Brinley Hineman // Contributing writer
Sam Smith let his fans in on a big surprise at the beginning of October: he would be re-releasing his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in a double-disc format complete with new songs.
Smith announced the release of this album, The Lonely Hour: The Drowning Shadows Edition, via Twitter to fans on October 2. He also announced the release of a new song, “Drowning Shadows,” which is filled with suffocating regret and sadness.
In a series of tweets, Smith states, “This album, this journey has changed my life.” Like many artists, Smith uses his music to experience emotional growth and to reflect certain periods of his life. This is especially prevalent in In the Lonely Hour. The entire album is a story of heartbreak presented through stripped-back, emotionally charged songs.
“My debut album is just a diary from a lonely 21-year old,” Smith stated in a previous interview with Digital Spy, discussing the pains of unrequited love and his journey to recovering from heartbreak. He went on to state, “Hopefully I’ll be happier soon and I’ll write about that.”
There’s no question why Smith’s songs are so well received. Not only do they provide unquestionable talent, with his smooth voice and catchy music, but the 23-year-old singer also writes his own music.
Since the release of his debut album in 2014, Smith has blown up. He has an unmovable and devoted following and has quickly become one of America’s favorite artists.
This doesn’t compare to his success in the U.K. At the mere age of 21, Smith appeared as featured vocalist on “Latch,” a track by electronic duo Disclosure. In no time at all, the song shot to number 11 in the U.K.
In the Lonely Hour topped not only album charts in the U.K. but also the United States. His album also topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden. Smith has created quite the name for himself in his short career and is revered all over the world — quite the feat for someone in his mid-twenties.
The album’s second disc contains covers of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston. Fans can find this highly anticipated album re-release on either iTunes or Spotify now.
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