Why You Should Absolutely Listen To Sam Smith's Album Right Now

Why You Should Absolutely Listen To Sam Smith's Album Right Now

"In a world of reinventions, it's never too late."
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You may only know about Sam Smith because of his incredibly over-played hit "Stay With Me" that played on the radio every twenty minutes for the better part of a year.

Even as someone who loved and still loves that song, I have to admit that I got tired of listening to his crooning every single time I got in a car. It's been two years since his first album, "In the Lonely Hour," was released, and now he has graced us all with his newest, "The Thrill of it All." He's come a long way from the sappy love songs that jump-started his career and has now started to write songs that show the deeper meaning of what it is to be human.

"I know you're right for me, but I'm waiting for everything in your world to align with my world."

There is so much uncertainty that comes with letting yourself be vulnerable to someone else and, in "Say it First," Sam Smith puts all of those feelings into words. One of the reasons that I love this album so much is the amazing job that is done of putting feelings that no one really knows how to express into words that we can all relate to.

"I lift my head up and the world is on fire. There's dread in my heart and fear in my bones, I just don't know what to say."

I was listening to this song, titled "Pray," on Spotify recently, and happened to look at the little pop up that tells you the meaning of the lyrics as they are played in the song. Apparently, this song is about Smith's visit to Iraq where he discovered that there was so much he'd been ignoring about the problems in the world. This song is about how it is so much easier to tune out the bad things that are happening instead of learning about them and making an effort to bring some good.

"I choose me, and I know that's selfish, love. You are a dream, and I can't thank you enough. But, I give another piece of me away every waking day that I'm with you."

This song, "Midnight Train," is one of the most imagery-packed songs that I've ever heard. It's stunningly beautiful. His vocals are amazing and really make you feel what he's feeling.

"So I'm gonna play my favorite rhythm; got to get you out of my system. I would do anything to get you off my mind. I'm gonna have to call my sisters, be around the ones who listen, anything to drown you out tonight."

"Baby, You Make Me Crazy" is the classic feel-good song. It's such a nice change from the deep and emotional roller coaster that the rest of the album is. There are so many good vibes in this one.

"In a world of reinventions, it's never too late"

The single greatest line on the entire album comes in the final song, "One Day at a Time." It's all about enjoying life, while not getting ahead of yourself and over-planning for the future. I'm a huge sucker for perfect endings to albums, and this one is no different. After the ups and downs that "The Thrill of it All" puts us through, this is a perfectly calming ending. I am stunned every time I listen to this album by the sheer beauty and talent that Sam Smith has. So, if you're looking for some new jams, check these out. Even if they don't end up being your all time favorites, I promise you won't regret it.

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Ten Amazing Songs You Haven't Heard Yet

A look into my Spotify playlist:
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1. Dare You to Run by Ariela Jacobs:

This is more of an acoustic piano song. It’s haunting in its tune yet extremely calming. This is a perfect song to falling asleep to.

“Sleep still haunts me now…I don’t know why, I dared you to run.”

2. Guy.exe. by Superfruit:

This song is good for people who are feeling lonely. It has a great beat but it’s also slow. This is definitely a jam for all the single ladies out there!

Where all the boys at with emotional stability?
Nice car, a CEO, and almost just as smart as me”

3. Habits of My Heart by Jaymes Young:

This is a song about an abusive relationship. It talks about the cognitive dissonance that the man experiences. This is a twist on the usual sob story of a damsel in distress calling for help. Instead, the man is struggling to help himself in a war between what’s good for him and his sexual needs.

“'Cause I'd rather be alone
But you're fermented in my bones”

4. Devil Like Me by Rainbow Kitten Surprise:

Not only is the band's name really cool, but they also have a great message.

"Is the devil so bad if he cries in his sleep, while the earth turns
And his kids learned to say, f*** you, they don't love you.
Does the devil get scared if she dies in her dreams, where the earth burns?


5. For Keeps by Lily Kershaw:

This is a really calming song; another good one for going to bed. The notes are hit perfectly and the song talks about being in a relationship that can never last. There are some really great metaphors in this song; there's something for everyone.

“I know you’re not for keeps
Just like pebbles on the beach
And this love is not for free
But they’re banking on you and me”





6. Timmy’s Got a Gun by 1AMVRKA:

This is a rap song with a good message. What are we doing to our children that make them want to kill others? How are kids growing up so fast that they have a gun in their hand; a life in their arms before they can vote?

"I bet they blame Eminem
But where are the -----,
where are the teachers the preachers where the f*** are their parents at?”


7. Cringe by Stripped:

This is a story about how love can turn into hate. It’s a very real song about how the little things can destroy a relationship.

“oh I make you cringe now
don't I make you cringe?”

8. AMBiVALENT by Sam Lachow:

This is a super fun song with a few old songs mashed into it. For example, all Missy Elliot lovers can rejoice that there is a stanza just for her. This song is a fun jam to laugh at.

“I’m not perfect,
I once freed seven monkey’s from the circus!”

9. Jack Daniels by Mike Stud:

This song touches on how fame can lead to addiction; how being famous isn’t about being perfect. It talks about how hard it is to be in the limelight as a role model and also a struggling addict.

For the money and the fame and the antics
For the pain they don't really see the damage
Just me and my boy Jack Daniels”


10. Helicopters by Stop Light Observations:

This song makes good use of wind instruments. It talks about staying in the moment and living life for the good times. It’s about a man who feels great but also has downs in his life. He’s struggling to find a way to balance his emotions.

“If time was my lady, Then right now I would stop her And hover over this here moment Like a helicopter.”


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Does Your Myers-Briggs Personality Match Your Hogwarts House?

So you think you're a Gryffindor...
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If you are by any means a Harry Potter fan, it is likely that you have given some thought to which Hogwarts House you would be placed in if you were a witch or wizard attending the school of witchcraft yourself. These houses separate students according to their personalities, whether their dominant attributes include things such as bravery, loyalty, knowledge, ambition etc.

As the normal muggles we are, we find various ways to separate ourselves based on personality as well; such as extroverts versus introverts. In fact, many people have taken what is called the Myers-Briggs Personality Test to discover which of the 16 different personality types they are. Each of the different personality types is comprised of four letters. The first letter can be an E or I, standing for extrovert and introvert. The second letter is either an N or S, stands for intuition or sensing. The third is a T or F, standing for thinking or feeling. And the fourth is a J or P, standing for judging or perceiving.

You can take this quiz here!

What if your Myers-Briggs personality type somehow correlated to what your Hogwarts House would be? According to the test, here is which Hogwarts House you would supposedly be in based on your results.

Gryffindor

ENTJ, ESFJ, INFP, ISFJ

Known for their bravery and leadership, some Gryffindors may be described as being reckless or blunt. Other staples of your average Gryffindor include chivalry, nerve and being daring. They put their actions to noble causes.

Hufflepuff

ENTP, INFJ, ENFP, ISFP

Known for their hard work and loyalty, a Hufflepuff is a true friend to have. Other staples of a Hufflepuff include patience and dedication. It is the most accepting of all the four houses.

Ravenclaw

INTP, INTJ, ISTJ, ISTP

Known for their wit and creativity, other staples of an average Ravenclaw include originality, intelligence and wisdom. It is hard not to love a crafty mind.

Slytherin

ENFJ, ESTP, ESFP, ESTJ

Known for their ambition, a Slytherin is willing to do whatever they can to succeed. Contrary to popular belief, not all Slytherins are "evil". Their cunning and resourceful nature often leads others to wonder how they always find a way to the top.

Did your Hogwarts House match up the way you expected it to?

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