'In the Lonely Hour' - a rapidly rising album by UK singer Sam Smith, it includes four singles: 'Lay Me Down', 'Money on My Mind', 'Stay With Me' and soon to be released... 'I'm Not the Only One'
In an interview with Digital Spy he describes the overarching theme of his album as "sad". Talking about the name of the album he said: "People are saying, 'Oh but it's too sad', but that's what it's about. I was sad, heartbroken, and I wrote about being sad. Hopefully I'll be happier soon and I'll write about that."
In another interview with Digital Spy, when asked to describe the album, he said: "My debut album is just a diary from a lonely 21-year-old. That's what it is. It was my way of talking about the only real issue in my life. I don't have that many sad things going on in my life and it was the only thing that was really affecting me last year: I fell in love with someone who didn't love me back, and it made me get into this head space of, 'Will I find a man to love? When will I find love?' This album is my 'f**k off' to everyone and basically say, 'No, I have been in love and, if anything, it was much more painful than your version', because I'm not getting what I want and it's so close. So, it's my way of defining what is love, and how unrequited love is just as painful, just as powerful, as what we call 'normal' love."
What do we love about?
There are albums you are drawn away by its beats and melody while some have amazing vocal but lack of executions. 'In the Lonely Hour' is a contender with both qualities. Sam delivers his music in a silky voice that you can't resist, emotional and powerful. It's an album you can truly enjoy the journey of listening. Best served night time.
Even Elton John called and praised his fine work...
Sam also made a buzz on his SNL's performance, see the videos below and find out why.
Watch Sam Smith performs 'Stay WIth Me' & 'Lay Me Down' at Saturday Night Live