There are few singers whose voices come close to that of Amy Winehouse, her delivery unparalleled in terms of rich soulfulness and emotive intensity. One of those is Sam Smith, a crooner capable of sounding like an awe-inspiring choirboy one minute and a terribly broken, bluesy lover the next. It comes as no surprise, then, that Smith would cover Winehouse, and impressively enough, do it justice.
The “Stay With Me” pop star took on the late songstress’ “Love is a Losing Game”, and it’s nothing short of devastating — just as Winehouse probably would’ve wanted. As Stereogum points out, Smith debuted the rendition on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 program this afternoon, as well as talked about how Winehouse influenced his own career.
“I saw the film recently and, sometimes, people forget my age,” he told Annie. “I was 11 years old when Frank came out […] and that album has really shaped me as an artist and my views on music and my relationship with music, lyrically. Seeing that film brought me back to that moment of being 11 years old — her rawness on such beautiful chords, on such expensive chords.”
Listen in below.
The cover will appear on Smith’s deluxe reissue of In the Lonely Hour, which hits stores tomorrow. The release also includes the powerful ballad “Drowning Shadows“, which he premiered earlier this week.