Sam Smith’s soulful voice cries out for a more imaginative setting than the rote gospel-pop and balladry that the hotly tipped newcomer finds himself saddled with on his debut album.

The intriguingly twisted romantic fantasy of “Good Thing”, which begins with Smith singing, “I had a dream I was mugged outside your house,” stands out from its bland surroundings like a red herring.

Sam Smith

In the Lonely Hour

(Capitol)

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