Album: In The Lonely Hour
Label: Capitol
Producer: Jimmy Napes

Sam Smith's emotional unrest is on full display on "Stay With Me," a record that beautifully captures why everyone is starting to fall in love with the 22-year-old singer. Figuratively speaking. The song centers around Smith's innocent plea for comfort as he sings, "Guess it's true, I'm not good at a one-night stand/But I still need love cause I'm just a man." Smith flexes his incredible vocal range with fervor, owning up to the title critics have recently bestowed upon him: The male Adele. Listening to his debut album In the Lonely Hour, it becomes clear that the title of this record is merely a pipe dream for Smith, who details a personal account of unrequited love throughout his album. In this case though, heartbreak has its reward. —Edwin Ortiz

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