Sam Smith stopped by BBC Radio 1‘s Live Lounge to add his powerhouse vocal to a cover of Tracy Chapman‘s acoustic-soul offering “Fast Car” ca ’88. Where Chapman’s guitar takes the lead on her rendition, Smith strips things down and updates the track all at once, using his commanding vox to anchor an already tender sonic treatment. One thing’s for sure, Smith really knows how to turn out his favorite cuts, having done the same for Whitney Houston‘s “How Will I Know” just a few months back, seaming to steal the air out of any room he croons for. His In The Lonely Hour LP has been sitting pretty atop charts since its May release and it can be copped via iTunes today. Watch Sam Smith take Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” for a live and direct spin below.
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