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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 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  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 andThis 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 theyou 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'tI'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. Jul 11, 2014
    8
    Música é feita para mexer com os sentimentos do ser humano. Quais sentimentos são esses? Isso tudo depende, principalmente, de quem ouve eMúsica é feita para mexer com os sentimentos do ser humano. Quais sentimentos são esses? Isso tudo depende, principalmente, de quem ouve e qual o seu estado de espírito que se encontra. Por isso, sempre é necessário deixar a guarda abaixada para ouvir uma canção e deixar se levar pelas emoções expostas pelos artistas. Infelizmente, no atual mundo cada vez mais cínico em que vivemos, estamos sendo transformados em cabeças pensantes destituídas de emoção em razão da massificação que transformam pessoas em seres "brancos" para se misturem perfeitamente na multidão. Uma das "raças" que mais sofrem desse mal são os "críticos": aqueles serem que servem para julgar o trabalho dos outros. Em busca da aceitação pelas cabeças pensantes, muitos esquecem que a música (a arte de uma maneira geral) é feita de emoção e, não, apenas, de razão. Por isso, seus julgamentos estão cada vez mais pautados em detalhes tão elitizados que o fator emoção se perde. Uma lástima abominável.

    Vocês leram essa introdução/desabafo tão grande para que eu possa explicar o que direciona o meu "trabalho" aqui e no blog: emoção. Claro, também preciso dar espaço para a razão, mas não é ela que está no comando no "frigir dos ovos". Então, vocês poderão notar que a critica que segue, provavelmente, deve ser bem distinta do que os "conceituados" críticos vão achar sobre o debut álbum do inglês Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour é um trabalho muito bom, pois é um trabalho emocionante.

    Sam Smith não quer nada mais que apenas tirar um suspiro ou uma lágrima de quem ouvir sua música. E isso não é problema nenhum já que ele consegue fazer com maestria. Aqui, Sam não está em busca de sentimentos refinados e complicados, mas, sim, ele busca tirar os sentimentos mais primários e simples que um ser humano pode possuir. In the Lonely Hour é sobre corações quebrados, amores frustrados e decepções devastadoras. Nada mais primário que sofrer por amor. Nada mais simples que o amor, pois, em sua complexidade estrutural, ele é igual para todos os seres humanos na face da Terra. Porém, Sam não pretende elevar esses sentimentos aos píncaros da glória como fez a Adele em 21, mas, simplesmente, fazer você apenas sentir essa dor "agridoce" do amor. Como principal compositor, Sam entrega letras magistralmente delicadas, mas com uma emoção verdadeira e tocante. Desde os sentimentos mais platônicos até os mais melancólicos, In the Lonely Hour é uma viagem na mente de um jovem que coloca em músicas as suas experiências. Sincero e sensível. Essas são as principais qualidades das composições, mesmo não sendo trabalhos geniais no que tange a construção, conseguem cumprir seu objetivo com o máximo de louvor. E nada muda o fato que Sam revelou que o álbum foi feito para uma paixão não correspondida dele por outro homem. Amor é amor.

    Emoldurando todo esse turbilhão de emoções, Sam Smith também se mostrar um cantor com um potencial imenso. Ninguém melhor que o próprio autor das composições para interpretá-las, então, por isso, espere performances emocionantes e quase viscerais. Porém, Sam segue um caminho interessante ao entregar essas emoções de maneira contida, intimista e delicada deixando as canções mais leves sem cair no dramalhão desnecessário. Com ajuda de seu belíssimo tom, Sam entrega momentos inspirados como, por exemplo, em Lay Me Down, aqui em uma versão diferente do que foi lançada como single, em que a produção, aliada com os vocais magníficos de Sam, criam um trabalho impressionante trabalhando com as nuances e um clímax de tirar o fôlego. Infelizmente, nem tudo são elogios para In the Lonely Hour. O álbum é basicamente um trabalho pop com inspiração soul em que a produção faz um trabalho correto e bem, mas careta em sua sonoridade, sem apresentar nada de novo ou mais ousado. Ao menos, a produção acerta o tom das faixas ajudando positivamente o resultado final. Outros momentos de destaque, além do já citado, do álbum são Stay With Me, Leave Your Lover, Not In That Way e Make It To Me. O que eu não entendi é a canção Money On My Mind, a grande bola fora do CD. Contudo, o que importa aqui é que Sam Smith fez um álbum para ser ouvido de coração aberto. E que bom que tem ainda pessoas capazes de produzir esse tipo de trabalho sem se importar com as opiniões de críticos. Inclusive essa, que nada mais é que apenas mais uma opinião. Honesta, mas apenas mais uma.
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  5. Jul 14, 2014
    5
    An album that sadly fails on the expectations and greatness of Sam Smith's voice!

    As most, I came across Smith for his features on the duo
    An album that sadly fails on the expectations and greatness of Sam Smith's voice!

    As most, I came across Smith for his features on the duo Disclosure- and Naughty Boy's big hits, "Latch" and "La La La" (respectively), songs he provided his excellent pipes for.
    Aside the brilliant beat use from the two, Sam Smith's angelic soul was a reason to fall in-love with. A voice that lead to push the tracks higher on the charts, and for the many continuously radio plays.
    He was a star in the making, a young man whom critics and fans hailed as pretty much the up-coming of an Adele, in opposite gender though.
    With a couple of great songs and EPs later, it looked heavenly for Sam Smith and his debut LP "In The Lonely Hour".

    Songs such as "Stay With Me" was one of them early ones, and the anticipations for his debut went all sky-rocket. It is a perfect example of a stunning ballad with beautifully layered production behind his on-point lyrics and vocal-delivery about a one night stand Sam wants to hold on till, Smith is a loner.

    While unrequited love, loneliness and sadness is something most people know a thing or two about, too much of it, can hurt on the wrong foot (see: "Like I Can"). Cause past the four-five opening tracks, songs on the second-half becomes all more filler, corny and more of an everlasting long cut of the same-samey.
    Even the second track, "Good Thing" that starts off wonderful with whispery guitar riffs, gripping vocals and catchy melodies, suffers from Hollywood cheesiness on the string department when the bridge kicks in.
    That's most of the album in emotions, it feels like a soul lost in Hollywood, and not the concept record of being the love-letter to the man he loved. Instead we get A-B-C rhymes about "June" and "Spoon" on a track like "Not in That Way".
    The album ends on a sweet and good note though with "Lay Me Down" a track listeners had experience and praise with before and after the release of the album.

    The album feels uncompleted as an overall project, and well yeah the songs flows nicely into each other, it might be because it feels like the other one before that and the next one that plays on. And while we have seen a one-dimensional record hit home before, this did not with it's, at times, mediocre/un-interesting production and it's duds on lyrics and delivery.

    "In The Lonely Hour" is nowhere near being a bad record, in fact it is enjoyable mostly cause of the outstanding voice of Sam Smith, and it is better than most in mainstream pop to come out.
    But that's it, I/we do not want him to be an average musician, a musician to fade away. We expect risks, rawer products and less safe-zone of an album even if it is executed poorly. In the end, at least it will be mentioned and recognized.. and, respectable.
    Sam Smith needs a fresh start, new team or direction to accomplish much more bigger succes, not just in sales but in hearts of sceptics, and fans as I.
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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", SamThis 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 soI 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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