We caught some flack a couple weeks ago because we said that Sam Smith
was a little bit boring in a post about Hozier covering "Lay Me Down."
And while we stand by that statement, we aren't saying that Sam Smith is, in and of himself, stale. The songwriting and arrangements on his solo record debut were totally uninspired and it did him no favors. Clearly, the man can sing. That's never been in question. But the songwriting just wasn't there on last year's In The Lonely Hour
. Compare that to "Latch" with Disclosure
which is a solid pick for one of the top 5 songs of the 2010s. Sam's voice gets to shine and it's paired with the sort of craft that enhances his talent instead of expecting his voice to do all the leg work. Disclosure are at their best when they have the right vocal partners, and Sam Smith's angelic falsetto is the perfect counterpoint to their house production.
That synergetic pairing was on full display when Disclosure & Sam Smith stopped by the BBC's Live Lounge to cover Drake
's "Hotline Bling," and they nail it. The production is danceable and grooveable and Sam Smith's voice does what only it can. This is your metier, Sam Smith. Not mopey pop songs. Remember that.
And be sure to check out our exclusive concert with Disclosure below.