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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the British neo-R&B singer-songwriter.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Jun 17, 2014
    85
    Smith bares more than his vocal cords on this record. Every story of unrequited love that's been put to song is powerful in its own right.
  2. May 27, 2014
    80
    It’s universally accessible, and it’s the kind of pop that has the potential to dominate the charts and win over hearts during festival slots.
  3. May 27, 2014
    70
    This is an understated and promising first step from an unpredictable and distinctive talent.
  4. May 27, 2014
    60
    Smith's vocals are spot-on throughout, save for the odd Mariah-esque trickle towards X Factor auditionee theatrics, and find themselves paired with as pitch-perfect a production as has been heard all year.
  5. 58
    In the Lonely Hour is inexpressive and hard to sit through despite being built for easy listening.
  6. 50
    Smith’ sugary falsetto comes across a tad one dimensional and inexpressive on his solo debut In The Lonely Hour.
  7. 40
    It’s a shame to see a talented guy rushed into making the wrong record.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Jun 22, 2014
    10
    This album is amazing! The truth is there are some songs that are not meant for his range but almost very song is extremely true and emotional! If people want something happy then go buy another album! His album is part of him and as fans we must listen to what he's saying not to tell him how we think he must do his albums! Love you Sam! Been a fan since the very beginning! Expand
  2. Aug 4, 2014
    10
    you can see, from many of my reviews, that I am a gay man, and with all of that aside, I can honestly say that this is my favorite cd of the year, by far. It is heartfelt, soulful, and with an amazing voice, lyrical, amazing. Of course, I am also proud, and amazed that am openly gay singer can be so mainstream. I truly love every song on this cd, most of the songs are ballads and amazing and the dance beat songs are amazing as well. May I say that when I really choose to feel the songs, that tears well up, because I have had unrequited love as well, not very often, but its happened lol. Expand
  3. Jun 17, 2014
    9
    I've been waiting for this album for quite some time now having pretty high expectations of Sam Smith and In The Lonely Hour didn't disappoint. Sam Smith sounds great throughout the whole album. I quite enjoyed the album and it is definitely worth listening to. For me its one of the standouts of the year and Sam Smith is definitely one of my favorite new artists of 2014. The only criticism i have is that a few of the song sounded quite similar to each other. Other than that In The Lonely Hour is a great album. My favorites include Life Support, I'm Not The Only One, Like I Can, Restart and Money On My Mind. Expand
  4. Jun 19, 2014
    8
    This is a somber, sobering album that I really enjoyed. It shouldn't have been released in the middle of summer though. It's more of a wintery album, the mood doesn't fit the upbeatness of Summer. That being said, it's a solid piece of work. Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2014
    7
    Hmmm.....I am not sure about this album. I wouldn't say I am amazed. I wouldn't say I am disappointed either.

    Sam Smith's vocals are the
    best part of this entire record. His voice is so beautiful to hear, whether it's a song played on a guitar or it's an EDM song. You cannot deny Sam Smith's voice is really good and powerful.

    It really made sense that Sam Smith is really heartbroken in this album but I don't know, you can sense that vulnerability in his voice but I just can't get the feels from him and that's the reason why I am not really amazed about this album. But then again, his vocals are the reason why I am not disappointed about this album either. I am on the fence. Nonetheless, I can see why people call him the male version of Adele because the inspiration of Adele's 21 and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour are similar.

    I really like the tracklist in this album. The song Money In My Mind is a really good song to kickoff this album and it's very different from the rest of the songs because it's not about love or heartbreak. It's about him being signed to a major label which it's quite rare to hear these days. The closing track Lay Me Down is a nice way to close the album in which he talks about his optimism on love after his heartbreak. I am glad he isn't like "Oh no, I will never love again because this guy broke my heart." Well, that is my own interpretation of that song so I am not sure if people agree with me on this.

    The deluxe edition tracks makes this album better in my opinion and it's worth my money. I am so happy that La La La is included in the deluxe edition.

    Overall, I think Sam Smith could do better in this album but this is a really good debut album to kick-off his career.
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  6. Jun 17, 2014
    5
    This heavenly British boy had huge shoes to fill. With a slew of successes in 2013 with Disclosure's "Latch" and Naughty Boy's "La La La", Sam Smith was on a gold-plated road to stardom. Unfortunately, somewhere along that pampered road, Mr. Smith got cocky and fell into the figurative mud puddle of one-dimensional songs. Yes, the man has talent. He has the voice of an angel with the soul of a 50s R&B group, but in terms of lyrical themes, he ran out of ideas after two songs.

    Sam Smith is a man who shows that he is "the one". "The one" who will love you and care for you. That's great and all for one or two songs, but don't make 10 tracks dedicated to that. From his lyrics, he seems like the lonely, creepy guy staring through the window of a restaurant while a couple sips wine and laughs. Obviously, he's been through heartbreak. Maybe this album is a dedication to the girl he lost and he's trying to reach out to her. But by following in Coldplay's footsteps of an entire album of "second chances" and "I was wrong, take me back", Sam Smith gets boring fast. He took a giant leap by releasing these songs as his debut album. This album makes an impression of who he really is. The image portrayed through the songs sees Sam as a lost little puppy in a rainstorm, wanting a hug and some hot cocoa.

    However, the songs are catchy enough to sound better than the average pop, incorporating strings, acoustics, and of course, the powerhouse vocals of Sam himself. The only problem is that Sam Smith has fallen into a web of popularity too early. Like a contestant on American Idol, he forced out something that sounds incomplete, or rather, something that lacks personality. We can learn two things about Sam Smith through his debut album: He doesn't "do it for the money", he does it "for the love" and he wants every girl to "leave their lover" for him.

    Sam Smith's career started on a high note. With a phenomenal first EP filled with sensual and savory selections and a few guest appearances that appealed to the masses, he was headed in the right direction. Then he caught the pop star fever and fell hard into mainstream success. It's true that his record sales are impressive, but when the songs being bought need work, is it really worth the hype?

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  7. Jun 18, 2014
    0
    I can not get past the first song, and so bad. and as a male Adele in very very bad version. The melodies are terrible, that his voice is so average and its so boring letters. In the Lonely Hour is rubbish, sorry. Expand

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