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Sam Smith 

When: Mon., July 27, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $39.50-$79.50
Not to be confused with the terrific British brewery, soul/R&B/pop singer Sam Smith is already hugely successful in the U.K. where his debut came out last year and battled Coldplay's Ghost Stories for the spot at the top of the charts. That success has translated stateside. The guy's a helluva singer. Album opener "Money on My Mind" immediately announces his unique vocal phrasing. His quivering vocals take center stage on tracks such as "Good Thing" and "Leave Your Lover," both of which feature some rather overwrought string arrangements. The gospel arrangement on "Stay with Me" is a bit much too. Smith is at his best when he really lets loose, which he successfully does on "Like I Can" and "Lay Me Down," songs about unrequited love that come off as genuine confessions of self-doubt. (Niesel)


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