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EDITORS’ NOTES

Sam Smith's plaintive voice is a quaveringly vulnerable thing. As fragile as Adele's is robust and every bit as emotive, it has taken Smith from special-guest status on dance tracks by Naughty Boy and Disclosure to the singer’s own James Bond song and beyond. Whether dramatically crooning torch songs with an orchestra or exploring upper registers over dance beats, Smith's tracks are often stark and confessional—heartbroken postcards from the end of the tether—and tinged with gospel fervor and the raw honesty of soul.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sam Smith's plaintive voice is a quaveringly vulnerable thing. As fragile as Adele's is robust and every bit as emotive, it has taken Smith from special-guest status on dance tracks by Naughty Boy and Disclosure to the singer’s own James Bond song and beyond. Whether dramatically crooning torch songs with an orchestra or exploring upper registers over dance beats, Smith's tracks are often stark and confessional—heartbroken postcards from the end of the tether—and tinged with gospel fervor and the raw honesty of soul.

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