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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for British singer-songwriter Sam Smith features guest appearances from Koffee, Kim Petras, Jessie Reyez, and Ed Sheeran.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 27, 2023
    80
    Smith sings rings around themselves and the material, elevating both the banal and the sublime with smokey curlicues of tremulous falsetto.
  2. Jan 24, 2023
    80
    A compact, steadily flowing collection of pop songs that showcase Smith’s vocal versatility and personal growth.
  3. 80
    An album that’s rich musically, thematically and above all, emotionally. Sam Smith has never sounded better because they’ve never been more themselves.
  4. Jan 27, 2023
    60
    Overall, Gloria seesaws between being compelling and generic, with just enough highs to keep you interested throughout.
  5. Feb 3, 2023
    60
    It's largely unobtrusive and serviceable, distinguished mostly by Smith's elastic voice and increased specificity and complexity to the reflective and romantic songs.
  6. Jan 30, 2023
    60
    Smith is an easy fit for disco pop. ... But then Ed Sheeran crops up on Who We Love, bearing the unnecessary gift of a midtempo wet blanket.
  7. Jan 31, 2023
    50
    For as much as Smith tries to step out of the box, they still sound most comfortable playing to their previously established strengths.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 14 out of 29
  1. Jan 27, 2023
    10
    Sam supo pulir cada parte del álbum y eso hace que el álbum sea esencial e inusual
  2. Jan 27, 2023
    10
    I loved the album,Honestly, I think that some songs lacked a vocal,But all in all, well produced and quite addictive.
  3. Feb 1, 2023
    9
    The hate on Sam after the release of 'Gloria' is completely incomprehensible to me. A lot of people even when 'Thrill of It All' was releasedThe hate on Sam after the release of 'Gloria' is completely incomprehensible to me. A lot of people even when 'Thrill of It All' was released complained that Sam didn't take any risks and kept recording songs in the same arrangement, and when Sam took a risk people started hating non-stop. I personally think that this album is really great. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2023
    5
    Unholy doesn't belong on this album, all the other songs are throwback Sam Smith classics, but then we have the Ed Sheeran-duet Who We Love,Unholy doesn't belong on this album, all the other songs are throwback Sam Smith classics, but then we have the Ed Sheeran-duet Who We Love, and that unbearable GIMME. Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2023
    1
    Beyoncé did the real Queer Renaissance, Sam Smith restored the Middle Ages sanctimoniousness. It was supposed to be the album of freedom, ofBeyoncé did the real Queer Renaissance, Sam Smith restored the Middle Ages sanctimoniousness. It was supposed to be the album of freedom, of hedonism, of queer expressiveness. It sounds like the chorus of Italy's most oppressive and bigoted Catholic church. Gragorian and medieval chants, I don't hear queer dance wonders. Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2023
    0
    the album is repetitive and it becomes very boring and difficult to listen to, the sounds are not good
  7. Jan 29, 2023
    0
    I can gladly say, this is quickly going down as one of the worst albums I've ever listened to. Sam Smith is utter garbage with no talentI can gladly say, this is quickly going down as one of the worst albums I've ever listened to. Sam Smith is utter garbage with no talent whatsoever. This is an easy 0 and Unholy is the worst song I've ever heard. Sam Smith is the worst along with Rod Wave. Expand

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