A young, openly gay soul-music stunner from the U.K., Smith’s voice might be familiar to you from his collaboration on Disclosure’s hit dance track “Latch”—an acoustic version of which is featured on this, his debut full-length. While Smith’s vocal talent is evident, the production and songwriting veer closer to a basic modern stripped-down smooth sound. So if you’re looking for more of that new-throwback U.K. blue-eyed soul sound (see: Adele), try Lonely Hour. Capitol Records (capitolrecords.com). —Tori Laxalt
Tori Laxalt is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.
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