The young British singer Sam Smith got his start by singing on Disclosure’s “Latch,” and “Money On My Mind,” his first solo hit, is a lithe dance-pop track. But In The Lonely Hour, Smith’s new debut album, is a different story; it’s a heartfelt and expertly sung blue-eyed soul album that sometimes verges on adult contemporary. That reads like a dismissal, but if you have any warmth in your heart for that sort of thing, it really is a beautiful piece of work. The album is already out in England, where the massed music-business forces are doing what they can to turn him into the new Adele, and it arrives in North America next week. We’ve already posted early tracks like “Stay With Me” and “Leave Your Lover,” and now you can stream the whole thing at NPR.
In The Lonely Hour is out 6/17 on Capitol.