Sam Smith has surely become a popular artist recently. However, his “Latch” hook sounds incredibly familiar to the style of B. Slade, an American artist. B. Slade is known for his high-range accentuations, signature from his former gospel years as “Tonex.”
Likewise, B. Slade has worked with some of the most influential artists in the musical industry, from Faith Evans to Chaka Khan to Sheila E.
— B.Slade™ (@BSladeNow) January 19, 2015
B. Slade’s genres also have range. On some of his albums, he has gone from rock gospel…
… to jazz…
… to R&B and soul…
… and back to gospel.
After listening to Sam Smith‘s hook in “Latch,” do you think the methods are similar?
Both are exceptional singers in their own rights. It takes practice, skill and determination to even execute such range. B. Slade and Sam Smith happen to be able to do it with little effort.
Likewise, Sam and B. Slade seem not to conform to musical “norms.” Possibly, their expressional freedom is what makes them stand apart from the musical crowd of artists.
What are your thoughts about Sam Smith and B. Slade? Do they sound alike? What are their similarities and differences?
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