You’ve GOT to Hear This: Sam Smith – “Not In That Way”

Sam Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”, which peaked at number eleven on the UK chart. He released his debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour, on 26 May 2014. One of his more gut-wrenching songs on the album, Not in That Way, is certainly something to listen to.

Not In That Way is a song about unrequited love. The emotional stages of telling someone you love them, but they don’t love you in the same way. If this never happened to you in your teenage years, you’re either Beyonce, or you’re lying. Sam Smith really connects to the audience about the feelings of being ‘friendzoned’ – if you will- and it’s certainly spot on. Sam recreates the atmosphere of confessing your love to someone, and for them to let you down easy by telling you that they love you, but only as a friend. This song certainly deserves a spot on the ‘breakup’ playlist.

Throughout the course of the song, Sam pulls the audience into his mind, displaying to us how actually feels, and as a result, it prompts you to really think about that one time when you were rejected. Personally I think Sam is using this tactic so when he’s at shows he can pull more of a reaction from the crowd, like all great breakup songs. And If I ever get to go see Sam Smith in concert, I’m 100% positive that there won’t be a dry eye in the crowd when Not in That Way plays.

Another thing that I noticed about this was that Sam clearly displays that he’s very musically beyond his years in this acoustic song, as he uses his voice in a way that i haven’t heard before and the goes to new depths. His vocals and guitar playing are perfectly on par with each other, and  I think that if he was to execute this song any differently, it wouldn’t have the proper effect That Sam was trying to create. By singing this song in acoustic, it automatically makes for an intimate and much more emotional feel, and the listener can really connect to Sam’s feelings. Some artists today don’t realize that doing this can create such a change in their music and how is gets across, but Sam certainly has it figured out.

Alexandria Hay |

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