By Desiree Hoy, Guest Writer
It’s been a while since we all first heard the single “Latch” by Disclosure hit the radio waves. With lyrics like “You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down” it is clear why this record is undeniably one of the most touching yet upbeat songs we’ve latched onto in a while. The electronically blessed brothers that call themselves “Disclosure” made that amazing beat, but the lyrics left us all thinking “Where did this amazing voice come from?”
His debut album “In the Lonely Hour” was just released June 17, 2014, and he has already gained worldwide popularity. The way that every song engages our adult interpersonal thoughts on longed-for love, and the uncertainties in life this album could easily be considered a classic. The album has widely received positive reviews from fans and critics.
A writer for the Rolling Stone, Caryn Ganz called Smith a “Gifted Blue-Eyed Soulster,” and said that he “Provides a room of soaring riffs over fingerpicked guitars” on the album.
One thing I can say about British artists is that they really do know how to properly deliver a Blues album. British soul-singers embody the combination of a truly astounding voice and unspeakably honest lyrics. This combination captures the listeners in an uncanny and riveting way. Adele and Amy Winehouse are perfect examples of other artist that have this effect on listeners.
The London-native recently cleaned-up at the MOBO Awards, taking home the award for Best RnB Artist and Best Song (“Stay With Me”). He is scheduled to perform at the upcoming American Music Awards alongside Mary J. Blige who recently collaborated with him on his chart topping single. The wildly successful song “Stay With Me” is the third the single off of the album, and the fourth single was just recently released titled “I’m Not The Only One”. This song is about the heartache that follows infidelity, and as of now has peaked to #20 on the U.S. Billboard 100.
Smith is set to start his North American Tour this winter, and will be performing at the Masonic Temple in Midtown Detroit Thursday, Jan. 22, 2014. These tickets were set to go on sale Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, and are selling out fast in other cities.
Tickets reportedly sold out at Madison Square Garden in just 30 minutes. For those of you that don’t know Madison Square Garden is the Infamous Venue in New York holds about 20,000 people, so selling out of tickets in 30 minutes in kind of a big deal.
Every song on Smith’s album is forceful yet heartfelt, and has something special to offer that connects with the lonely soul. He himself has never been in a relationship which is why his album perfectly captures what it feels like to be alone. At only 22, Smith is taking the world by storm with this amazing voice, and I have to say I expect to see more great things from him in the future.