When Sam Smith came out with his first solo song since his second album (a quietly uplifting ballad for the Watership Down Soundtrack), I didn’t think much of it. Artists do songs for soundtracks all the time; it doesn’t mean they necessarily have anything else in the works. I woke up this morning to “Dancing With A Stranger,” a smooth, rhythmic R&B-inflected Pop song that compels you dance away any thoughts of your past relationships. “Look what you made me do/I’m with somebody new,” Smith duets with Normani (formerly of Fifth Harmony). The song is a change of pace from the soul of his first two albums, moving Smith into a more Pop-oriented territory. I haven’t heard heartbreak sound this refreshing in a while, and I’m excited for what he’ll do next.
Written by Kelly Robinson