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Smith co-wrote his debut album and also won an Academy Award for co-writing “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film Spectre. He says there’s a “few moments” on his first album “where I think to myself, ‘I would have changed that. I would have done that differently.'”

 

“There’s a few songs I really (expletive) hate, but then the core of the album, songs like ‘Stay With Me,’ ‘I’m Not the Only One’ — actually all the songs except ‘Money on My Mind’ — I really love and I’m really proud of the classic-ness of the way they sound, because I still listen to them now and I still love them,” he said. “The music I’m making at the moment, it’s very much a beautiful little transition from there and it fits.”

 

In the Lonely Hour featured emotional pop songs about love lapses and unrequited love, including song titles like “Leave Your Lover” and “I’m Not the Only One.” It reached multiplatinum status in the United States and won four Grammy Awards, including song and record of the year for “Stay With Me.”

 

“Every day I’m having little epiphanies and changes and loving it. But all I can say is that I’m putting my heart even more out on the (expletive) line,” Smith said. “I’m going even deeper. I can’t believe I’m even doing it, but I’m going even deeper.”

 

3/3/2016 by Associated Press Associated Press