obvious - people have a right to their opinion. But what if you have not listened to it yet? Could my opinion influence you and probably move you to take a decision? I'm hoping that the latter happens. I am not going to be like most people who just want others to flow with their opinions on matters of personal interest, so I'm not going to force an answer on you. But whatever happens, there are certain elements of this album that are very obvious and cannot be easily overlooked. Elements that are deeply rooted in the whole essence of why music is made. This simply means that this album has different features including the message passed, the correlation, but among them the most conspicuous are the use of the piano, the vocals and the melody.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Mar 16, 2019Sam Smith Opens Up About Gender Identity, Body Image In Candid Interview
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- Dec 21, 2018Sam Smith Shares New Song “Fire on Fire” From Netflix’s ‘Watership Down’ Adaptation
- Aug 17, 2018Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”
- Aug 14, 2018Sam Smith Says He Doesn't Like Michael Jackson & Twitter IMPLODES
- Jun 27, 2018Sam Smith & Brandon Flynn SPLIT!
- Mar 29, 2018Sam Smith Enlists Logic for Official "Pray" Remix
- Mar 07, 2018Sam Smith Met Julie Andrews And It Was Practically Perfect In Every Way
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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