Music Review: Sam Smith – Odes To Joy, Or Songs Of Celebration


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

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Sam Smith – The Thrill Of It All World Tour / Ticketpro Dome, Randburg, Johannesburg


There’s a lot that someone who hadn’t seen footage of Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All world tour would have expected when arriving for his Johannesburg show: polished pop; clean, clear, high vocals and the sort of British matinee idol charm offered by the likes of Robbie Williams in his prime. Happily, that is all delivered, with expectations met and exceeded within the first couple of songs.

What many might not have expected is the wide-eyed, unabashed joy generated by Smith and his excellent band – four backing singers, a cellist, a guitarist, a keys player, a bassist and sublime drummer Jonathan “Ginger” Hamilton – in the opening segment of a set that is never less than engaging.

Smith strides onto stage – he has a model’s swagger – with a smile on his face that soon becomes a goofy grin as he realises that pretty much everyone in the sold-out…

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